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FINALISTS TO BATTLE IT OUT FOR THE 2017 VOLKSWAGEN DRIVER SEARCH ARE NAMED

Date: 24 Oct 2017 Author Type: Press Release
Author: Volkswagen South Africa
Source: Volkswagen South Africa
  • The names of the two finalists that will compete for Driver Search glory are Talha Moosajee and Raais Asmal

  • Asmal and Moosajee to compete in Port Elizabeth 3-Hour Endurance race in November

  • Ultimate winner could earn a drive with Volkswagen Motorsport in the 2018 Engen Volkswagen Cup

  • Winner to be announced at Zwartkops on 25 November

Zwartkops Raceway, Pretoria.

After four gruelling days of physical tests, psychological evaluations, media lectures and naturally a string of stringent driving tests, the judges have been able to cut the original field of fourteen hopefuls down to the two finalists that will now battle it out for 2017 Volkswagen Driver Search honours.

“We are very pleased with the way the 2017 event has gone so far,” commented Mr. Mike Rowe, head of Volkswagen Motorsport. “Volkswagen have always been about being a responsible investor in our country and developing our country’s most precious resource, it’s people, but at the same time we are also passionate about motorsport. With the Driver Search programme we are able to combine both these objectives and reach our goals.”

The competition on the tarmac of the Zwartkops Raceway was fierce at times with the final four candidates finding the limits of their near-standard Volkswagen Polo's as well as the limits of the circuit. Times were very close but in the end it was the names of Talha Moosajee and Raais Asmal who topped the scoresheets. Moosajee hails from an off-road racing background while Asmal has done some karting, so it was a big step-up and steep learning curve to climb into a Polo and drive it around a racing circuit.

“I don’t know what to say. Words can’t really describe how I feel right now,” said a delighted Asmal after being awarded a place in the final two. Moosajee was equally pleased: “I now have a lot of work to do and will do everything I can to be ready for the 3-hour race.”

The two finalists will share a car, alongside 2016 Volkswagen Driver Search winner and Engen Volkswagen Cup regular Jonathan Mogotsi in the Port Elizabeth 3-Hour Endurance Race scheduled for 18 November. The overall winner will be announced at Zwartkops a week later at the last race meeting of the year.

“We wish them both the best of luck. They both impressed us over the last few days and both have come a long way in a short time, but now it gets serious. We are looking forward to finding out who the next Driver Search winner is going to be,” concluded Rowe.