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Monday, 05 April 2010 19:46

World Superbikes back at Kyalami in May

Written by Paul Bedford

World Superbikes return to Kyalami north of Johannesburg from 14-16 May 2010. The event, the sixth round of the 2010 championship, will also feature the World Supersport bikes as well as support races featuring local Superbike riders.

Tickets for the event are available from Computicket outlets countrywide with three-day tickets ranging in price between R250.00 (General Access) and R650.00 (Grandstand). Tickets for the individaual days are also available.

Thursday, 14 May 2009 12:04

Kyalami gears up for world superbikes

Written by Paul Bedford

Local superbikes in action at Kyalami
The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand will be a hive of activity this weekend when the sixth round of the 2009 World Superbike Championship takes place. Members of the public will be able to get a free preview of the machines that will be out on the circuit over the weekend during this afternoon's Free Open Paddock. The circuit gates will be open from 13h30 to 18h00 and spectators will be given access to the pitlane and some of the riders will be in attendance to sign autographs.

A limited number of free tickets to Friday's practice session will also be given away this afternoon.

Sunday, 03 May 2009 20:37

Ireland take A1GP title

Written by Paul Bedford

A1 Team Ireland
Adam Carroll on his way to victory - Photo
A1 Team Ireland became the first team to win both races at one event this season when Adam Carroll took a lights to flag victory in the feature race at Brands Hatch this afternoon. The Irish driver took the lead into Paddock Hill bend from the second start, after the first start was aborted when South Africa's Alan van der Merwe stalled on the grid, and was never headed on his way to a comfotable win. Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) and Neel Jani (Switzerland) were second and third respectively.

After starting at the back of the grid, Alan van der Merwe worked his way up to 11th at the flag, still not enough to add to South Afica's championship points haul.

Ireland's double win secured them the championship for season four ahead fo Switzerland with Portugal in third. South Africa, who did not score any points in the season's final event, dropped down the field and ended the season in 14th place,tied on points with Mexico.

Although they moved up from 19th on the grid, 15th place wasn't good enough for A1 Team South Africa to score any points in this afternoon's sprint race at Brands Hatch. The race was won by Team Ireland with Adam Carroll at the wheel. He finished ahead of Narain Karthikeyan (India) and Salvador Duran (Mexico).

Duran took the lead in the Mexican car at the start ahead of Ireland but was overtaken by both Ireland and India during the mandatory pit stop.

Switzerland, who ended the race in eighth place, now trail Ireland by eight points on the championship log.

Saturday, 02 May 2009 18:49

Ireland on top at Brands Hatch

Written by Paul Bedford

Alan van der Merwe
Alan van der Merwe - courtesy
Ireland's Adam Carroll dominated qualifying for tomorrow's final race of the 2008/9 A1GP season, putting his car on pole position for both the sprint and feature races. He will line up on the Brands Hatch circuit alongisde Mexico (Salvador Duran) with Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) and John R Hildebrand Jnr (USA) on the second row of the grid for the sprint race. Alan van der Merwe in the South African car will start the shorter race on the final row of the grid in 19th position, just ahead of China's Congfu Cheng.

Van der Merwe had a better result in the qualifying sessions for the longer feature race, moving up to twelfth on the grid. Carroll will start the feature race alongside Clivio Piccione (Monaco) with Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) and championship leader Switzerland (Neel Jani) on the second row.

Tomorrow's races will be broadcast on SABC3 fro 15h00 to 17h30. A recording of the sprint race will be broadcast at 15h00 and the feature race will be live from 16h00.

A1GP Team South Africa had a disappointing final practice session at the Brands Hatch circuit in England earlier today. Alan van der Merwe, back in the South African car for the first time since 2007, could only manage 19th position out of the 20 cars that will start the four qualifying sessions later this afternoon.

With the cancellation of the Mexican round of the series due to the swine flu outbreak, this is the final opportunity for the South African team to improve their standing on the championship log. The team are currently in eleventh position tied on points with A1GP Team USA who have been comfortably faster than the South Africans all weekend.

Saturday, 09 August 2008 23:03

4wd dominance over for now

Written by Paul Bedford

Johan Fourie
Johan Fourie takes the flag ahead of the BMWs
The advent of 18" rims in Class A of the Bridgestone Production Car series will see a resurgence of the real wheel drive brigade if today's events at Phakisa Freeway outside Welkom are anything to go by.

Leeroy Poulter, who has been battling for pace all deason, qualified his Nissan in pole position and went of to claim a lights-to-flag win in the first heat. Anthony Taylor claimed second in his BMW, taking the bonus point for the fastest lap on his way up from fourth place on the grid. Behind him Marco da Cunha prevailed in a race long battle with Etienne van der Linde to take the final podium position. Michael Stephen took advantage of the battle between da Cunha and van der Linde to slip past the BMW and claim fourth, the first Audi.

Saturday, 21 February 2009 17:39

Netherlands and Monaco on pole

Written by Paul Bedford

Team Netherlands, with Jeroen Bleekemolen at the wheel, used his power boost to snatch pole position for tomorrow's sprint race at the Gauteng A1GP. Portugal's Filipe Albuquerque will start allongside him in second place with Neel Jani (Switzeland) and Clivio Piccione (Monaco) on the second row of the grid.

Clivio Piccione
Clivio Piccione in the A1GP Team Monaco car. Photo -
Ex Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan also usedhis power boost to qualify fifth in the A1GP Team India car ahead of championship leader Team Ireland with Adam Carroll at the wheel. South Africa's Adrian Zaugg will start from the fourth row of the grid alongside France's Nicolas Prost who qualified seventh.

Sunday, 25 January 2009 11:14

Top 10s for SA

Written by Paul Bedford

Adrian Zaugg
Adrian Zaugg in the sprint race
Adrian Zaugg managed to claim two top 10 finishes in the fourth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport held at Taupo in New Zealand earlier today.

Starting from eleventh on the grid, the South African car crossed the line in tenth place at the end of the 15 lap sprint race. Championship leader Team Ireland with Adam Carroll at the wheel took victory ahead of Team Switzerland (Neel Jani) and Team Netherlands (Robert Doornbos).

In the feature race Zaugg worked his way up to tenth place from his lowly 16th grid slot. After the second pit stop Zaugg and the American car, driven by Marco Andretti, exited the pits together. Andretti crossed a barrier line as the duo rejoined the race and was subsequently given a 25 second time penalty. This promoted Zaugg to ninth in the race classification.

Saturday, 24 January 2009 10:33

Disappointmnet for Team SA in New Zealand

Written by Paul Bedford

A1 Team South Africa struggled in qualifying earlier today and Adrian Zaugg could only manage 11th place on the grid for the sprint race in the New Zealand leg of the champinship to be run at the Taupo circuit tomorrow. The South African car will start in 16th place for the feature race.

Adam Carroll claimed pole position for Team Ireland in both races ahead of Team Netherlands (Robert Doornbos) and Team Portugal (Filipe Albuquerque). A recording of the sprint race will be broadcast on SABC3 from 03h00 tomorrow morning with the feature race shown live between 04h00 and 05h30.

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