From the Driver's Seat

From the drivers seat
Some say he's a racing driver...
Some say he's a mechanic...
Some say he doesn't register speed...


All we know, is that he is Evolution 2 Motorsport's "man of mystery". The 'Gooch' gives us his thoughts all motoring-related.

Sarel van der Merwe to guest drive Ferrari F250 GT

Paolo at the 2016 SEFAC Day
Sarel van der Merwe will drive the Ferrari F250 GTM SWB, prepared and maintained by Evolution 2 Motorsport (for owner, Paolo Cavalieri of Pablo Clark), at the Festival of Motoring presented by WesBank.

The beautiful recreation of the car that took Stirling Moss to victory at the 1961 RAC Tourist Trophy at Goodwood, will make its second appearance at the Festival of Motoring. The car was raced in the iconic Rob Walker blue and white colors.

Join us from the 31 August – 2 September 2018, at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. Book your tickets now through iTickets SA: https://itickets.co.za/events/396858

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BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile in Wynns 1000 Tribute

1975: Original Batmobile in the Wynns 1000 at Kyalami

A privately-owned reproduction of the BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile that raced at the Wynns 1000 at Kyalami in 1975 will be back at the Midrand Circuit for the Festival of Motoring. The BMW Batmobile, built and run by Evolution 2 Motorsport, is currently being returned to the bodywork configuration as used at the 1000km race.

Period correct decals are also being prepared by Malcolm and Lindy Sampson (of M S Screen Printing) to create an authentic representation of the car as it originally raced. The BMW will be joined on track by the highly decorated Zakspeed Ford Escort, a reproduction of the 1977 Wynns 1000 winning car built by Piazza Motorsport. The sight and sound of both cars on track is sure to bring back memories of the battles between BMW and Ford in the 1970s at Kyalami.

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ITOO launches ITOO Classics, specialist insurance for classic cars

iTOO Classics
Leading South African niche underwriter - ITOO Special Risks, launches ITOO Classics, a specialist product that covers a range of risks explicitly associated with classic cars.

“Unlike conventional motor insurance, which generally deals with depreciating assets, ITOO Classics has been designed to cover assets that appreciate in value over time,” explains Gordon Massie, MD of ITOO Artinsure.

“Classic cars require specialist valuation and claims handling techniques. These methodologies vary greatly from standard motor insurance and we believe ITOO Classics is the perfect response to a growing need for this type of cover in South Africa”, explains Massie.

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24h Le Mans Race - Strong pace but no reward

The pair of BMW M8 GTEs together
Mixed emotions for BMW M Motorsport after its return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The pair of BMW M8 GTEs were able to match the pace of the GTE Pro front-runners over the course of the 86th edition of the endurance classic, with both running in the top-three for long stretches of the race. While car #82 – driven by Augusto Farfus, Alexander Sims and António Félix da Costa – had to retire from ninth following an accident in the early hours on Sunday, the #81 BMW M8 GTE made it to the finish after 332 laps. Martin Tomczyk, Nick Catsburg and Philipp Eng finished 12th. 

”Our return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans turned out to be an emotional rollercoaster.” Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director.

Following strong race starts, both driver-trios lost ground on the 13.626-kilometre track due to damper failures, which caused additional pit stops for repairs. The race was then ended for car #82 after an accident on Sunday at about 6:30 hrs. Shortly after that, the radiator of the sister car had to be changed after being hit by debris on the track. 12th place was the highest possible position after the extended stops. The #92 Porsche secured victory at the “Circuit de la Sarthe”.

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