A1 Team South Africa?s Vulindlela (meaning 'clear the way'), sporting a bold new colour scheme based on the six-colour South African flag, will be driven by 19-year-old Adrian Zaugg, who will be making his A1GP debut after signing for the team last month.
Over 100 000 tickets have already been sold for the season-opener at Zandvoort and it promises to be a memorable start to this second season of a unique motor racing series contested by 25 nations in identical cars over a 13-race schedule taking in 12 different countries including South Africa and representing 80 percent of the world?s population.
The South African race will be round eight and will once again take place in the streets of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday, February 25, 2007.
A1 GP brings together teams and drivers from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey and the USA.
In addition to the colours of the Rainbow Nation and the hopes of all South Africans, Vulindlela also carries the Robben Island prison number of former president Nelson Mandela, 46664, and the number 2010 as a reminder that South Africa will host the football World Cup in four years? time.
?We are proud to represent our country in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport,? said Mr Tokyo Sexwale, official seat holder for the South African team and chairperson of A1 Team South Africa.
?Last season Sheikh Maktoum of Dubai?s vision provided our country with a golden opportunity to compete against the nations of the world in a global motor racing competition never seen before, where it is nation against nation as opposed to a contest between drivers and constructors," added Sexwale.
?The series proved to be an instant success and provided the world?s motor racing fans and the supporters of each nation with close and exciting racing. The A1GP concept brought these nations together in a common goal ? to join together in a celebration of united nations, international goodwill and national pride.?
Ms Dana Cooper, CEO of A1 Team South Africa, has urged all South Africans to support their team again in this competition as they did so enthusiastically last year. ?Like the African Cup of Nations and the Rugby World Cup, the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport is an opportunity for our country to take on and beat the best in the world in the exciting world of motor racing,? said Cooper.
Sporting and technical manager Mike Carroll discussed the key ingredients likely to influence the South African A1GP team?s performance in the new series.
?We pulled off a major coup to secure French team, DAMS, who prepared the championship-winning French car in the inaugural season, as the team responsible for our race car preparation second time around. DAMS will again prepare the French car and this means that the engineers of Team South Africa and Team France will collaborate on an ongoing basis in an effort to push both teams forward.
?We are also delighted that Red Bull has allowed their Junior Team driver Adrian Zaugg, who was stunningly quick the first day he drove the A1GP car, to kick off the season for us and have agreed for him to do at least three races in total.
"The race driver squad also has some continuity with the retention of Stephen Simpson, who was voted most improved driver last season. DAMS and the driver squad are very motivated to improve on our overall performance of last season and hope to make South Africa proud in what we expect will be a far more competitive second season.?
Each race weekend consists of two official practice sessions on Friday, an official practice session on Saturday as well as four 15-minute qualifying sessions during which each car must complete a single flying lap, followed by a rolling start 30-minute sprint race and a grid start one-hour feature race with a mandatory pit stop.
Prize money per race weekend totals US$1-million, with the winning team taking home $300 000, the runner-up $200 000 and the third-placed team $150 000. The 10th placed finisher will earn $10 000.
The overall winner of the 13-race World Cup of Motorsport will be rewarded with a cash prize of $1-million.