The MotorMart Racing Team can look back on a successful weekend at Zwartkops Raceway with all three drivers taking home good results while each had their own share of difficult situations to deal with.
The June 28-29 weekend saw the team competing in Round 4 of the 2019 MotorMart VW Challenge while two of their drivers entered but withdrew from the Car Care Clinic 111 Sports & Saloons races to focus on their primary campaign.
Dangor brings the fight to Class A.
Mohamed Dangor is steadily becoming a fierce force at the front of the Class A field in the MotorMart VW Challenge. The MotorMart Klerksdorp dealership owner showed steady pace throughout Friday’s practice sessions and secured fourth place for the Race 1 grid in the afternoon’s Qualifying session. This saw him only 0.584 off the time set by pole-sitter Lyle Ramsay and only 0.001 adrift from Waldie Meintjies in third place.
Despite losing a position to Bevin Williams in Race 1, Dangor kept himself in contention for third place throughout the 10-lap encounter. He finished in fifth place while crossing the line 4.335 seconds behind race winner Ramsay. Race 2 did not see a good start from Dangor and another incident on the opening lap saw him dropping to the back of the Class A field. This sparked a performance in which he steadily crafted his way through the midfield to finish in seventh place. The day’s overall results being used by the event promoter for prize giving purposes and based on accumulated Race times from both completed races saw him classified in sixth place.
Dangor entered but opted out of the Car Care Clinic 111 Sports & Saloons races on the weekend. Although this would have seen him in action in a different car, he decided to focus on the MotorMart VW Challenge.
“Today was another outing that we can be satisfied with” said Dangor. “Considering that we only moved into Class A at the start of the season, today’s results displayed the progress that we’ve made. We Keep edging closer to the front of the field and based on current form, that first podium finish is not too far away. There are of course aspects which we want to improve on; notably our starts. Today definitely inspired us to dig even deeper as we know we have the pace to become regulars at the front of the field.”
Kriel down, out, back and on top in Class B.
Stiaan Kriel not only kept his 2019 100% win vs. finish record intact, but also showed his skill in rapidly making his way through the MotorMart VW Challenge Class B field.
After setting the pace in Friday’s practice sessions, he secured pole position for Race 1. The Qualifying session did however bring about drama for the team with a suspected fuel pump failure. Without certainty and to eliminate any other causes of the problem, a host of components on his Volkswagen Polo’s fuel system was replaced on Saturday morning.
This saw Kriel not making the Race 1 grid formation in time and having to work his way through the field, but after four laps he retired with a broken fuel rail and further damage to the oil cooler. A compressed schedule for the day left the team with very little time to conduct repairs, but this was completed in time to allow him to line-up in fifth place for Race 2. Within the first half of the opening lap he made his way to the front of the class to take the win by 8.697 seconds.
“It was a frantic day for us, but we bounced back to end the day on a high” said Kriel. “As we don’t have any in-car equipment to determine the exact failure and without a lot of time available, we opted for the cautious approach and rather swopped all components which could’ve caused the problem. Unfortunately, we retired in the first race, but without any severe damage. We really worked hard to get the car ready for Race 2. I have to thank my team for all the hard work they did between races to bring about the win.”
Da Silva’s best outing in Class B.
Robbie da Silva took a sturdy step forward in his goal to become a competitive MotorMart VW Challenge Class B driver with a level-headed and focussed display throughout the weekend.
On Friday, Da Silva constantly showed improvement in the practice sessions. Although not emulating his pace during the Qualifying session, he lined up in ninth place on the Race 1 grid.
Despite a lot of carnage around him in Race 1, Da Silva looked more confident than before while finishing in eighth place. He also recorded his best lap to date around Zwartkops Raceway; 1:18.066. He followed this up with an equally impressive second race where he finished in ninth place. The day’s overall results being used by the event promoter for prize giving purposes and based on accumulated Race times from both completed races saw him classified in eighth place.
Da Silva entered but opted out of the Car Care Clinic 111 Sports & Saloons races on the weekend. Although the additional practice and qualifying sessions aided him with more track time in his Volkswagen Polo, the fact that only one race separated the two categories on the day would have made it near-impossible for the team to have the car ready for his primary campaign in the MotorMart VW Challenge.
“Although I was disappointed after Qualifying, we came back strong on Saturday with two good finishes” said Da Silva. “Given our pace throughout Friday’s practice sessions I expected to be more competitive in Qualifying. After a good night’s rest, I was ready for the day ahead and with our decision to only focus on our primary campaign I was focussed to do well. Race 1 was a somewhat crazy one with cars off track and flying into barriers around me. I kept my focus throughout to bring the car home in a good position. I really wanted to repeat this performance in Race 2 and again kept calm while focussing on doing the basics right. At the end of the day we really delivered a performance to be proud of which can only improve our confidence heading into the rest of the season. Looking back at Friday, I know my disappointment in Qualifying was due to me knowing that we are getting closer to the lead group in Class B with every lap spent behind the wheel. And we will continue this pursuit.”
Round 5 of the 2019 MotorMart VW Challenge will see the trio in action at Red Star Raceway on July 19-20.
The MotorMart Racing team would like to thank their sponsors Speedy Den 4×4 World and Creative Ink Media for the continued support. In addition, the team would also like to acknowledge and thank the associate sponsors of the MotorMart VW Challenge for making this exciting category possible: Norbrake Distribution, ATE Brakes, Dicktator Engine Management Systems, Yaskawa, Pozidrive and BPM Engineering.
Story by Reynard Gelderblom on behalf of MotorMart Klerksdorp