Whatever the result, the MotorMart Racing Team always brings a fair share of surprises and determination to the circuit. Saturday, September 15 saw this status quo remain at the Phakisa Freeway for Round 6 of the 2018 MotorMart VW Challenge with team owner and Class B driver Mohamed Dangor again adding points to his debut season tally.
Determined Dangor working hard for his points
Dangor looked competitive throughout Friday’s practice sessions and was eager to get into Saturday’s business end of the weekend. A defective fuel relay however limited his track time in the session to one flying lap only. This saw him qualify in eighth position on the Class B grid, but with a significant amount of experience around the Phakisa Freeway he was looking forward to getting into race mode.
During the morning’s first race he quickly made his way into sixth position, but two mistakes cost him track position and saw him finish in eighth place. Unlike most of his rivals, Dangor managed to look after his tyres very well which came in handy during the second race when he was hampered by power steering issues. He drove well to finish the race in fifth position.
“I had a good day indeed and despite not taking home a podium, I’ll still call it a good day as the racing was very entertaining. We had a few good battles on this very challenging circuit. I think we’ve again showed why the MotorMart VW Challenge is such a great series to compete in if you want to experience evenly-matched, competitive racing.”
Non-start for Needham despite hard work throughout Friday
It can’t get any worse than the run of form that Class A competitor Quinton Needham is experiencing at present. On Friday afternoon he had to replace a gearbox on his Volkswagen Polo prior to the second practice session. If this did not hamper his track time enough already, the final session saw him struggling with throttle problems. A late night followed, but Needham was eager to start Saturday morning’s quest for points.
His qualifying session was cut short due to a fuel delivery problem, yet he still managed to set the eighth fastest time. With this repaired, an oil pressure problem prior to the start of the first race forced him out of the grid formation and a subsequent withdrawal from Race 2 followed.
“Quite frankly this was a poor weekend for me and one that I want to forget as soon as possible. Given the amount of work that went into this weekend, I’m quite understandably unhappy with the way it turned out.”
Da Silva back in Class B
Originally the team communicated only a two-driver line-up for Round 6 of the championship and the inclusion of Robbie da Silva came as a big surprise to many. On Thursday morning he purchased a Class B Volkswagen Polo which rather hastily had to be brought to Klerksdorp and wrapped in an appropriate livery. Given that the car already came with a white body, this allowed Creative INK Media to swiftly apply a rather fresh-looking set of decals to have the car ready for Friday morning.
Da Sllva showed good pace during the practice sessions; his first time behind the wheel of the car. He qualified in thirteenth position for Race 1 where he gained one position while showing improvements in pace throughout the eight-lap distance. Power related issues forced him to retire early in the second race.
“It’s good to be back in Class B. We obviously have a lot of work still to do on the car, not to mention further testing as well. I’d like to thank the entire team for all your efforts to make this possible as well as former owner Adrian Wood for your assistance during the weekend.”
The MotorMart Racing team would like to thank their sponsors Speedy Den 4×4 World, Creative INK Media and PTE Security 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.
Round 7 of the 2018 MotorMart VW Challenge will see the MotorMart Racing Team making their second visit of the season to Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, October 20.
Story by Reynard Gelderblom – MotorMart Klerksdorp