Engen Xtreme driver Kosie Weyers makes a clean sweep in East London
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Kosie Weyers lead his blue and yellow Engen Xtreme Polo to a convincing win at
the weekend in East London. The driver, who admittedly has not had much success
since bursting on scene at the Engen National Race day in March, has since
returned to his winning ways.
On what is considered South Africa's fastest and longest track, Kosie from the
start of Heat 1 stormed to a convincing lead, with Matthew Hodges in tow and
teammate Miguel Pasqualli in third, challenging for second. Kosie in what can be
considered a more superior performance on the day threw his Polo into the bends
with ease, leaving his rivals behind.
Pasqualli and Hodges in a dice for second place had an unfortunate coming
together on the fast and tight right hand Cocabana turn, with Miguel trying to
sneak past Hodges on the inside, resulting in both running wide and into the
rough. With Kosie streaks ahead and taking the chequered flag, Miguel picked up
a puncture after the incident, but bravely fought to the end, hanging onto 3rd.
Before the start of Heat 2, the top three drivers cars were seconded into parc
firme where a fuel control was imposed, requiring each of the cars fuel to be
drained and then topped up with 20 litres of fuel supplied by the race
marshal's, so as to ensure that no illegal fuels or additives are included to
In Heat 2, it was much of the same action with Kosie launching himself into the
front of the pack and quickly establishing a convincing two car lead over his
nearest rival. As in Heat 1, Miguel Pasqualli and Matthew Hodges were involved
in a heated battle for second place. This action was however overshadowed by the
young Xtreme driver, with Kosie guiding his car around the course, ensuring that
no mistake was made. Miguel, who was on the verge of overtaking Hodges down the
long home straight, in a twist of fate, suffered gearbox failure. This meant
that he was changing from 4th gear straight into 6th, and thus losing out on
that crucial 5th gear power band. Miguel managed to hang onto 3rd place; with
teammate Kosie Weyers winning in what was reminiscent of his debut in PE,
stamping his authority on the challenge for the top.
Overall, Kosie finished in top spot on the day with Miguel in fourth place after
he was stripped of his third overall position after a late hearing, where he was
penalised for his involvement in the incident between himself and Hodges in Heat
After the race Kosie commented, "Die kar was vandag blitsvinning en het baie
goed gevoel om die draaie en straights. Ek dink ons gaan die setup dieselfde hou
vir die volgende race by Kyalami." This resurgent optimism the Cape local will
undoubtedly carry with him and boost his confidence as the whole teams prepares
for the next race meet on 27 June at Kyalami.