Castrol MINI John Cooper Works drivers confident ahead of Cape Town clash


Following their impressive showing in the opening round at Zwartkops  Raceway on March 1, the Castrol MINI John Cooper Works duo of Lee  Thompson and new team-mate Ryan Rhode are confident ahead of  Saturday’s round two at Killarney in Cape Town.

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Thompson, who qualified third and was third in the opening 10-lap  sprint race, was all set for his and MINI’s first win of the season in  the double-points 17-lap feature race when a brake hose clamp came off  the ABS pump and he eventually dropped back to fifth at the finish.  His combined race times saw him claim a respectable third place  overall in class T for the day.

Rhode, at just 19 and one of the most promising young production car  drivers, impressed in his debut Bridgestone Production Car outing with  a fast and gutsy drive from a poor grid position in race one to  challenge his experienced team-mate for third place before a front  wheel came off after the studs broke with two laps to go.

The talented youngster did well to stay out of trouble in the feature  race – his first in the wet – to finish sixth behind his ailing  team-mate. He was fifth overall for the day.

“We came to Zwartkops for the opening round with hardly any  preparation at all after finishing the rebuild of the two cars on the  morning of the races,” said Thompson. “Both cars showed great promise,  but we had our problems. This time we are very well prepared and go to  Cape Town after extensive testing during which we had no troubles at all.”

“Both drivers are very happy with their cars and we’re confident  we’ll be able to push hard for race wins on Saturday,” said team  principal Donovan van Heerden. “In fact, I’m really excited about this  weekend. “Lee won two of the three races last time we were at  Killarney, in October last year, and if we’ve got our sums right there  will be more of the same.

“We all know how good Lee is, but watch out for Ryan. He has a lot of  talent and was not overawed by the top company he found himself in on  debut at Zwartkops.”

In addition to principal sponsor Castrol, the team enjoys support  from MINI John Cooper Works, EPS Courier Services, Powerbrake and Sony  Playstation. In addition, ADF has secured a deal with one of the  world‘s leading sponsorship and brand engagement agencies, Octagon.