Round 3 of the Rotax Gauteng Regional Kart Championship, at Zwartkops International Raceway on the weekend of 9 April, was characterised by variable, inclement weather conditions. The Squadra Corse Young Driver Programme drivers were forced to manage the shift between wet and dry conditions on race day, resulting in some challenging driving.
Squadra Corse Performanté driver, Sebastian Dias joined the Rotax Mini Max grid after his recent impressive outing in the Rok Championship. “He adapted his driving style to finish in P6 overall for the day. This is no mean feat and we look forward to more exciting racing from this youngster,” says Mpho Eli Gumbi, owner and team principal of the Squadra Corse team.
In the Bambino class, Bophelo Molatlhegi placed fourth in races 1 and 2 and 13th in race 3 with an overall P6 for the day. Teammate Jenson Dias had a great first race, with a P3 finish, followed by P8 in race 2 and P4 in race 3, meaning he narrowly missed podium for the day, with his overall fourth place.
The Junior Max team also fielded two drivers – Jayden Goosen and Mohammed Moerat. “We saw some great driving from Jayden, with a P4, P2, P3 respectively in the three races, resulting in an overall P3 podium finish for the day,” says Gumbi. Moerat held firm to P6 in the first two races and a P9 in race 3, giving him a P6 overall for the day.
“As part of their growth in racing, drivers need to be exposed to extremes in racing conditions, since the weather can change at the drop of the hat. Part of their training involves being able to think and react on the fly and to embrace the multitude of challenges that are thrown at them,” says Gumbi. A holistic approach to racing, which is underpinned by an unwavering team spirit, sets the young drivers up for a steady and dynamic progression to improved results and is complemented by the support Squadra Corse receives from its principal sponsor – Volkswagen South Africa – together with the backing of the team’s other sponsors, Würth, Ntiyiso Consulting, Ipuma Group, MMQSPACE and Rujugiro Investments.