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Red-Lined racing stalks Toyota

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FAST CARS…Red-Lined Nissan arrives debuts in the TDR Source:The Midweek Sun

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
Suspension: Donerre
Fuel Capacity: 480 litres
Weight: 1890kg

Feel free to provide any further information on the team.
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304 – Terence Marsh and Riaan Greyling
313 – Maik Willems and Rob van Pelt (international team from Holland)

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Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19

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Botswana Hockey Association (BHA) President Unaswi Matebu has confessed that her Association will suffer major financial losses post the Covid 19 pandemic that has left the sport fraternity at a standstill.

Matebu recently told this publication that the current situation does not only have tremendous effects on their schedule, but also there will be financial implications more especially that the association does not have full time sponsors.

“We had to cancel most of our calendar activities such as tournaments, national team trainings, Board meetings, and club activities since mid-March this year, all of which have cost us money to prepare for,” Matebu remarked in an interview.

Additionally she said the planning phase for their 5-year Development Plan which was supposed to be launched in June will have to be postponed. Also there are national competitions that were postponed till further notice despite them having already set up teams and having already started preparing.

“Our Indoor Hockey Senior National teams had already started preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations – a World Cup qualifier – that was supposed to be held in June, 2020, in South Africa. Our Field Hockey Senior National teams had already begun preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that were supposed to be held in August, 2020 in Zimbabwe,” she added.

Moreover, it was going to be an excessively detailed and decorated year  for local hockey governing body, with the Youth National teams having  already began preparations for the Africa Youth Championships that were billed for September, 2020, in Ghana.

“Player conditioning has obviously been affected because athletes are currently not training as planned and what we had achieved so far might go to waste. We are only hoping that the Continental and World Hockey governing bodies will give us enough time to prepare for these competitions post the pandemic.”

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BFA will not declare the season null and void – yet

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Amidst wide spreading fears that Botswana’s top flight league might be canceled and considered null and void because of the crippling Covid-19 pandemic, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) has yet to make a determination on the matter and has in fact ruled out scrapping off the season altogether.

Local football observers and pundits alike have already started talking of the possibilities after similar considerations of nullifying their seasons were made in the leagues of other countries especially in Europe.  No football activity has taken place in the country since social distancing measures were imposed to avoid the spread of the corona virus.

Local football pundit Fabian Zulu is one of those who believe there is a likelihood the football season will be nullified. “If the current situation persists, then there is a high possibility of declaring the league null and void. This situation wasn’t planned, no one knew that by now we would be facing this kind of situation; so the possibility is very high.

However, in an interview this week, BFA spokesperson Tumo Mpatane said the association has not considered canceling and nullifying the season as an option yet, adding that “currently we are observing a period of extreme social distancing, the ministry  of health and wellness will obviously give advice on the possibility of getting back to football.”

Consequently the BFA still awaits the Ministry to declare that the risks of spreading the virus are reduced and come up with a contingency plan. “If the ministry says there is a reduced health risk we will play out the season; if they advise against it we will then see what steps to take. The health of our players is more important and we will be guided by the responsive authorities,” Mpatane remarked.

However, suspension or cancellation of the leagues across the world seems inevitable even as some European leagues, more specifically the English Premier League, are now contemplating a behind-closed-doors campaign to finish off the remaining matches.

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