Kosie Weyers readies himself for Kyalami
Monday, 24 August 2009
Young Cape Town local, Kosie Weyers showed his true mettle at the last race meet
in East London by notching two successive wins on the day, making his presence
felt in the Engen VW Polo Cup championship title chase.
In Heat 1 from the line the blue and yellow branded Engen Xtreme Polo's sped to
the front of the pack. Kosie, raced to the front of the field with teammate and
veteran Miguel Pasqualli in tow, who was getting himself involved in a tussle
for second place with Matthew Hodges. In a visibly high performing Polo, Kosie
outpaced the rest of the pack opening a sizeable lead at the front. The action
however came in the form of a tussle between Hodges and Pasqualli culminating in
a major contact between the two going into the fast tight right hand Copacabana
turn. Pasqualli trying to sneak by Hodges on the inside going into the turn
resulted in both cars running wide and into the rough. Even though Pasqualli
picked up a slow puncture because of the incident he managed to hang onto third
place behind Hodges, with Weyers clinching his first win of the day.
Before Heat 2, the three cars were seconded to parc firme by the Clerk of the
Court for a fuel control where each driver was required to drain his cars fuel,
and then they were supplied 20 litres of fuel by the race marshal's to ensure
that no performance enhancing additives were included.
As Heat 2 got underway, the fuel control didn't seem to have any effect on the
performance of the cars, as Kosie Weyers stormed to the front of the pack with
Miguel Pasqualli and Matthew Hodges in tow, again battling it out for second
spot. All eyes were however on youngster Kosie Weyers as he opened an even more
assuming lead at the front. Kosie cautiously guided his car around the track
with a safe lead, while teammate Miguel Pasqualli who was on the verge of
overtaking Hodges suffered gearbox failure. Even though Pasqualli was left to
race without fifth gear managed to hold onto 3rd place behind Hodges.
The laurels on the day were however bestowed on rookie Kosie Weyers who finished
1st overall on the day. 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 team and boost their
confidence as they prepare for the next race meet on 27 June at Kyalami.