25 February gave petrolheads plenty to celebrate: In an absolutely stunning day of racing, South Africa embraced local and international greats on our circuits with events in both Cape Town and Johannesburg!
Cape Town: ABB FIA Formula E Grand Prix
It was absolutely thrilling to watch António Félix da Costa speed his way to the finish line at the ABB FIA Formula E Grand Prix, hosted in Cape Town on 25 February.
Racing for the Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E team, Da Costa beat respective second and third-place winners Jean-Eric Vergne and Nick Cassidy.
This is the second time Cape Town has hosted this fantastic event, and the atmosphere was electric as spectators gathered in droves to watch drivers take the 2.921 km, 12-turn Cape Town circuit. The route, which ran around the Green Point Stadium, was expected to be one of the quickest on the 2022/23 Formula E calendar.
This year’s event was even more exciting, though, thanks to the introduction of faster, lighter Gen 3 cars and a race that ran on a set number of laps rather than time. Sheer driving adrenaline!
Johannesburg: Kyalami 9-hour
Meanwhile, Gauteng got its own dose of racing action between 23 and 25 February, when the Kyalami 9-hour took place. The event saw 33 top international and local GT3 and GT4 race car drivers competing for the cup, with racing enthusiasts enjoying more than 12 hours of non-stop racing during the weekend.
Brands represented included Mercedes-AMG, Audi, BMW, and Porsche, with the highlight of the day, the Kyalami Supercup, won by Sheldon van der Linde. Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts also led the Team WRT one-two victory, making this BMW’s first Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli win since 2020.
This weekend brilliantly showed South African motorsport, entrepreneurship, the country, and our people off to the rest of the world. We did it all right!!!