The 2017 VW Challenge Championship is heading towards and exciting season finale fast with the final three rounds taking place over a six week period. Monroe Racing South Africa’s Lyle Ramsay is confidently heading into the seventh round at Midvaal Raceway motivated to continue his impressive run of form on Saturday, October 14.
A host of podium finishes is seeing him occupying second place in the Class B standings with 84 points behind his name and in fifth place on the overall rankings. He’s primary objective will be to hall in overall and class leader Adrian Wood who’s consistent run at the front of the class has seen him accumulate 117 points from the first six rounds.
Although Ramsay still has a mathematical chance of beating Wood, he is the first to acknowledge that he’s hopes of winning the title would require a near-impossible amount of good fortune: “What do I need to win the Class B championship? Simply put Adrian should score as little points as possible in the remaining races. I somehow don’t see this happening, but I’m looking forward to some close contests at the front of the class. We’ve started the season with a victory and we’d like to end the season with that mental edge as well. Each race will be an objective on its own.”
On the technical front Mike Ramsay Motorsport have made improvements in terms on power of the Volkswagen Polo which will be advantageous on the two straights at Midvaal Raceway. Tyre wear is always a factor at the bumpy circuit, but the team have worked this into their strategy for the race weekend.
Midvaal Raceway is also one of the circuits on which Ramsay conducted testing throughout the season, although this will be his first competitive outing on the current anti-clockwise layout: “I enjoy the circuit. It’s one of those deceiving ones that looks relatively easy from the air, but it will provide quite a good challenge for both the driver and the car. We’re looking forward to this one.”
Lyle Ramsay and the Monroe Racing South Africa team would like to invite their sponsors and supporters to attend the day’s racing which will see a host of club and regional classes on the Extreme Festival roster in action.
In addition the team would also like to acknowledge and thank the sponsors of the VW Challenge championship for making this exciting category possible: ATE Brakes, Dicktator Engine Management Systems, Glasfix Windscreen Repairs, Norbrake Distribution and Roofsure.
Story by Reynard Gelderblom – Monroe Racing South Africa