Although Monroe Racing’s Lyle Ramsay went home empty-handed from the opening round of the 2018 MotorMart VW Challenge, he showcased the fighting spirit that gained him the reputation for being one of the most respected drivers in the category.
On Saturday, March 17 he’ll take to the Zwartkops Raceway with the goal of getting himself onto the sharp end of the points table with a pair of strong results.
The 2.5 km clockwise circuit situated in Centurion can effectively be called Ramsay's home circuit. On previous locations he has done extremely well at the track where he also conducts the bulk of his testing. With all the mechanical problems from the opening round resolved he’ll be starting the weekend as one of the firm favourites in Class A.
Not scoring any points in the opening round will however see him going into the race with his back against the wall in the very competitive class; a challenge that he’s looking forward to: “When we won our 2017 race at Zwartkops, it came after a practice day filled with struggles of sorts. In fact if I look back over the last year, my best race days came from my worst starts to a weekend. Our goal remains the title and with nearly a full year since we last took to the top step of the podium, I’m certainly hungry for victory as well.”
Ramsay’s preparation ahead of the race weekend also included a positive practice session at circuit which will see the team starting the weekend in a confident frame of mind: “It’s always difficult to make predictions based on practice pace. What I can confirm is that we know that we’ll be arriving with a strong setup on our Volkswagen Polo; a crucial requirement to succeeding at Zwartkops in such a closely-contested class.”
Team Manager Vic Rich share’s Ramsay’s confidence: “Although the season didn’t see Lyle getting off to the best of starts, we are confident that he will be a strong contender this upcoming weekend. He thrives on delivering when the odds are stacked against him. I believe that after the end of the Zwartkops weekend we would again celebrating his demonstration of this.”
The Monroe Racing team would like invite their sponsors Monroe South Africa and Fuchs Lubricants South Africa as supporters to attend the day's racing which will see a host of Gauteng's top four-wheel categories competing.
Lyle Ramsay and the Monroe Racing team would like to acknowledge and thank the associate sponsors of the MotorMart VW Challenge for making this exciting category possible: Norbrake Distribution, ATE brakes, Dicktator Engine Management Systems, Yaskawa and BPM Engineering.
Published by: Reynard Gelderblom
Picture Caption: Lyle Ramsay is looking forward to returning to his home circuit Zwartkops Raceway
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