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The next Top Gear Live show is in Durban, South Africa on the 16 and 17th of June 2012. Clarkson, May and Hammond will be joined by an array of stars and cars and well as the man they call “The Stig.”
Of special interest is the attendance of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team. One of the highlights of the weekend exhibition will be a race between the F1 “Silver Arrow” and a 1000cc Superbike around the street track. Negotiations have been underway with Yahama and Kawasaki to source the correct bike to give the rider a fighting chance in this unique race. Yamaha suggested the fully race prepped R1 that Colin Edwards rode last year but Kawasaki came up with the goods in the form of the ZX10R - the IBL Racing weapon of choice. So which rider would be up to the task? Organiser Clayton Francois contacted Calum Liptrot of Ionic Balance Linxcel Racing who manages rider Hudson Kennaugh to extend the invitation. Hudson has a unique tie to South Africa, being a previous South African Superbike Champion. Sadly due to visa issues Hudson would not be able to attend. After some discussion Calum persuaded Clayton to open up the invitation to other riders worldwide with IBL Racing covering the airfare.
“This is a truly unique opportunity for a top rider to take on this challenge and go down in the history books.” Clayton Francois
“I feel honoured to be a part of this exciting duel . Who will be driving the car? Well let’s just say the Stig isn’t visiting Durban for the sunshine!“ Calum Liptrot
The race won’t be a straight drag race but will be on a street circuit, adding to the danger and uncertainty. A world class rider is required ASAP as there are less than 9 days till the event. Interested parties can email [email protected] to apply.