Minardi F1x2 to debut in South Africa

The Minardi F1x2 team will break new ground this coming weekend when its exciting two-seater Formula One cars appear for the first time in Africa. The Ledbury, UK-based squad will be running a pair of chassis from its innovative, eight-car, F1x2...

The Minardi F1x2 team will break new ground this coming weekend when its exciting two-seater Formula One cars appear for the first time in Africa.

The Ledbury, UK-based squad will be running a pair of chassis from its innovative, eight-car, F1x2 "fleet" at the AA Kyalami International Raceway circuit, near Johannesburg, South Africa, as a precursor to the Altech South African F1x2 Grand Prix, to be held at the famous track on Monday, August 9.

Eight Minardi F1x2 and two Minardi F1 cars lined up in the garage.
Photo by Minardi Formula 1.

The latter event is fully supported by Nelson Mandela, and will provide a memorable weekend of motorsport and entertainment, the proceeds from which will directly benefit the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and Unite Against Hunger charities.

The purpose of this weekend's programme is to provide passenger rides to a select number of VIP and media guests, both to publicise the August event and to introduce the two-seater Minardi F1 cars to a South African audience that has seen little Formula One-related motorsport since the country last staged a Grand Prix, at Kyalami, in 1993.

Acting as high-speed "chauffeurs" this weekend will be regular Wilux Minardi Cosworth Formula One driver, Zsolt Baumgartner, the Faenza-based team's official test and reserve driver, Bas Leinders, and up-and-coming South African racer, Alan van der Merwe, who is currently competing in the FIA F3000 International Championship, generally regarded as the final step for young drivers before embarking on a Formula One career.

"Minardi has been privileged to be able to introduce the excitement of its two-seater Formula One cars to enthusiastic audiences in a number of countries around the world over the last four years, including China, Malaysia, Australia, Hungary, Austria, Italy and the UK," comments Wilux Minardi Cosworth Team Principal, Paul Stoddart.

"We are particularly proud, however, to be able to bring them to South Africa for the first time this weekend in order officially to launch the Altech South African F1x2 Grand Prix, which has all the makings of truly remarkable event."

"I would like to thank our drivers, Zsolt, Bas and Alan, all of whom are willingly giving of their time at a very busy stage of the motor racing season in order to participate in this weekend's programme. I'm sure it is going to be a success and will undoubtedly whet the appetite of South African motor racing fans for the August event."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Paul Stoddart , Zsolt Baumgartner , Alan van der Merwe , Bas Leinders
Teams Minardi