The Phakisa Freeway in Welkom could well be the circuit where we’ll see the strongest performance from the MotorMart Racing Team thus far in the 2018 MotorMart VW Challenge. Round 6 of the championship will see the team fielding two cars on Saturday, September 15 with both drivers ready for a good result at the fast freeway in the Free State.
Following his maiden podium finish, Team Owner and Class B competitor Mohamed Dangor would love to maintain his solid run of form. Dangor is at present occupying fifth position on the Class B points table along with a joint-eleventh position on the overall championship table. A respective top-five and top-ten finish in the championship will be a perfect result for a driver competing in his debut season.
Dangor comes into the event with quite a bit of experience around the Phakisa Freeway: “We have completed a significant amount of testing there. Although not quite a home circuit for us, this will be one where we will be coming with quite a bit of knowledge. Be sure that we will make the most of it. Tyre wear is of course a major concern for everyone as the circuit is underutilised; a bit sad considering that it really is an awesome circuit. Of course we’ll take this into account ahead of the weekend and we’ll be fighting hard for another podium finish. Besides there’s only one place up from second place and my helmet doesn’t say ‘Still I rise’ for nothing.”
Despite a strong start to his season Class A competitor Quinton Needham has been having a host of bad luck. He has been hampered by everything from reliability to incidents, but his pace cannot be questioned. “It is certainly difficult to keep myself motivated through all of it. I mean as race drivers we want to go fast and get good results. Fortunately for this coming round we’ll be heading to the Phakisa Freeway. This is a circuit which I love and where I’ve always done well. I’m looking forward a good day. As far as preparation goes we certainly didn’t leave anything to chance. If there was a component on my Volkswagen Polo that we could strip and rebuild, we did just that. My championship position is not looking too good, so I’ll be going out there to give it my all and come home with as good a result as I can get.”
Story by Reynard Gelderblom – MotorMart Klerksdorp