WesBank Raceway in Germiston and Hewlett Packard are giving South African youngsters an opportunity to join the mainstream of motorsport in this country with a jointly run motorsport development programme to be primarily based at WesBank Raceway. -

- "We are very excited by this initiative and HP's support in this project is a great win for the sport and for the kids. The goal of this development programme is three fold, to increase the number of black participants in motorsport, to engender a love of motorsport in previously disadvantaged communities and to build self-esteem and confidence amongst the participants who are aged between 8 and 14 years old," said Peter Lindenberg who is CEO of WesBank Raceway and head of drag racing development in South Africa. -

- Aside from HP a number of other leading companies have committed to developing the sport, Kawasaki SA have donated six 65cc motorbikes while Suzuki have donated five 50cc bikes which will be maintained by KCR Suzuki and kept and raced at WesBank Raceway, KCR will also see to the protective clothing of the racers with Lynx helmets keeping the kids well and truly covered. -

- Top motorcross rider and all-round biker Ian Topliss will be responsible for the training of the youngsters and will be assisted by Bear Engineering's Pierre Labuschagne, together they will start the youngsters first on bicycles moving on to quad racing In order to learn how motorcycles work before getting on the bikes themselves and eventually racing over the 200m distance that the juniors will be competing over. -

- The youngsters for the development programme will be sourced from the local areas including Katlehong, Thembisa and Thokoza, these youngsters will also have the opportunity in the future to race in 8.8hp Briggs and Stratton powered pucker rail drag cars which will be ready in March 2002. These cars are currently being built by Hi-Tech Automotive in Port Elizabeth. -

- The initiative been taken by all of the players in drag racing development bodes well for a sport that is fast reaching a point where it is becoming a culture and should Drag Racing's future become more secure every time another youngster blasts down the drag strip.

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