Saturday 10 April 2021 saw Round 2 of the ROTAX Regional Club Championship taking place in Benoni, with four VW Squadra Corse Young Drivers participating.
“This programme lets us groom these kids as future new drivers under the Performantè Programme. We have two boys in the Bambino Class (5 to 8 years old) and two boys in the Junior Class (12 to 15 years old), all running ROTAK equipment,” says Elijah Gumbi, owner and manager of the Squadra Corse team.
The two Bambinos, Omolemo Mfana and Bophelo Molatlhegi showed that, despite their young age, they have already adopted a racing attitude. Celebrating his sixth birthday on race day, Molatlhegi finished in a noteworthy 10th place after three weeks and Mfana finished in 15th place, after rolling his kart.
The other team is looking to push Molatlhegi up the field and he smashed his best time at the track from 56.2 down to 55.6 seconds. These little gains are so very important as the kids strive to improve their performance. As a testament to the quality of his kart, Mfana walked away unharmed and was thankfully quickly back to his normal cheerful self.
Karabo Malamela and Ndzalo Khoza flew the VW Squadra Corse banner in the Junior Max category. “This was Ndzalo’s first race and he reveled in the abundance of new experiences that it brought for him. It was great to see his lap times improve as his confidence grew over the weekend. Karabo achieved a fantastic 4th place, with much faster lap times than his previous best. We are very proud of his performance and we look forward to pushing him into the top three,” says Gumbi.
“Congratulations are due to all four of these up and coming drivers. It’s important to acknowledge that racing is not all about pushing for wins, it’s also about having fun while the kids learn about teamwork and coping in the face of adversity and pressure. It’s also about teaching them what it means to be an individual in the team framework. All of the knowledge and skills we impart to the kids lets us equip them with the critical life skills they need to become respectable and responsible adults,” adds Gumbi.