The Red-Lined Nissan racing team will rely on experienced drivers, navigators and fast cars in order to conquer the indomitable Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) team this weekend.
Reliability and professional technical team gives the globe-trotting Red-Lined Nissan confidence team the much needed confidence ahead of the Desert Race. This week the South African based glamour team fielded questions from Sun Sports reporter ISAAC PHEKO.
Which category is the Red-Lined Nissan team competing in during the 2018 1000km Toyota Desert Race?
FIA Class with three cars.
What are the targets set for the Redlined Nissan team in both the SACCS and the Toyota 1000 km Desert Race?
As we are more focused on our international campaigns we do not compete in all the SACCS events and as such do not have any targets within this championship but just generally use these events to test and develop our race cars. With regards to the 1000km Toyota Desert Race, first and foremost we want all three cars to finish with one of our cars on the podium, and then more importantly we want to win the Dakar Challenge.
How will winning Toyota 1000 km race influence your 2018 campaign?
It won’t influence our 2018 campaign but will contribute towards our 2019 Dakar plans.
Toyota has dominated the 1000 km Desert Race for close to four years. What will it take to beat the big and well-resourced factory team in the Desert Race and the SACCS?
A significant amount of money and resources together with professional drivers just like Toyota has.
Which other racing classes is the Red-Lined Nissan team competing in the SACCS? FIA Class only.
Is the Redlined Nissan team expected to compete in the 2019 Dakar Rally next year? We will be entering one car in the 2019 Dakar.
Has the Red-Lined Nissan competed Dakar in the past?
Yes, we have had six of our proudly South African race cars compete in the Dakar with five of these cars successfully completing the event.
Where is the Red-Lined Nissan racing car built?
In our premises in Kyalami, Johannesburg.
What edge do you have over your competitors in the SACCS and the 1000 km Desert Race?
We have experienced drivers and navigators together with a good reliable car and a strong and professional technical team.
How is will Red-Lined Nissan team interact with local car dealers, mechanics and other technicians when you compete in Botswana?
We open up our pit set up and hospitality areas to the Nissan dealers and their customers within Botswana.
Please share with us the specs of the Red-Lined Nissan racing car.
Engine: Nissan vk50 (v8 normally aspirated)
Gearbox: Sadev 6 speed sequential
Management System: motec 100 series
Fuel Capacity: 480 litres
Feel free to provide any further information on the team.
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Ghetto awaits Mascom top 8 duel
It’s that time of the year again when local football supporters embark on an annual pilgrimage to the Francistown Sports Complex where two deserving teams will take centre stage during the Mascom Top 8 Final. Both Gaborone United (GU)and Jwaneng Galaxy return to the finals, the former looking to win an astounding third title while Galaxy will be in search of their second title in three years.
Despite GU or the Money Machine as it is known sitting on position 7th on the BTC Premiership Table, they are tipped as the favourites to win this prestigious trophy. With a wealth of experience in the team and their big match temperament, GU can go all the way and write the history books by being the first club to win three Mascom Top 8 titles.
Gaborone United gaffer Philemon Makhwengwe will have to be up to his best, saturated with smart tactics and soothing combinations of play, with industrious players like Jerome Ramatlhakwana, Dirang Moloi, Gaopatwe Seosenyeng, Thatayaone Kgamanyane and Goitseone Phoko guarding the sticks. Makhwengwe is likely to pack his rich midfield with the likes of Rentse Keakabetse, captain Alphonse Modisaotsile, Obonywe Maome and Gaopatwe Seosenyeng to kill the mobility of Jwaneng Galaxy and limit spaces behind the defense.
Dirang Moloi and Thatayone Kgamayane are expected to play behind Jerome Ramatlhakwane as supporting strikers as Makhwengwe will also enjoy adding for power in his attack, the two players are expected to put through Ramatlhakwana, whose goal scoring prowess is second to none. On the other hand, Jwaneng Galaxy is a club enjoying a very good run of form, the Jwaneng based outfits are currently challenging for BTC Premiership honors and the Mascom Top 8 title; as things stand they will not be a walk in the park.
Miguel Da Costa will carry his troops to battle on Saturday night and will definitely bring his finest mind to the game, his unsurpassed tactics will also boil down in the technical area, the coach has proven to be an all-out attacker with a cautious mindset so expectation are he will have Lebogang Ditsele guarding and working closely to the four men defense while the pondering captain Olebogeng Malebye is unleashed for attacking and defending duties.
Galaxy will depend on Gilbert Baruti and Thero Setsile to unlock the GU defensive line with skill and pace on the flanks, should the two not be up to task Gift Moyo can always come on to rescue the day. Patrick Kaunda will have to be on his toes holding the ball for the oncoming attackers and fending off defenders every moment.
Tebogo Sembowa remains to be a lucky charm in the tournament having played four finals and winning them all, Galaxy will count him as their lucky charm as the player looks to add his fifth Mascom Top 8 medal this weekend. One player that Galaxy will pin their hopes on is the lanky short stopper, Ezikiel Morake who has enjoyed his game in this tournament.
Morake is capable of winning the game for his side, with his admirable reflexes and his ability to make key long ball passes to his strikers. Morake can also be vital when his defense is caught napping, the goal minder is a one on one specialist who knows how to spread his body when facing a striker.
BOMAID sponsors Gaborone Marathon
Local medical aid company, BOMAID has sponsored the 2019 Gaborone Marathon to the tune of P200 000. The international Marathon that includes the 42 km main race, the 21km and 10km races is scheduled for 12 May starting at the Grand Palm.
Through the Gaborone Marathon sponsorship, BOMAID hopes to encourage a healthy lifestyle and contribute towards the health sector and add value to the economy.
The sponsorship was unveiled in Gaborone this past week. Some of the reasons put forward for sponsoring the DGM include giving back to the community and aiding disadvantaged groups.
BOMAID aims to achieve this through the DGM’s charity work. The medical aid company further aims to create a healthy lifestyle among Batswana.
Speaking during the sponsorship announcement, BOMAID Chief Executive Officer, Moraki Mokgosana said the company is tasked with ensuring wellness and good health for members, ensuring that they live a healthy life.
“Over and above encouraging exercise as a form of wellness, we also have screening and prevention benefits to help curb the rise of non-communicable disease,” he said.
For her part, BOMAID Sales and Marketing Manager, Beilah Mapitse said, “funding of the marathon is a means of accessing a wide range of the organisation’s target audience, both members and potential clients.
This also positions BOMAID as a caring healthcare provider and allows us as business owners to relate directly to our stakeholders.”
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