Trident Racing interview with Francois Pretorius

Trident Racing welcomes Motorsport South Africa's Managing Director at Abu-Dhabi At the eve of the final round of the 2010 GP2 Main Series, starting this weekend at the Abu Dhabi racetrack, Trident Racing welcomed the Managing Director of ...

Trident Racing welcomes Motorsport South Africa's Managing Director at Abu-Dhabi

At the eve of the final round of the 2010 GP2 Main Series, starting this weekend at the Abu Dhabi racetrack, Trident Racing welcomed the Managing Director of Motorsport South Africa, Francois Pretorius, who swinged by to support Adrian Zaugg, the most promising racer of the Country.

TR: What are the key goals of your trip to Abu Dhabi?

FP: "I wanted to follow Adrian live on the spot for an entire weekend, and have a better taste of the GP2 Series. I found out it's a really professional context, and the team is extremely friendly too. Among the things to do, I wanted to see how such a new race track looked like, with its extremely high-quality infrastructures and services. There has been a well-focused proposition to build an up-to-standard track to host Formula 1 in South Africa, and the example we have here at Abu Dhabi is definitely an interesting model to follow."

TR: Are there chances to see Formula 1 back to South Africa in a relatively short time?

FP: "South Africa has many plans ongoing, and one of them is targeted in solving the main issues regarding the construction of a new racetrack, but that's something people feel deeply, as there are lots of motorsports fans in the Country. Currently we have eight championships for a total of 250 drivers lining-up, so the environment is pretty alive. If there will be all the necessary conditions, we would be proud to be back hosting a Formula One Grand Prix".

TR: You're also here to follow the race of Adrian Zaugg. Will you be back among his supporters for the next steps of his career?

FP: "Adrian is the most shining star in our youngsters' panorama, we deeply rely in him and we think he has what it takes to emerge in a competitive environment like GP2. He clearly deserves it, and we have to consider that South Africa has fourty million citizens, with five million white people and 35 million people of color. In this latter social bracket, soccer is really strong, like cricket and rugby, while motorsports are more popular among whites. Adrian is the best possible spokesperson to spread the interest in car racing over our country".

TR: The final goal must be to have Adrian Zaugg lined-up for a South African Grand Prix...

FP: "That would be incredible, but we have to work step by step. We have a plan for a racetrack to be built in Durban or Cape Town, but there's still long to go. In the meantime, Adrian will continue to follow his path, and then, if the two roads will be crossing in the future, that would be great".

-source: trident racing

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Adrian Zaugg
Teams Trident