Fans have a great day at Durban’s A1GP, despite the heat

2008-02-24 00:00

It was an action-packed day for thousands of racing fans who braved the scorching heat to watch 22 countries battle for first prize in the A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport race held in Durban yesterday.

And although SA driver Adrian Zaugg could not repeat his Sydney win — and in fact withdrew in lap 42 — SA flags still waved and fans said the day was well organised.

Vanessa Peter from Um-hlanga said she couldn’t have asked for a better race.

“Things have been great. It was an exciting race and extremely well organised. It was a perfect day and I hope that we will have more races like this,” she said.

Gregory Benjamin said he has attended the races for the past three years and enjoyed all of them.

“Everything sizzled here. The cars were amazing, the atmosphere was great. Racing fans really had a treat today.”

Ruan Rabe from Amanzimtoti said that even though the weather was “a bit of a stinger”, it was a fun day for racing enthusiasts.

Shival Somai said this year’s event was the best one ever and hoped that Durban would host more races in future.

The feature race was won by Switzerland with France and Portugal second and third.

A disappointed Zaugg said that he struggled with his tyres and tried to cool them down before the crash on the Vodacom hairpin bend.

“I didn’t pay attention to the brakes and this was my biggest mistake. I’m sorry to have hit the Netherlands,” he said.

Race winner Neel Janni suffered from a stomach bug before the big race and didn’t think he would do well.

“I had many runs to the toilet and suffered from severe stomach cramps. It was difficult to concentrate and I was happy with all the safety cars,” he said.

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