Lee Thompson Racing is gearing up for a historic weekend as the Gauteng-based Comsol Volkswagen Challenge squad prepares for the inaugural meeting of the renewed Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit 21-23 October with its lead drivers, Waldie Meintjes and Tasmin Pepper focussed on bringing home a Class A championship 1-2 by the time the season ends in four races time.
For now the focus remains on Kyalami, where Lee Thompson Racing’s seven cars will race twice on the Saturday of the three-day event. “We have a tight affair in class A with only a few points separating first to third places in the championship,” team boss Lee Thompson explains. “Both Waldie Meintjies and Tasmin Pepper stand a good chance of walking away with the title, so we have been hard at it in preparation – we tested straight after Cape Town and now we’re just taking time to go through the cars with a fine tooth comb – we can’t risk not finishing at Kyalami.
“We now also have a third car in Class A with older Crous brother Wayne having now joined us – testing last week indicated that it won’t be long before he is running in the front, our Class B trio is also ready and we are hoping to run with the top three there again. “We also had a total rebuild on Shaun Crous’ Class C car after his Killarney crash, but we are taking our time to make sure the new car is even better than the old one.”
“I have had a very good run over the past few races, so I hope I have a little good luck left for the rest of the year,” Waldie Meintjes who leads Class A in his silver Class A LTR Polo admitted. “Its close in the championship and Tasmin will be very quick at Kyalami, but I’m ready for the battle and for a great weekend at a great new racetrack.” Meintjies leads Rory Atkinson by 7 points in the Class A title chase, with teammate Pepper another 6 points adrift.
“I am so looking forward to Kyalami – I love the place, but we have not raced there in a long while,” Tasmin Pepper explained. “The new track looks great and I can’t wait to race on it again – Cape Town was an up and down kind of weekend again, so I am looking to hopefully make it a double win at Kyalami if all goes to plan. “The team has put a lot of effort into the car, let’s hope all stays together so we can pay back all the effort with a full house of points.”
A little further behind in Class B, RCS Security Lee Thompson Racing Polo Vivo Stewart brothers Milé and Daine will be looking for a positive weekend at their home track, “I’m looking forward to getting out on the new Kyalami circuit for the first time – it looks amazing,” Daine confirmed “We need a good result after a disappointing couple of rounds.” Brother Milé is intent to improve on a fair run in recent races. “Kyalami is special – I want to celebrate it with a special result!”
Lee Thompson’s third Class B driver Michael Harris is naturally looking forward to his first race at Kyalami in his red SA Lubes Polo Vivo “I need to come back strong at Kyalami after a frustrating weekend in the Cape,” Harris explained. “This meeting is going to be action packed, but it’s very important to push from the get go as we don’t have as many sessions as usual – the team has put in the hard yards, now it’s my turn.”
Shaun Crous is one driver certain to have a better weekend at Kyalami after he was eliminated from the previous Killarney weekend when his Class C Arco Construction Polo Vivo was taken out by an errant Class A car in Friday practice. “I really have to thank Lee and the team for their great effort in rebuilding my car after that disaster at Kyalami,” Crous, who won the class on his first outing with Thompson Racing in the previous round at Red Star rued. “All I want to do is win again to thank the guys.”