46 000 fans watched as the F1 legend put the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing show car through its paces at the iconic Grand Parade IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA.
It's not every day you get to experience the true roar and speed of a Formula 1 car in real life, never mind a World Championship winning one. That's exactly what the people of Cape Town got to see when the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula One's show run team visited the Mother City on Sunday 2 June for the Red Bull Cape Town Circuit.
It’s also not every day that I don’t have my camera at an event like this but rubbing shoulders with Siya Kolisi, and producing social media content for @redbullza on Instagram was my brief so... I had a weird mix of emotions going into this: it’s “just a car” but in reality it’s a surreal experience to see it, and hear that whine coming down Darling Street!
The Quadruple Constructors’ and Drivers' Championship-winning machine was piloted by F1 legend, David Coulthard who ran laps of the street circuit in between crowd-pleasing doughnuts.
"South Africa has a rich Formula One history and maybe we can stimulate a future world champion who is watching in the crowd today. Formula One has been a global shopfront for emerging cities, but South Africa is already on the map," the 13-time GP winner said.
Fans witnessed the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing car push over 4G's and reach a top speed of nearly 300km/h on a 700-metre long urban track on Darling Street between the Grand Parade, City Hall and the Castle.
The car, which accelerates from 0-100km/h in 2.4 seconds, and reached speeds of over 250km/h, was the mainstay of the event but it was far from the only attraction on what was an epic, action-packed day of motorsport with various side acts, and displays including Brian Capper, Vouks, and Aras Gibieža.
Crowds turned out in their thousands to watch Coulthard as well as motorbike stunt riders Arūnas ‘Aras’ Gibieža, Brian Capper, various local pro-drifters and other motorsport enthusiasts perform, while aerobatics pilot Pat Davidson took to the skies.
DJ Ready D kept the vibe going all day in another incredible show of endurance and skill, while KFM’s Ryan O’Connor was on the mic capturing the energy of the day. The exclusive hospitality area was packed out with the likes of Springbok Captain Siya Kolisi and Nasty C.
Show Runs such as Red Bull Cape Town Circuit take give fans the chance to witness the contained ferocity of a F1 car at very close quarters. The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing show run team has been across the globe, from cobbled city streets of Europe to baking deserts of the Americas. From the Netherlands to Tokyo and beyond, it has conquered the highest road in the Himalayas, skated on frozen rivers in Canada and drifted across golden Caribbean beaches. Indeed, it had been to South Africa before, but this was a first for the city of Cape Town...
And, it is hoped that events such as this will help encourage the possibility of Formula One finding a more permanent home in South Africa.
This article was originally posted on https://www.redbull.com/za-en/Red-Bull-Cape-Town-Circuit-report (go check it out if you want to see more photos of the event).
Words by Jazz Kuschke.