Squadra Corse Helps To Make Motorsport More Accessible To More young drivers In South Africa.

Volkswagen Motorsport’s partnership with Squadra Corse helps to make motorsport more accessible to more young drivers in South Africa. This relationship is built on the firm foundations of a proud 40-year history that has seen the People’s Car investing in racing drivers such as Sarel van der Merwe, Tschops Siphuka, the late Gugu Zulu and recently the likes of Keagan Masters and Jonathan Mogotsi.

By pooling resources with Squadra Corse, VW has provided an opportunity to fast track young drivers from karting into circuit racing. Volkswagen Motorsport, through its Motorsport Academy, will nurture the young drivers to become competent and successful racing drivers. They will also receive coaching, not only on driving, but on media relations, nutrition as well as their fitness.

Squadra Corse leverages its years of experience in developing young drivers into high-achieving race winners, breaking down the boundaries to entry that previously existed. The objectives of the company are to produce a well-rounded team that provides world-class services in South African motor sports. This encompasses the race drivers, engineers/mechanics, workshop support and logistics management. 

The Squadra Corse Driver Development Programme provides opportunity and allows its customers and the public to become involved in the sport. 

“Volkswagen is passionate about unearthing talented drivers who would have otherwise not had an opportunity to compete in the sport. Our partnership with Squadra Corse is giving us a pipeline to unearth and nurture new racing talent,” says Mike Rowe, VWSA Motorsport Manager.

“This year Xolela ‘X’ Njumbuxa will join current CompCare Polo Cup driver, Nathi Msimanga, in representing Volkswagen Squadra Corse in the CompCare Polo Cup,” added Rowe.

Njumbuxa is a new face to motorsport and will join the Volkswagen Squadra Corse team for this year’s season. He is currently studying Motor Trade at EastCape Midlands College in Kariega where he has also gone through a motorsport development programme with Algoa Motorsport Club.

Msimanga and Njumbuxa participated in the first race of the 2022 season, at the Extreme Festival CompCare Polo Cup on 5 May at Killarney International Raceway in Cape Town. 

The day started off relatively well for both boys, with pre-race practice conditions considered fairly ideal. However, the rising temperatures in the three races pushed the drivers to their limits, in the highly competitive field of 15 drivers.

“I started well in race one but a compromised defence resulted in me dropping back to ninth place. The heat continued to tax me in races 2 and 3, but I managed to recover some of my previous momentum, resulting in respective positions of eighth and seventh and an overall seventh for the day,” says Msimanga. 

Njumbuxa, similarly, struggled with the heat and finished in thirteenth, fifteenth and thirteenth places respectively for the three races, and a thirteenth overall. 

“WOW! I was so excited to start in the Compcare Polo Cup Championship, but it was overwhelming at the same time. I had to cram in so much information and learn on the fly. But I am glad I have been able to get the first round under my belt, now I can take this experience away with me and learn how to drive this ‘animal’ – the Polo GTi,” says Njumbuxa. “Challenges will always exist, be it the weather or other extenuating circumstances, but we work constantly with the Volkswagen Squadra Corse to develop their tenacity, skill and endurance. This holistic investment in our drivers is what develops them into champion-spirited achievers,” says Mpho Eli Gumbi, owner and team principal of the Squadra Corse team.

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