Oettinger Polo Cup dishes up fierce battles  as young drivers make their mark
Oettinger Polo Cup dishes up fierce battles  as young drivers make their mark
Oettinger Polo Cup dishes up fierce battles  as young drivers make their mark
Oettinger Polo Cup dishes up fierce battles  as young drivers make their mark

Oettinger Polo
Cup dishes up
fierce battles

as young drivers
make their mark

Oettinger Polo
Cup dishes up
fierce battles

as young drivers
make their mark

September 2020

  • Oettinger Polo Cup lives up to reputation as SA’s most competitive racing series
  • Series continues to develop talent and future champions
  • Two race wins for Natalian Clinton Bezuidenhout
  • Overall victory for Matt Shorter
  • Capetonian Dario Busi increases championship points lead
Delmas. Following two rounds of the hotly contested Oettinger Polo Cup at Pretoria’s Zwartkops Raceway, the series that is renowned for dishing up close racing moved to a new venue for the first time in 2020, albeit in front of empty stands at the Red Star Raceway as a result of the strict Covid-19 regulations. Fans did however receive the opportunity to follow all three races live on social media and those who did tune in were treated to the type of action that made this series so popular in the first place. 
Oettinger Polo Cup dishes up fierce battles  as young drivers make their mark

The Friday practice sessions confirmed what everyone already knew. Racing in the Oettinger Polo Cup is always a close affair, and round three of the championship at the Red Star Raceway near Delmas was not going to be any different with only tenths of separating the majority of the field. Qualifying is extremely important because a good starting position can go a long way when it comes to winning races in a field so tightly matched. Capetonian Dario Busi came to Delmas as the man with a big target on his back, as his name that appeared at the top of the championship standings, but with that position comes great responsibility. “I would like nothing more than claiming another win or two, but our objective this weekend was to see the bigger picture and protect the lead that we have on the championship points ladder,” said Busi before the Saturday morning’s qualifying session.

The Oates twins Justin and Darren were second and third on the points table respectively going into the Red Star weekend. The weekend also provided the opportunity for another youngster, Leyton Fourie, to make his mark as his name consistently appeared near the top of the standings throughout the weekend. Busi made a good start to his weekend by setting the third-fastest time in the Superpole qualifying session with the impressive young Fourie going second fastest in only his second ever Oettinger Polo Cup race meeting. Pole position, however, went to Natalian driver Clinton Bezuidenhout who set a time of 2:10.633 around the four kilometres of tarmac that make up the Red Star Raceway. This was just 0.142 seconds faster than Fourie, but sometimes a tenth of a second is all you need.