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Botswana Motorsport to go solo

May ditch South African owned 1000 Toyota Desert race

Botswana Motorsport is in the course of shaking off the hegemonic influence of Motorsport South Africa and un-grip the far reaching feelers of its neighbour federation South of Molopo.


Speaking in an interview with WeekendSport Botswana Motorsport President, Simon Modisaemang revealed that his association is keen on skirting a Dakar style take- away with the South African controlled 1000 Toyota Dessert Race whose finishing laps initially ended at Dakar, Senegal was uprooted from the African continent to the South American countries of Argentina and Chile.


According to Modisaemang there are two ways for Botswana Motorsport’s great leap in development and greater involvement into the South African owned 1000 Toyota Desert race. He said they would either have to get into a sustainable long term agreement of not less than three years with the race promoters or no contract with Motorsport South Africa continuing saying that should Motorsport South Africa pull back there will be no legacy for Batswana as there has never been no development fund started for Botswana Motorsport or communities that host the race.


As a solution to a probable state of affairs of the withdrawal of the dessert race from the country by the South African Motorsport, Modisaemang revealed that substantial plans are afoot at his association to introduce a Botswana owned motorsport contest in the form of more riveting and thrilling part on-road and off-road car rallying which forces drivers to observe on-road traffic rules set to begin mid-2016.

The contest will have an entry level of 125 kilometres and take place within areas of Gaborone. The motorsport association president says besides rallying they are also intending to uncover a slew of other automobile disciplines associated with motorsport including drag racing as well as car spinning.


The passionate and ostensibly strong-willed administrator also revealed that Botswana Motorsport is aiming to leap for the jugular of grassroots development of the sport by constructing a first-rate integrated motorsport facility where all motorsport events will take place with the help of Federation Internationale De I ’Automobile (FIA), subsequently making it easy to introduce motorsport to youngsters and grooming young future petrol-heads through developmental levels such as go-karting.


He said despite the land shortcomings since they had not been included in the allocation of land at the newly sporting association land allocations in Gaborone they are gunning for benefitting from the FIA developmental funds of P400 000 which  Botswana Motorsport has already benefitted from through the training of officials.  It also came to light that among the budding association’s victories of transformation to its name it has struck a deal with Marsh Insurance Brokers in collaboration with Botswana Insurance Limited for an extended cover of Botswana Motorsport licensed club racers.

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