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Step in “A” new direction for Megatron Auto Sport Team

It has been a turbulent 2017 VW Challenge season for the Megatron Auto Sport Team. Despite regularly showing good pace Quinton Needham spent the bulk of the season battling for minor points-paying positions in Class B. With three rounds to go in the championship Needham won’t line up on the Class B grid at Midvaal Raceway on Saturday, October 14. So where will he be.

In preparation for the 2018 campaign the team have recently acquired a Class A specification Volkswagen Polo with the final three rounds of the season being used for on-track preparation. With lots of work ahead the team is eagerly anticipating the challenge ahead.

Needham shares his excitement: “This is a completely new challenge for us. We’ve all seen some very good racing in the Class A field throughout the season and we’re looking forward to joining it. Of course we’re realistic and wer’re entering the race weekend with no idea of where we’ll end up in the pecking order. We’re however excited about this brand new road we’re taking.”

Apart from new competitors, the team will also be facing a host of new class rules and specifications as Needham explains: “it’s a whole new playing field for us, which is exactly why we want to utilise the remainder of our current season to prepare for our 2018 campaign. We’re making no secret about our intentions to start the new season as strong contenders. There’s a lot of hard work ahead, but we’re ready for it.”

The one familiar aspect ahead for the team is the circuit. Needham’s experience around Midvaal Raceway is a huge benefit ahead of the weekend: “Midvaal Raceway is our home circuit and we’ve completed a fair amount of testing at the circuit. This will count for something while we’re setting the car up according to my driving style and I’m positive that we’ll be taking forward a lot of valuable data after the weekend.”

With the team changing from a Class B to Class A entry, their current championship position won’t be of any major significance for the rest of the season; the goal for the remaining three rounds of the season will purely be car development.

The Megatron Auto Sport Team would like to invite their supporters and sponsors to attend the day’s racing and introduction of their new car.

The Megatron Auto Sport Team would like to thank Tron Lubricants for their sponsorship under the Megatron umbrella as well as 24-7 Race Fuels, Alloy Wheel Repair and Project Signs.

In addition the team would also like to acknowledge and thank the sponsors of the VW Challenge championship for making this exciting category possible: ATE Brakes, Dicktator Engine Management Systems, Glasfix Windscreen Repairs, Norbrake Distribution and Roofsure.

Story by Reynard Gelderblom – Megatron Auto Sport Team

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Red Star Raceway marked Needham’s last Class B entry with the Megatron Auto Sport team entering the Class A battle for the remainder of the season - Picture by Reynard Gelderblom
Red Star Raceway marked Needham’s last Class B entry with the Megatron Auto Sport team entering the Class A battle for the remainder of the season – Picture by Reynard Gelderblom

 
Big changes ahead. Quinton Needham is ready for his Class A debut at Midvaal Raceway - Picture by Reynard Gelderblom
Big changes ahead. Quinton Needham is ready for his Class A debut at Midvaal Raceway – Picture by Reynard Gelderblom

 

Blitzkrieg ahead for confident Ramsay as season draws to a close

The 2017 VW Challenge Championship is heading towards and exciting season finale fast with the final three rounds taking place over a six week period. Monroe Racing South Africa’s Lyle Ramsay is confidently heading into the seventh round at Midvaal Raceway motivated to continue his impressive run of form on Saturday, October 14.

A host of podium finishes is seeing him occupying second place in the Class B standings with 84 points behind his name and in fifth place on the overall rankings. He’s primary objective will be to hall in overall and class leader Adrian Wood who’s consistent run at the front of the class has seen him accumulate 117 points from the first six rounds.

Although Ramsay still has a mathematical chance of beating Wood, he is the first to acknowledge that he’s hopes of winning the title would require a near-impossible amount of good fortune: “What do I need to win the Class B championship? Simply put Adrian should score as little points as possible in the remaining races. I somehow don’t see this happening, but I’m looking forward to some close contests at the front of the class. We’ve started the season with a victory and we’d like to end the season with that mental edge as well. Each race will be an objective on its own.”

On the technical front Mike Ramsay Motorsport have made improvements in terms on power of the Volkswagen Polo which will be advantageous on the two straights at Midvaal Raceway. Tyre wear is always a factor at the bumpy circuit, but the team have worked this into their strategy for the race weekend.

Midvaal Raceway is also one of the circuits on which Ramsay conducted testing throughout the season, although this will be his first competitive outing on the current anti-clockwise layout:  “I enjoy the circuit. It’s one of those deceiving ones that looks relatively easy from the air, but it will provide quite a good challenge for both the driver and the car. We’re looking forward to this one.”

Lyle Ramsay and the Monroe Racing South Africa team would like to invite their sponsors and supporters to attend the day’s racing which will see a host of club and regional classes on the Extreme Festival roster in action.

The Monroe Racing South Africa team would like to thank their sponsors Monroe South Africa and Fuchs Lubricants South Africa for their continued support.

In addition the team would also like to acknowledge and thank the sponsors of the VW Challenge championship for making this exciting category possible: ATE Brakes, Dicktator Engine Management Systems, Glasfix Windscreen Repairs, Norbrake Distribution and Roofsure.

Story by Reynard Gelderblom – Monroe Racing South Africa

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A host of recent podiums sees Lyle Ramsay confident behind the wheels of his Monroe Racing Volkswagen Polo - Picture by Reynard Gelderblom
A host of recent podiums sees Lyle Ramsay confident behind the wheels of his Monroe Racing Volkswagen Polo – Picture by Reynard Gelderblom

 
Lyle Ramsay is looking forward to putting his racing suit on ahead of a challenging outing at Midvaal Raceway - Picture by Reynard Gelderblom
Lyle Ramsay is looking forward to putting his racing suit on ahead of a challenging outing at Midvaal Raceway – Picture by Reynard Gelderblom