The Squadra Corse VW Polo Cup team had mixed success at the BMSC Extreme Festival held at the East London Grand Prix Circuit on the weekend of 27 August 2021.
“The East London track is notoriously fast so the boys had to be on their A-game as it takes a lot of courage to be fast there. We are proud of their efforts and consider this a valuable lesson in endurance and strategising for them,” says Mpho Eli Gumbi, owner and team principal of the Squadra Corse team.
Not only is the East London Grand Prix Circuit the fastest track in South Africa, it also has the quickest corner of its type in the country – Potters Pass Curve.
“During the second-last session on the 27th Baksi Komane went through Potters Pass Curve at top speed and lost control. He, unfortunately, hit the embankment and rolled the car, writing it off in the process. Potters is a fearsome 220km/h right-hander, without cambers or banks to help a car turn in. Fortunately, Baksi is doing well and will return to racing shortly,” says Gumbi.
On the 28th, teammate Nathi Msimanga qualified eighth. According to coach, Keagan Masters, in race 1 Nathi had an amazing start and was battling amongst the top 5. “There were constant overtakes on each of the laps. He managed to gain two places and brought the car home in a solid sixth place. In race 2, Nathi again started in eighth and had another great start, fighting his way up to fifth place. He fought hard to keep his position but in the end finished in eighth place. He started race 3 in seventh position. He had a more difficult race as everyone goes all out in the final race. He managed to hold his position and finished in his starting position. He achieved an admirable seventh place for the day.”
“We would like to give a shout out to our generous sponsors – VW Motorsport South Africa, Ferodo, Würth South Africa and Dunlop Tyres. Their contributions make a great difference in our racing aspirations,” says Gumbi.