Dario Busi is the 2020 Oettinger Polo Cup champion
Dario Busi is the 2020 Oettinger Polo Cup champion
Dario Busi is the 2020 Oettinger Polo Cup champion
Dario Busi is the 2020 Oettinger Polo Cup champion

Dario Busi is the
2020 Oettinger
Polo Cup champion

Dario Busi is the
2020 Oettinger
Polo Cup champion

November 2020

  • Youngster Leyton Fourie wins Race 1
  • Chris Shorter dominates 40-minute long Race 2
  • Busi’s seventh and fourth place finishes respectively, earns him the 2020 Oettinger Polo Cup title
  • Clinton Bezuidenhout finishes second on the points table following a shortened season
Dario Busi is the 2020 Oettinger Polo Cup champion

In Port Elizabeth at the Aldo Scribante Race Track the 2020 Oettinger Polo Cup reached the Eastern Cape for the first time this season after two rounds at Zwartkops and one at the Red Star Raceway. Although there weren’t any spectators, SA’s most competitive series once again lived up to expectations. After a normal 10-lap race and a new format that saw the second race contested over a period of 40 minutes, it was Capetonian Dario Busi who walked away with one of the most coveted titles in South African Motorsport.

Dario Busi is the 2020 Oettinger Polo Cup champion

The Oettinger Polo Cup is renowned for developing young talent with many of its former stars and champions now competing successfully on the international stage. Although the 2020 season was shortened due to the worldwide pandemic, the series once again provided a platform for South Africa’s best young talents to display their skills. This was evident during all of the Friday’s practice sessions with a number of drivers near the top of the timesheets. Two such names were championship hopeful Clinton Bezuidenhout and 15-year old karter Leyton Fourie. It was the latter who managed to convert his pace into the all-important pole position during Saturday morning’s Superpole qualifying session. It was a close affair with Bezuidenhout setting a time only 0.039 seconds slower than the youngster. They were followed by the two Shorter brothers Matt and Chris with Arnold Neveling and JP van der Walt rounding out the top six.

When the lights turned green to signal the start of the first race, the young driver resisted immense pressure from the rest of the field to claim a flag to flag win. It was an impressive performance from the 15-year old in only his third ever Oettinger Polo Cup race meeting. Matt Shorter crossed the finish line just 0.6 seconds later with only another half a second separating him from his brother Chris who claimed the final step on the podium. The title fight however was between Bezuidenhout and Busi. The former gained some ground by finishing ahead of the latter, but the difference in points between Bezuidenhout’s fifth place and Busi’s seventh wasn’t enough to threaten the Capetonian’s overall lead.

Dario Busi is the 2020 Oettinger Polo Cup champion