After an extremely successful fourth Race of Champions held this year, organisers have confirmed that the fifth edition of the Race of Champions will happen and will once again be hosted at the impressive Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Airport in Ulundi from the 7th – 10th August, 2014.
Brian Emmenis, head of Capital Sounds and hosts of the event, reflects on this year’s event, “It was a well organised air race that not only saw the cream of SA Aviation take part but also showcased the beauty of KZN to so many television viewers through the events coverage on SuperSport.” Heading up the team tasked with bringing the 2014 event to aviation enthusiasts Emmenis is confident that 2014 can only be bigger and better.
Race Organiser and aviation veteran, Chris Briers, is delighted about being able to announce the return of the fifth edition of the Race of Champions. “The 2013 Zululand Race of Champions was a great event in spite of a few challenges, such as the weather, that we had to deal with. I believe the success was due to the incredible teamwork and commitment from the whole team and we are certain we can build on 2013 to make the 2014 event even better.” Briers said.
Botswana entrant, Guillaume Knipe, was delighted with this year’s race. “The Race of Champions was THE BEST race I have ever entered. We went down to Ulundi to have fun and that we definitely did. From the personal greeting on arriving to the Zulu dancers and the TV interview plus everything else made us feel very special during the ROC. The racing itself was over one of the most spectacular landscapes you can fly over and the low level fly over the Durban beach front was stuff memories are made of. One thing is for sure, we will defiantly be back in 2014 with a hand full of aircraft joining us!” comments Knipe.
Dr Clive Coetzee, General Manager: Infrastructure Management and Economic Services, who have invested in bringing aviation to the people of KZN adds “What a great event. KZN again delivered on its vision and took aviation to the people of Zululand. It was an inspirational event that embraced the Zulu culture and integrated it into the event and it was enjoyed by all. The people of Zululand were great hosts in opening up their exceptional airport to the race so that we could host and event of this calibre. The race has found a new home in Ulundi and the people of Zululand are the races’ new ambassadors. We are now looking forward to 2014 and making the Zululand Race of Champions a must on the aviation calendar.” Coetzee has also been working with all role players ensure the race returns in 2014 and shares the enthusiasm of Emmenis and Briers in bring the event back. “Zululand is looking forward to welcoming the event back and Treasury is proud to be working on taking it back to the area. The organizing team is working around the clock to make the 2014 edition an even greater Race of Champions.”
Entries are now officially open for the 2014 event! The Race of Champions will take place between 7th and 10th August 2014. Entry costs R 2500 and all entrants will receive the following;
- Dinner will be provided to competitors on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
- Race fuel will be sponsored
- Saturday night will be the traditional “black tie” function
- Only 100 entries will be allowed on a first come basis