Fun-filled Roadshow coming

Sowetan Reporter

Sowetan Reporter

The Roadshow has thrilled more than two million people worldwide and for the second year running it will be bringing Formula 1 action to the people of South Africa.

The event returns to Sandton as a result of a strategic partnership between the Gauteng department of economic development and Renault F1 (RF1).

While access to the GPG Renault F1 Roadshow is free to the public, RF1 and GPG have agreed to the erection of a limited number of grandstands owing to the number of F1 fans who want a bird's-eye view on the day.

The grandstand tickets go for R250 and R300 and are now on sale at Computicket.

On Roadshow day first up on the grid in the cockpit of the Renault R27 F1 race car will be Nelson Piquet Jnr. Lucas DiGrassi, the team's third driver, will take over the controls later in the day and both drivers are expected to reach speeds of up to 270kph.

Fans will also get to see the duo at a more realistic speed when they are chauffeured around the circuit in a convertible.

While the circuit officially opens at 10:30am the public is advised to get to Sandton early in order to secure prime viewing positions.

The day will start with a number of supporting acts, including karting, and at regular intervals throughout the day spectators will enjoy action aplenty courtesy of Renault's Megane Class T Production Car, Megane Trophy car as well as two Formula Renault cars.

The official opening of the GPG Renault F1 Team Roadshow is scheduled for 11:15am and will set the scene for a fun-filled day of entertainment and action that will continue through to 15:30pm.

The entertainment line-up includes Soweto-born diva Sibongile Mngoma, a French choir, two local marching bands and drum majorettes, while the Azuma Cultural Group and Lesedi Cultural Village dance troupes will provide a touch of local fare and flair.