Grand Prix: F1-crazy Durban couple head off to India for inaugural race

2012-10-20 00:00

GRAND Prix racing and romance seem to make good bedfellows for fun-loving Durban couple Yogi and Clive Govender.

These patriotic F1 fanatics wear their trademark Ferrari racing jackets with their rainbow-coloured scarves or beanies.

Ever since Queensburgh building contractor Clive surprised his radiotherapist wife with a romantic trip to the Eiffel Tower in Paris for her 45th birthday a few years ago, followed by an adrenaline-pumping experience at the French Grand Prix in Nevers, the F1 racing bug has bitten Yogi.

“My husband has been mad about motor racing ever since he was a boy and what was supposed to be a Parisian birthday celebration has since turned into a romance of another kind with racing. We are die-hard Ferrari fans and our idols are the Schumachers,” she said.

Yesterday, they were spotted with their full red regalia at the King Shaka airport, en route to New Delhi to attend next weekend’s Indian Grand Prix.

Clive will be celebrating his 50th birthday as the engines roar and the celebrated drivers get into gear in a country where cricket is still king. “Celebrating two special birthdays on the racing tracks of the world is no mean feat,” they joked.

They said they were looking forward to joining 118 000 fans from October 26-28 at one of the fastest tracks in the world, with cars reaching 320 km/h, at Delhi’s Greater Noida for the first Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the newly-built 5,5 km circuit designed by Herman Tilke, a famous Formula One race track designer.

For 49-year-old Yogi, a mother of two daughters, this trip is a real breather after her hectic schedule as a practice manager working in radiotherapy treatment for cancer patients and she also has the task of overseeing the opening of a new oncology centre in Umhlanga later this year.

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