Two Black drivers could write themselves into South African motorsport history at the final Vodacom Power Tour national meeting of the year at AA Kyalami on November 23. Former Soweto driving instructor Philip Kekana and Transkeian...
Two Black drivers could write themselves into South African motorsport history at the final Vodacom Power Tour national meeting of the year at AA Kyalami on November 23.
Former Soweto driving instructor Philip Kekana and Transkeian Tschops Sipuka are in line to become the first Black racing drivers to win South African championships. The pair will share the limelight with the legendary Sarel van der Merwe, who makes his final circuit racing appearance after a 30 year career, at what promises to be a dramatic finale to the national circuit racing season.
Kekana, in the Sasol Toyota Tazz, leads Class D of the South African Production Car Championship, and is also in line to win the South African Junior Drivers Championship. Kekana, who at one stage also drove a hearse in Soweto, leads the Class D championship by 12 points and trails Opel Corsa driver Jody Powell by a single point in the SA Junior Drivers series.
One of the first Black drivers to come to prominence in South African motor racing over the last decade, Kekana has come into his own this season. A former Ford factory driver in the now defunct Stannic Group N Championship, the ever smiling Kekana joined the Sasol Toyota Tazz team at the start of the 2001 season and has not looked back.
"It is all a matter of confidence, and everything has fallen into place," said Kekana. "I have never been in this position before, and it is nerve wracking.
"The team has been very supportive, and come race day I'll just go out there and try and get the job done."
Sipuka goes into the AA Kyalami outing with a 14 point lead over Port Elizabeth driver Silvio Scribante in the Engen VW Cup Championship. The Transkeian was discovered by former South African Touring Car and Modified Saloon Car champion Terry Moss, and under his tutelage has made steady progress in the Engen VW Cup series over the last couple of seasons.
Under Moss's wing Sipuka has also gathered in considerable overseas experience in saloon car endurance races in Europe. It is understood that Moss is currently negotiating for a Formula 2 drive for Sipuka in Europe in the future.
It is not often that anyone steals the limelight from the legendary Supervan but Kekana, affectionately known in pit lane as "Flippie", and Sipuka could do just that on November 23.