The Polo Cup National Extreme Festival held at Zwartkops on the weekend of 23 October produced a mixed bag of results from Squadra Corse contender Nathi Msimanga.
Squadra Corse’s Polo Cup team coach/mentor Keagan Masters says that Friday’s practice sessions were tough for Msimanga. “However, the tide turned for Nathi when he got into the top 6 super pole during the qualifiers in the evening. This is his second super pole in just a couple of months, which is something to be really proud of.”
Msimanga ended the super pole in 5th place which gave him a fifth-place start for race 1 on Saturday. “In addition, the super pole meant he had the opportunity to go into the draw for his position in race 2. Nathi started in 3rd place for race 2, which gave him a really good fighting opportunity,” says Masters.
Msimanga had a good start in race 1, but unfortunately experienced a couple of tactical errors which, together with some aggressive driving from other competitors, cost him a few places and ruined his momentum. This resulted in him ending the race in 12th place.
“Despite his 3rd place start in race 2, Nathi, unfortunately, fell back to 5th place and was then overtaken in the last couple of laps and finished in 7th place for race 2. He finished in 9th overall for the day. This is all part of his learning curve and we will work closely with him on some of his weaker areas so he can perform at capacity at Kyalami. Motorsport isn’t easy and it’s hard to always be on you’re a-game. This is why race routines are so important for athletes to maintain consistent results. Nathi needs to keep his head up and focus on his next race,” says Masters.