Daytona Group is having a road show of their Best of British brands in South Africa, and I was at the One & Only to drive the Aston Martin Virage and the McLaren MP4-12C. These are supercars that will make you stop and look whenever you see one, but getting to drive both of these beauties was a dream come true and I realise that these are truly brands of distinction.
2012 marks the fifth anniversary of an independently owned Aston Martin, one of the world's most acclaimed manufacturers of luxury sports cars. Fittingly, 2012 will also be the year that the new V12 Zagato makes its debut as a production car demonstrating that now, more than ever before, Aston Martin is at the forefront of bespoke manufacturing, the new dynamic in the luxury marketplace.
Team Ford Racing will once again contest the premier class of the Absa Off Road Championship with Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst doing duty in their SP Ford Ranger. Up-and-coming youngster Lance Woolrdige proved with his performance last season, that he is one to watch, and will again be partnered by Ward Huxtable.
The RFS Magalies 400 gets underway on Friday 08 March in the Tarlton area, it will be the first of eight nation-wide events.
“We are eager to start the season on a strong note,” said Visser.
Team Ford Racing had a great start to their 2012 Bridgestone Production Car campaign taking a race win and three podiums at Zwartkops Raceway (Pretoria West) on Saturday 3 March 2012.
The team got off to a relatively calm start, using Friday’s practice sessions to fine tune the handling set-up on their Ford Focus STs. Their strategy paid off with Gary Formato qualifying second and Shaun Duminy fourth for the first race.
By the end of the eight lap sprint, Formato was third and Duminy fourth. Positions that served them well as the top six finishers were inverted for the second race grid. This placed Duminy third and Formato fourth.
Hot news for Eastern Cape motorsport fans is that the first national championship motorsport event of the season is scheduled for the East London Grand Prix Circuit in the middle of March.
The recent untimely accidental death of local car racing hero Curt Alchin shadows the second round of the Pro Tour Motor Racing Road Show, South Africa’s largest and most exciting circuit racing event.
The event will be staged on Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th of March,
Castrol Toyota rally driver Leeroy Poulter, who burst into the top echelon of national championship rallying last year and ended the season as the top-seeded driver, received the Bridgestone/Guild of Motoring Journalists Motor Sportsman of the Year award for 2011 at a function in Johannesburg last night.
The 30-year-old, driving a factory Castrol Toyota Auris, won two rounds of last year’s championship in his first season in the premier Super 2000 rally class and established himself as the consistently fastest special stage driver according to the driver seedings scoring system.
A truly remarkable day of racing at the opening round of the FIM Superbike World Championship season saw two former World Champions win races, four manufacturers propel their machines onto the podium and the 4.445km Australian circuit provide some classic moments for the 64,500 strong weekend crowd as the championship begins its 25th Anniversary celebrations in earnest.
2010 champion Max Biaggi Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) and 2011 title winner Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) were the two dominant figures in each 22-lap race, but each had dramatic moments in the other races, one more costly than the other.
Biaggi leaves as the points leader after fighting back from last in race two to second place, finding himself five points shy of perfection on the opening weekend.
2011 Champions, Team Ford Racing, are feeling confident ahead of the start of the 2012 Bridgestone Production Car season. The first race will take place to the team’s advantage at their home track, Zwartkops Raceway (Pretoria West).
Complimentary driver training from the only internationally accredited driving instructors in South Africa
Mastering the art of driving a 4x4 SUV can be challenging if you haven’t received the correct training.
- GND Ellen Mahlangu
- GND Celeste Stanley
- Girl-Next-Door Calendar Search
- GND Bianca Griebenow
- Vote for your favourite GND!
- Sexy Sasha – the world’s sexiest woman
- Cape Town is world’s top tourism destination
- So… who will be FHM’s Sexiest Woman in the World 2011
- Lenge Kotze
- What men want in women
- Showing Skin
- Quick meals quickly cheat you out of your health and energy
- Doutzen Kroes
- Why do men use silly pickup lines?
- Fast moving & fast growing - sandboarding takes off