A RIPPING START TO THE TRACK
WE ENTERED THIS YEARS REDBULL BOX CART AS THE RACE! TEAM.
THIS BEING THE FIRST TIME RACE! HAS TAKEN ON A CHALLENGE LIKE THIS, WE DID NOT KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT AS A TEAM.
Wow what a day! Jozi Spring weather played along and some 25 000 fans of all ages come out to enjoy the action. And ACTION there was aplenty. With 70 incredible teams all tearing down the 500m hill at Sandton Drive (one of the steepest tracks ever in the 128 editions of the race)
After eight weeks of prep, four major obstacles, 37-odd crashes, there were just three spots on the podium and, in the end, could only be one winner.
"It's really cool to be here today,"
said motorsport athlete Brian Capper
The sharp end of the field is important for sure, but the real joy of these events is very much in the creativity of the competitors, the super creative (and occasionally hilarious) vehicles and the epic carnival atmosphere.
"Kerim and I obviously don't have a problem with obstacles and speed. I must say I thought he might be a bit nervous, but he's pretty chilled. I mean, I thought he would've been a control freak... I would NEVER had let him drive."
Unfortunately the track got the better of the two and their vehicle on the day. All's fair in this game of amateur, gravity-powered racing, you see...
There were potholes, roadworks and eTolls, and, even a big, nasty dirt berm section (the signature touch of Dakar legend, Giniel De Villiers who designed the track).
The teams handled it with aplomb. Well, some with more finesses and speed than others. One such team, who managed to finish wheels up, having successfully negotiated all the obstacles and gotten down the hill in a fast time, was the South African Bobsled Team.
"We threw in a few surprises and I hope the teams enjoyed it," De Villiers commented, referring mainly to his dirt trap.
Mobil 1 Fastest Time: Alternate Arc (00:46)
Slowest Time: Ghusheshe (03:52)