Another win for Squadra Corse

19 Oct, 2021

The Rotax Max National Championship and Rotax Max African Open, held at Zwartkops over the October long weekend, produced yet another win for Squadra Corse. This makes number three, together with wins from Keagan Masters in the MSA KZ2 Championship and Luviwe Sambudla in the Mini ROK category, at the recent ROK National Championship.

The Squadra Corse VW Young Driver programme fielded Karabo Malamela in the Junior Max category as well as Bophelo Molatlhegi and Omolemo Mfana in the Bambino class. Unfortunately, Malamela’s teammate, Ndzalo Khoza, had other pressing family commitments and was unable to participate. 

“Guest driver Jayden Goosen, who also provides valuable data input for the team, joined Karabo and won the day, despite not winning a race, while Karabo qualified in fifth for the weekend and managed an admirable fourth in heat one – his best placing to date. He walked away with a very pleasing sixth place in the national standings, showing great improvement. This clearly points to the fact that our strategic programme works and that, together with the incredible support we receive from our official sponsors, anything is possible,” says Mpho Eli Gumbi, owner and team principal of the Squadra Corse team.

“And let’s not forget our little Bambinos. As small and young as they are, they have a great fighting spirit and a willingness to learn. Each race they participate in adds to their experience and builds them into better drivers. Bophelo finished in the top 10 for the weekend and Omolemo came 15th. The changeable weather threw them a bit of a curveball but they didn’t give up. As with all our drivers, we will continue working with these boys and growing them into potential champions,” says Gumbi. 

On the Sunday, spectators were treated to the Rotax Max African Open, which saw guest drivers from Mozambique, Namibia and Angola competing against South Africa’s finest for a spot at the Rotax Max Grand Finals in Bahrain from 11 to 18 December 2021. The Squadra Corse team was joined by guest drivers Dhivyen Naidoo, Shrien Naidoo and Bradley Liebenberg. 

“Facing mixed weather conditions, the drivers needed to make constant adjustments throughout the day but Bradley, who is a former multiple DD2 champion, came out victorious and won a seat to compete in Bahrain. Bradley is one of the driver trainers for our main circuit team and has played a big role in Nathi Msimanga’s development as a Polo Cup driver. Shrien pushed hard and came second in the Senior Max final, which is something to be really proud of. Karabo scored an eighth place but unfortunately, Dhivyen did not finish,” says Gumbi. 

Gumbi says he’s extremely proud of the efforts put in by all the Squadra Corse drivers throughout the year and looks forward to an even more successful 2022 race season as the drivers continue to show their efforts and passion. 

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