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2006-09-18 11:57
With only three events of the 10-round championship remaining, Castrol MINI pilots Clint Weston and Garth Waberski both had mixed results in the previous round at Zwartkops.

With neither of them managing a win, their main Class T championship rival, Eckhart Schoenknecht, has come within reach of the title won last year by MINI in a clean sweep.

"It was not really that disappointing," said Weston after his second place finish in the first Zwartkops race a month ago. "But I shouldn't have allowed myself to get involved in this sort of trouble," he said after an on-circuit incident with the Golf of irregular competitor Hein Bose.

"I was forced off the circuit by Bose and then had a coming together with him again on the next corner," recalls Weston, who's car was sent flying two metres into the air, landing on all four wheels. "With a battered car I surprisingly finished second. All credit to the magnificent build quality of my Castrol MINI!"

However, the damage from the incident had been done, evidenced by Weston being forced into retirement before the start of the second race.

"The right rear suspension broke on the warm-up lap for the second race, forcing me back to the pits."

But the team have done some work. "Hopefully it will pay off. We will be testing shortly before going down to PE. I am confident and I'm going to put my head down without getting involved in any sort of trouble," he said.

Team-mate Waberski was expecting a hard time at Zwartkops, as it was not one of his favourite circuits, and the results proved it.

"I made two errors in qualifying, which put me on the back of the starting grid, and the rest of the day remained a challenge. But things should be better at PE - we had a fantastic result there last time, which gives us a slight advantage as we know where to kick off the weekend as far as setup is concerned.

"We also made slight suspension changes in order to improve performance," he said.

Castrol MINI Motorsport Manager Danie Human said they have created a strong package.

"The Castrol MINIs are as strong as they have always been. All the guys need to do is to take their cars to the finish line ahead of the opposition," he said.

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