Engen Xtreme Polo Cup gear up for Killarney
05 May 2009
As the drivers of the Engen Xtreme Polos prepare for the next outing in
Cape Town on 9 May, their pitiable performances at Kyalami will still be
fresh in their minds after both drivers suffered the cold cruel hand of the
challenging race circuit first hand.
Veteran, Miguel Pasqualli and rookie, Kosie Weyers both suffered a blow to
their expectations for Kyalami when in Heat 1; the cam belt on Miguels
engine broke, resulting in the second engine having to be installed. Kosie
rolled his car on one of Kyalamis testing, quick corners in Heat 1. Both
drivers missed Heat 2, but managed to be race ready for Heat 3. As the heat
got underway, Miguels car overheated requiring him to pit and Kosie just
not seeming to find his race temperament resulting in him finishing near the
bottom of the field.
In qualifying on Saturday morning both drivers set out with very little
improvement, Miguel and Kosie qualified 7th and 20th respectively on the
grid for Race 1. From the outset the two Xtreme Polos were never in true
contention, with Miguel posing a minimal threat to the top five, whereas
Kosie, just never featured. Miguel finished Race 1 in 6th place. In Race 2
Miguel showed great pace off the starting line leading the field before
being overtaken by visibly more responsive cars on the day. Miguel was
quickly relegated to 5th place, a position he maintained till the end.
The weekend ended on somewhat of a sombre note. Kosie commented after the
dance events, Sulke dinge gebeur in motor racing. Gelukkig gaan ons in Mei
Killarney toe, waar ek en Miguel die baan baie goed ken. With both drivers
returning to their home track, they are positive that Killarney will prove
to be a far more successful outing, where they will be seeking to accumulate
maximum points on the day.