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Gugu Zulu

Racing ace Gugu Zulu is known by his fans as "the fastest brother in Africa", Gugu Zulu oozes confidence and ambition, and is one of the brightest rising stars in the motoring world.

"Gugu is the perfect ‘fourth wheel’ to complement our existing presentation team – David Bullard, Hendrik Verwoerd and Clint Weston", says Series Director Ian Hooper. "In fact Gugu was our first choice when Car Torque began in April 2004, but due to sponsor conflicts, he wasn’t able to join us then".

Beaming from ear to ear, Gugu says "I’m thrilled to be joining the Car Torque team. I was really disappointed when I couldn’t accept the offer last year, but now I’m back, with even more energy and experience".

Gugulethu Zulu, to give him his full name, brings a new, youthful energy to the show. This 29 year-old action-man is passionate about cars, and recognised as one of the finest rally and race car drivers in the country.

He is currently a works rally driver for BP/Volkswagen, scoring a third and second in the first two rallies of the season. He is also an advanced driving instructor for the Volkswagen Driving Academy, Audi and BMW, and most recently for the Supercar Challenge, run by fellow race driver Gary Formato, driving Ferrari 360’s.

This means he really knows how to handle a car, both on and off the racetrack, and off the beaten track, thanks to his rally experience!

He started his racing career in 1999, after graduating from the Isondo Racing Academy.

In 2000 he astounded the racing world by winning the Vodacom Isondo Sports 2000 national championship, winning thirteen out of sixteen races with two second places. In 2001, Sarel van der Merwe took him under his wing, when he was given second seat in the inaugural Sasol Steam Team.

The awards kept coming… the Guinness Achievement Award, as well as the Wesbank and Goodyear Star of Tomorrow awards. By 2002 he was setting lap times as fast as his mentor, Sarel van der Merwe. In 2003 he was offered a drive in the rallying world, scoring high points in several rallies to bring him within one point of the championship leader.

In 2004 he had a taste of overseas racing, competing against the likes of Mario Andretti’s grandson Marco, in the Skip Barber Dodge Racing Series.

Gugu is set to become a household name in South Africa, and recognises that he is a role model for thousands of young boys and girls. He’s proud of the title his fans have given him, and aims to live up to his reputation as "the Fastest "Brother in Africa"!

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