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WhatPolo Cup Round 5 Report
WhereRed Star Raceway, Delmas
WhenSaturday 25 September 2021
CommunitySouth Africa National

Gio’s Polo Cup weekend of learning

Giordano Lupini’s return to the South African National Polo Cup championship proved as daunting as expected at Red Star Raceway at Delmas in Mpumalanga over the weekend. Lupini debuted his new Bullion IT Racing Polo GTI at Saturday’s Extreme Festival as he prepares for a full Cup season in 2022.

“Wow, that was a baptism of fire!” Franschhoek lad Giordano admitted. “We had initially planned to debut at our home track Killarney this weekend, but the venue was changed to Red Star after lockdown. “We knew it would be tough, but we decided, what the hell, let’s just go anyway. “So we arrived at perhaps the toughest racetrack on the Polo Cup calendar, which we had never seen before, with a new car prepared by a new Cape team expecting a steep learning curve. 

“Man did we get just that! “Red Star is tight, twisty and demanding — I even found myself lost - not sure where I was on the track in my first session on Friday, “But it came to me as we progressed and we had good pace in practice. “We made a few rookie mistakes in set-up, strategy and approach on the new rubber in qualifying and ended up at the back. 

“Still, I had a good battle, enjoyed a few dices and learned some huge lessons, which made it a most worthwhile trip after all. “Results? “Nothing to speak of. “Did we learn? Hell yes. “So it's mission accomplished. “Now go back and dust off, figure out where we can improve and we’ll be back soon. Special thanks to my race engineer Nian du Toit and my dad for all the support and help over the weekend and to our sponsor’s Bullion IT. 

“It was a tough weekend with a few hard knocks, but we will be back stronger. Bring it on!”


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