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When Mpho Eli Gumbi launched Squadra Corse in early 2012, his stated vision was to create a racing team that would achieve success within motorsport by growing the sport to include historically disadvantaged communities. 

The Squadra Corse team is focused on achieving excellence for its drivers, technical staff and of course its partners, who are such an integral part of its growth, success and sustainability. Squadra Corse has focused predominantly on the South African kart racing category but has recently added main circuit racing to its services. 

“We are a proudly South African racing team that is purely focused on the drivers and the development of their motor racing career paths; we are not in the business of selling branded products and as such we rely on our generous and loyal sponsors for their support,” says Gumbi.

“We have created a uniquely South African model whereby we take the mechanic/technician, together with the driver, and develop them as a symbiotic team unit. This allows us to nurture previously disadvantaged individuals into not only world-class driver positions, but moreover into vital support positions as well. To date, we have trained 18 technical staff some of whom are working on a part-time and others on a full-time basis with Squadra Corse.Our ultimate aim is to see these teams developing from go-karting through to the Formula 4, 3 & 2 race categories and ultimately into Formula One,” adds Gumbi.

The youth that make the grade are awarded an apprenticeship in the Squadra Corse workshop where they gain real-world experience servicing our vehicles and customers. This valuable experience extends beyond the mechanics of go-kart racing and provides them with intimate access to highly successful South African business and public leaders, along with giving them the opportunity to travel both locally and internationally.

“The objective of our company is to produce a team that provides world-class services in South African motorsports, be it our race driver/engineer/mechanic training; workshop support; logistics management or through our experience in the local and international arena and the exposure that comes with it,” says Gumbi.

Extending its motorsport operations further, Squadra Corse has secured a relationship with the McLaren F1 team as well as Redbull Racing F1 where they supported Sisa Tandi Ngebulana in his British F1 programme (2015) and the British F3 programme. 

“We have maintained our relationship with both teams and still access their professional frameworks and programmes. These relationships provide the drivers with the unique support from a professional F1 racing team that know what it takes to be successful. This experience and training further refines the instincts and competitive skills needed to compete and succeed at such a high level,” says Gumbi.

Where possible, Squadra Corse acquires services from other youth-owned companies. These services include catering, photography, graphic, design, PR and media. Squadra Corse employs eight permanent staff members through its historically disadvantaged South Africans (HDSA) programme which aims to uplift the youth through its skills development programme. 

“Transparency, honesty and integrity are our core values and we are using motorsport to fulfil this development role and create the realignment and re-energising of local South African talent to create better communities. Sponsors such as VW South Africa play such an important role in this redevelopment and realignment by supporting Squadra Corse,” says Gumbi.

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