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"!