The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit saw another good performance by Quinton Needham in his Megatron Volkswagen Polo on Saturday, November 4. With the remainder of the 2017 VW Challenge season being used to develop their Class A car, Needham again showed that he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in 2018. With the team having more than a fair share of hard luck during the season, Needham overcame yet another challenge at South Africa’s most iconic circuit: Himself.
The weekend didn’t get off to a good start for Needham at all. Early on during the Friday morning’s first free practice session he was involved in an incident which abruptly ended his first look at the circuit. The repairs to the car also only saw them taking to the second session at the halfway point, but as fate would have it, the timing transponder did not register making it difficult for the team to confirm their pace compared to that of their rivals. Fortunately this was resolved prior to the afternoon’s qualifying session where Needham secured the seventh gird slot.
But a battered bumper and not posting times during practice proved to be insignificant compared to the bigger problem. Needham experienced difficulties with a severe sinus infection which only worsened during the night: “I was feeling rather bad on Friday and the heat didn’t help me much either. Despite a very early night and a good couple of hours of sleep, I woke up feeling a lot worse. I’m however not one to throw in the towel; not when waking up to a race day at my favourite circuit.”
Needham’s motivation saw him in good form throughout the morning’s first race. With a fierce battle at the front of Class A ahead of him, he held of a host of early attacks to secure a splendid fifth position in the first race. The afternoon’s second race saw the VW Challenge taking to the circuit during the hottest part of the day. Again Needham impressed to secure sixth position.
Even with the racing done and dusted, the team’s day would still improve further. With another competitor being disqualified from both races, Needham was moved up for a fourth and fifth place.
A somewhat sick, but still happy Quinton Needham sums up his race weekend: “Of course this is not the way that we would like to achieve results, but that said; our original finishing positions today already marked an improvement for the team. Apart from the result, we’ve moved closer to the front runners in our class and we’d like to keep pushing at our next round at Zwartkops Raceway. Thank you Tron Lubricants, 24-7 Race Fuels, Alloy Wheel Repair and Project Signs for your support throughout the year. Also we’d like to give a very big thank you to Amada for your support of Kyalami round of the VW Challenge championship. We’re looking forward to continuing our upward curve at the end of the month.
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.
The next outing for the Megatron Auto Sport Team will be at Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, November 25 for the VW Challenge season finale.