Squadra Corse was back in Cape Town over the March 2021 long weekend for the Extreme Festival at Killarney International Raceway.
The VW Squadra Corse team set their sights on moving up the field from their first campaign in a lockdown-interrupted 2020 season. “There was a big change for us this year as we joined technical forces with VW Motorsport to aid with our vision for improved development and further business and skills transfer. The cars are being run in-house under the Graham Nathan Motorsport banner,” says Elijah Gumbi, owner and manager of the Squadra Corse team.
Gumbi says that Squadra Corse was part of the Polo Cup contingent, in the season’s opening round of 7. “The two cars were piloted by Reaobaka (Baksi) Komane in car 16 and Nathi Msimanga in car 28, maintaining the pairing from our graduation into main circuit from 2019. The boys have also been joined by another South African champion to boost the training and advisory channel – Bradley Liebenberg. Bradley will oversee Reaobaka and Keagan Masters will oversee Nathi.”
Gumbi says that unfortunately the qualifying run was not up to team expectations, but nevertheless the team did manage to produce a decent pace in the practices. “In particular, Nathi Msimanga performed admirably with a start in 11th place start in the second heat. Baksi was still on a different programme and finding his feet in qualifying but showed us that he is capable of climbing the rankings with his performance in the race heats.”
Gumbi explains that Baksi managed a very satisfactory 16th position overall in the two race heats. “However, in what can only be described as ‘unlucky weekend’ for Nathi, he found himself pushed out as he spun to the back of the field in both heats, ending the event with a 17th overall place. We are confident that both drivers have learned a lot from this experience and will be gunning for a higher placing in their next race.”