De Wildt celebrated 40 years of the conservation center outside Hartebeespoort this year. In celebration, Clare Vale and her team organized a second fund raiser this year for De Wildt.
March saw the introduction of a magnificent floating trophy to the winner of the 2 hour endurance event. Renault, lead by their MD Xavier Gobille, were the winners of the first installment with the new trophy and they were back to defend their title. According to sources within Renault there has been quite a bit of banter about the future home of the trophy from the other teams competing in the March event prior to Sunday’s karting.
The format is quite simple. De Wildt get a team in the race and bring their cheetah ambassador to meet the competitors and families afterwards. A team of 4 – 6 local celebs are invited to race and the other competitors are all corporate entries who donate a significant amount to De Wildt to participate.
There is a lot at stake here! A floating trophy. Plaques to the top three and a few other bits and bobs randomly drawn to all the competitors who attended.
The racing was quite fierce in the beginning with all the competitors tightly bunched for early laps. Renault’s Xavier duly punched his way to the front, sometimes nudging the other competitors out of the way in the turns. All very exciting for a neutral bystander.
The celebs, of whom only one is a driver, were full of smiles for the cameras. Ben Morgenrood, the well known V8 racer, was nominated captain and tried his best to coach Ignition TV’s Lindsay Vine , KFM’s Elana Afrika and musician Rikki Brest. Local footballer Josta Dladla from Kaizer Chiefs also put in an appearance and drove the number 7 kart. The biggest celebrity, Byron the cheetah, stole the show after all the awards had been handed out.
When the dust had settled and everything was tallied up, the winners were announced:
- 3rd Place Renault
- 2nd Place Locost
- 1st Place and champions again, Renault Headoffice