Adrian Wood’s return to the Oettinger Polo Cup this past weekend (March 13-14) saw him right at the centre of fierce midfield battles at Zwartkops Raceway.
The Kyocera Volkswagen Polo driver showed good pace in Friday’s three practice sessions. In Saturday morning’s qualifying session he set the ninth-fastest time, but had to abort the session early due to a spin through Turn 1 which caused damage to front tyres. Apart from not being able to change tyres, he also didn’t record a second flying lap which resulted in him having to start last on the Race 2 grid.
Race 1 saw Wood involved in an early incident which cost him track position, but a very confident performance to finish in 10th place. His stand-out drive on the day however came in Race 2. Starting from the back, he made up eight places in eight laps to finish in 14th position.
“We had to work hard for our points this weekend” said Wood. “I was confident heading into Saturday, but sadly my mistake in Qualifying cost me more than just a flying lap. I knew we would be on the back foot from that point on after flatspotting the tyres. But I gave it everything I’ve got in the two races.”
The second round of the 2020 Oettinger Polo Cup Championship is scheduled to take place at the Killarney International Raceway on April 17-18. However, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak within South Africa the calendar could be amended by Motorsport South Africa, the Extreme Festival or a hosting venue at a later stage.
Adrian Wood would like to thank the following partners for making his 2020 season possible: Kyocera Document Solutions, 36 Craft, TrevPar World, Sarah M Photography, NRG Office Solutions and Omni Technologies.
Published by: Reynard Gelderblom
Picture Caption: Adrian Wood drove two superb races given the damage done to his tyres.
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