Hard work paid off for Monroe Racing’s Lyle Ramsay when he took his first Class A and Overall win during Round 4 of the 2018 MotorMart VW Challenge at Midvaal Raceway.
Following an extended winter break in the championship, he is eagerly anticipating a repeat performance at Round 5 which will be hosted at Dezzi Raceway in Port Shepstone on Saturday, August 11. As the only driver in his class with prior experience at the circuit, he is set to be one of the firm favourites.
Keen followers of the championship will be aware of the fact that the category already had their coastal race for the 2018 season at the Killarney International Raceway. Due to a special ruling; the 2018 season will in fact host a second coastal event at Dezzi Raceway. This resulted from a corporate decision which saw the venue originally listed to host this round not being eligible anymore. Although this will also be the MotorMart VW Challenge’s first visit to the venue, Ramsay will be returning to familiar territory.
During his 2015 Engen Volkswagen Cup campaign Ramsay competed at the tight 2.5km circuit. With Dezzi Raceway being a completely different circuit to any other circuit in the championship, his experience may be vital to an early, confident start on the practice day: “I don’t have my doubts that the rest of the class will soon come to grips with the track, but with archived data which is already being implemented into our race weekend setup we will find ourselves in a good position. We are aiming to maintain this advantage throughout the weekend; especially to set the pace during qualifying as the circuit does not allow for a lot of overtaking. It is one of my favourite circuit and I’m glad to see it on the calendar.”
Ramsay’s efforts have seen him accumulating 40 championship points thus far. This sees him trailing the championship leaders by 18 points to rank in fourth and fifth place in the respective Class A and Overall championship battles. A double-victory during Round 5 will be an ideal start to the second half of the season and will potentially bring him in close contention to the leaders as the season winds down.
The team does not base their confidence ahead of the round on their prior experience alone as Ramsay continues: “The rather lengthy break was used productively. Not only did we have time to fine tune key elements of our Volkswagen Polo’s suspension, but we also worked in a fair amount of testing which saw us improving our personal-best times. We are mentally, physically and mechanically ready for the challenge that awaits us at Dezzi Raceway.”
Ramsay would like to invite all Kwazulu-Natal motorsport fans to attend the day’s action at Dezzi Raceway with the MotorMart VW Challenge forming part of an action-packed Historic Tour race day. Fans are also welcome to meet the team in the pit area. He would also like to thank his sponsors for making his 2018 season possible: Monroe South Africa, Fuchs Lubricants South Africa, RICH Racing, Mike Ramsay Motorsport, Van Staden Customs, Banff Lodge Hotel and BetterDrive
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, BPM Engineering and Pozidrive.
Published by: Reynard Gelderblom
Picture Caption: Lyle Ramsay aims to keep his Monroe Racing Volkswagen Polo at the front of the MotorMart VW Challenge field.
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