VARIAWA HEADS FOR USA Former South African champion Shameer Variawa will be rubbing shoulders with the "big boys" and will miss the Ford Motorite Limpopo 400, round six of the Absa South African Off Road Championship, on September 9 and ...
VARIAWA HEADS FOR USA
Former South African champion Shameer Variawa will be rubbing shoulders with the "big boys" and will miss the Ford Motorite Limpopo 400, round six of the Absa South African Off Road Championship, on September 9 and 10.
Variawa, 28, who won the South African Off Road Championship in 2000, will compete in the Score Las Vegas Primm 300, round five of the prestige American series, in Nevada from September 9 to 11. Variawa and well known Porter co-driver Eric Steward, will campaign a Total Porter LS 2 in Class One of the American event.
"The clash of dates is unfortunate, and missing the Ford Motorite event is a disappointment," said Variawa. "At the end of the day, however, the lure of racing in the Score series was just too much to resist.
"It is something I have always wanted to do, and I am looking forward to the experience."
Variawa added that he was under no illusions about the quality of the Las Vegas Primm 300 field, but was hopeful of coming up with a good result. The Score series this year celebrates its 32nd season and the Primm 300 will cater for 17 Pro classes and two Sportsman classes for both cars and trucks with Primm located 70 kilometres south of Las Vegas on the California border.
"It is going to be a tough event, and I don't really know what to expect," said Variawa. "Heading into the unknown is going to be exciting, but we have a good vehicle and with a little bit of luck we'll come up with a good result."
Variawa started racing at the age of 16 when he started navigating for his late father Abdul. At 18 he won the first event in which he entered as a driver, the 1995 Supa Rock 200, and a year later won his first national event with victory on the tough Barberspan 500.
"I am lucky to have had people like South African champions Buks Carolin and VZ van Zyl sitting alongside me," said Variawa. Van Zyl, who currently co-drives with Variawa in the Absa Off Road Championship, will also be traveling to the USA and will be part of the crew team.
"I learned an awful lot from Buks, and having VZ as part of the crew in America is a morale booster," said Variawa.
"I would also like to thank Total South Africa, our team sponsor, for giving me this wonderful opportunity to participate in the Las Vegas Primm 300."
"It is going to be a busy weekend, but my thoughts will also be with all the competitors on the Ford Motorite Limpopo 400. I am sure it is going to be a great event."