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New Sasol GTC cars set for thrills

The iconic Grand Prix Circuit will present a new challenge to the GTC drivers as they tackle the country’s fastest racetrack on June 16.

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A1 heading to Jakarta

2006-02-10 13:52

Following its first podium finish - third in Dubai in round six in December - and fifth place in the series? first street race in Durban, KwaZulu Natal two weeks ago, the team is feeling in confident mood and will be aiming for another good result.

"The South African round in Durban has boosted the team?s confidence and pride in representing our country,? said Dana Cooper, CEO of A1GP Team RSA. "The support we received from the sell-out crowd around the street circuit and also from the media, particularly in the host province of KwaZulu Natal, was incredible - almost overwhelming.

"Stephen Simpson?s cool and calculated drive on a very demanding circuit, in his first appearance on a street circuit, demonstrated both maturity and courage. We are all very proud of him,? said Cooper.

"Much is expected of us now by the South African public and the team will be putting in the usual maximum effort to achieve another good result in Indonesia.?

Simpson, who turned 22 three weeks before the Durban race, has improved his performances with every race. "We?re getting there. I?m feeling more confident in my ability to race the more experienced drivers and to attack the circuits. Durban was a very big challenge. Those concrete walls are very intimidating. We came through that challenge unscathed and I feel a lot stronger because of that.?

Gavin Cronje, 25, who put in a storming drive in the first Volkswagen A3 support race in Durban and was the class of the field, will again travel as reserve driver.

Vulindlela will be carrying the names of its regular sponsors - Absa, SABC Sport and Aon - as well as that of new sponsor Telkom and supplier Soviet clothing.

The Sentul circuit is located 45 minutes from Jakarta and 8 km from Bogor in West Java. It is 3,9 km long, has 11 turns and runs in a clockwise direction. The circuit has been used predominantly for bike racing and the Asian F3 series. It is fast and wide with very high speeds. Extreme heat and humidity are added challenges.

Saturday?s qualifying will be broadcast live on SABC3 from 09h00 to 11h00 and Sunday?s two races live from 08h00 to 11h30 (SA time).

Points after seven rounds of 11:
1 France 119; 2 Switzerland 92; 3 Brazil 63; 4 Great Britain 58; 5 New Zealand 54; 6 Portugal 50; 7 Ireland 44; 8 Netherlands 44; 9 Malaysia 33; 10 Canada 32; 11 Czech Republic 30; 12 Australia 29; 13 Italy 26; 14 Mexico 20; 15 South Africa 20; 16 Germany 15; 17 USA 13: 18 Indonesia 10: 19 Austria 8; 20 China 6; 21 Japan 6; 22 Pakistan 4.

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