Mohamed Dangor showed good pace during the opening round of the 2018 MotorMart VW Challenge while narrowly missing out on a third place trophy. The team owner and title sponsor of the series found himself in the middle of some good tussles on the Saturday, February 17 race day held at Midvaal Raceway.
Friday’s practice day saw Dangor posting a series of fast laps while fine-tuning his Volkswagen Polo’s setup during the three sessions. The lack of official timing available on the practice day made it difficult to calculate his pace in comparison to the rest of the field, but the time spent on the track saw him heading for the evening break happy with his progress heading into Saturday morning’s qualifying session.
Saturday saw Dangor arriving early to complete a trouble-free qualifying session to slot into fourth place on the Class B grid leaving him in a relaxed frame of mind prior to the opening race. During the start of the race Dangor suffered with excessive wheel spin which cost him two positions during the initial stages. He fought his way back to fifth position; starting to breathe down on fourth place John Johnstone. Despite his efforts, he could not get past the latter and finished the 10 lap race in fifth position.
The grid for the afternoon’s second race was compiled using the fastest lap chart from the first heat which saw Dangor again starting from fourth position following Wouter Roos’ withdrawal from the race. This time round he had no issues and retained his starting position. The battle with Johnstone continued during the second race which provided the sizeable Midvaal Raceway crowd with some very good entertainment. In the end Dangor again had to concede to Johnstone and finished the race in fourth position.
The overall results for the day are compiled by accumulating the times from both heats and although this does not bear any significance for championship points, is being used to conduct the organiser’s prize giving ceremony. Following two solid races Dangor was classified in fourth position for the day; missing out on third place by just 1.8 seconds.
Dangor made the trip home to Klerksdorp content with the day’s result: “We had two good races today and congratulations to John on his efforts. As title sponsor of the series this is exactly what we’d like to see; good competitive racing throughout the field and I thoroughly enjoyed being part of this great battle in Class B”
Dangor was one of three drivers competing in the MotorMart Racing Team colours on the day and elaborates on the performances of his team mates: “Firstly I’d like to congratulate Quinton Needham on his third place trophy in Class A. This was of course our first race as a team and ending the weekend with a trophy in the cabinet certainly calls for celebration. Robbie da Silva’s Volkswagen Polo was not yet ready for the opening weekend, but just for fun he competed in the Motul Modified Production Car category. Having a bit of fun thrown into things adds to building team spirit. We rushed around this morning to get Robbie’s Golf ready for the day and this showed how well we can function together. We also had friends and family assembled between the final two corners of the circuit. This was certainly a weekend we can fondly look back on. I’d also like to thank our sponsors Speedy Den 4×4 World and SignINK for their support.”
In addition Dangor 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 and BPM Engineering.
The second round of the 2018 MotorMart VW Challenge will see Dangor competing at Zwartkops Raceway in Centurion on Saturday, March 17.
Story by Reynard Gelderblom – MotorMart Racing Team