YATO motor race activity increases. In 2010 YATO participated in GP South Africa Shelby Can-Am class Race.
Technical specification of the cars taking part in the race are: 3.5 litre engins, power of 225 kW, 6 cilinders V engine configuration and 24 valves; bolides weight is 850 kg.
Tournament takes place on the track representative for 2nd and 3rd formula races where avarage speed at one cuircuit length reaches 170 km/h! Round is about 2,5 – 5km long with different level of difficulty depended on an ammount of turns.
YATO racing team of Guy Botterill (start no 59) came second in general classification!
Ranking of the first 20 competitors can be found in table below:
|21||ED||Van Niekerk, F||15||29|
|28||ED||Van Wyk, H||17||24|
Guy Boterill is a contestant of Yato Tools/Bigfoot Express Racing Team that is very popular and cheer interest of the motor sport lovers in South Africa.
Botterill fights on
One hears great tales of grit and determination in almost every sport, but there’s not much that matches the dogged determination shown by Guy Botterill at the latest round of the Shelby Can-Am championship.
Driving the Yato Tools backed car, the young Hillcrest driver is one of the favourites for this year’s title and went into the latest round with a good chance of taking the championship lead. However, motorsport is a harsh world and it was not to be.
Round five of the championship took place at Zwartkops just outside Pretoria and qualifying resulted in Botterill starting from fourth on the grid.
The opening race was a typically close fought affair which was run at near record breaking pace. After a race long battle with Brian Algar, Botterill was fourth. “Not quite what I wanted, but I also didn’t want to take risks and we were well matched so passing was never going to be easy.”
Race two starts with the reversed grid positions, the fastest drivers from race one are placed at the back of the field and there was drama from the opening lap when Bertil Hoffman found himself in trouble at the top of the hill. Two laps later Botterill found himself squeezed off by an over ambitious Rui Campos as they braked for turn five. In an instant five cars were off the track with Campos retiring on the spot, but Botterill was able to rejoin the fray, although from last position. Three laps later the race was interrupted by the safety car again after Alan Eve crashed heavily.
Starting from last Guy carved through the field to finish in third position because of the two part race, Botterill was only classified seventh but that wasn’t the end of the drama. He’d hurt his wrist during the incident with Campos and driven the remainder of the race in a great deal of pain. Once back in Hillcrest he sought medical opinion and x-rays revealed a broken wrist. “It was painful, but my mind was on driving and I now know adrenalin is a great painkiller. “I’m only four points off the championship lead, but I’ll be fit for the next race at Kyalami,I finished second overall for the day which is not to bad considering all the razz ma tazz .” added Botterill.
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Round 8 – Phakisa, Welkom – 09 October
Shelby Can-Am, South Africa’s only sports car championship heads to Welkom’s former MotoGP venue, Phakisa Freeway for the penultimate round of what has so far been a fascinating championship.
The sweeping corners and short, yet quick straights of Phakisa make for interesting racing. Finding the right set-up can be tricky as one needs grip for the slowish corners that lead onto the straights but that can easily become a disadvantage in the fast sections,” said championship contender Darryn Lobb.
Although the season is almost done, there are only three points separating the top four drivers.
Driving the Thuthuka Welding/Etana entry, Brian Algar scored his first win in the series at the last round and moved to the top of the points table. Former champion, the fiery Rui Campos (Hugo Boss) is one point adrift, but one point clear of reigning champion Darryn Lobb who missed the last round due to budget constraints. Kwa-Zulu/Natal racer Guy Botterill (Yato Tools) is the other driver in the hunt and he is only one point behind Lobb.
With 20 points available for a win and four races remaining (2@Phakisa & 2@Kyalami) one mistake from any of the quartet will effectively put them out of contention.
However, the other danger man is the wily old veteran Alan Eve (Sunshine Testing/Phakisa) who is only nine points behind Algar and six adrift of Botterill. It isn’t impossible to make up nine points in four races.
Completing the top six is Cape Town based Dutch racer Bertil Hoffman (GP Energy Drink) who is 20-points behind Eve.
Thomas Reib (Jägermeister) scored a popular victory the last time Shelby Can-Am went to Phakisa and he’s determined to end the season in the top six after Lady Luck stood him up a few times this year. He could play a role in the outcome of the championship as he’ll be mixing it with the leading battle.
Durban’s Andrew Strike (Strike 1) has had some good outings where he could have been on the podium and the same applies to Hanno Pengilly (Azura Retreats) who has missed a few races because of overseas business commitments. A mid-season knee operation put Sean Greve out of the championship hunt but he’s another driver overdue for a win if the dice roll in his favour.
Greg Walker (Indy Oil) from Cape Town is one point behind while fellow Capetonian Doug Mac Donald (Fantastic Racing) would love to end the season in the top ten even though he missed a round.
George Ferreira (GF Plastics) has had an impressive return after a long layoff from the sport and took an unexpected win at Zwartkops. He joined the series late in the season but is as hungry as ever.
Cars competing in the Shelby Can-Am championship are all identical specification, even down to the16-inch Goodyear racing slicks. Power comes from Nissan’s reliable 3.5 litre double overhead cam V6 engine which has been tuned to develop a reliable 225 kW (300hp).
Ends Issued on behalf of Shelby Can-Am by Steve Wicks/SA Racer
Report from the Yato Tools racing team for the 2010 Shelby can-am Championship
The 2010 championship comprised of nine rounds each with two heats totalling eighteen races at various race tracks around South Africa all races were televised and extensive international television coverage was enjoyed my our main sponsor Yato Tools.
The championship was contested over a ten month period at the following centres giving live national exposure to our branding effort.
February. East London grand prix circuit, East London.
March. Zwartkops International raceway, Pretoria.
April. Killarney grand prix circuit, Cape Town.
May. Phakisa speedway, Welkom.
June. Zwartkops International raceway, Pretoria.
August. Kyalami grand prix circuit, Midrand
September. Zwartkops International raceway, Pretoria.
October. Phakisa speedway, Welkom.
November. Kyalami grand prix circuit, Midrand.
The Yato Tools car driven by Guy Botterill was placed second overall for the 2010 Shelby can-am championship just six points behind the winner.
Highlights of the season
Two pole positions.
Two new lap records set.
Five second places
The Yato Tools brand was prominently displayed on the Shelby race car, team clothing, driver’s race suit as well as flags and banners. The brand was also carried by two Porsche GT3 racing cars for most of the season and our Formula GTI race car that was used for static displays and shows.
The racing team represented Yato Tools by going on display at the following venues. These activities are seen as value adding and definitely lead to sales.
a. The classic motor cycle show in Durban.(won the award for the best commercial stand) (Durban)
b. The Beumont and Eston farmers trade show. (Eston show grounds)
c. The truck and bus expo Pinetown (Shongweni ) )
d. The Gauteng car show at Midrand (Zwartkops)
e. The Alfie Cox dual sport festival. (Mooi River)
The brand was exposed to the public and most show goers had never seen it before, as well as taking orders from the public tools were sold on show. The brand was well received and sells well. The Racing cars on display with the tools do attract potential consumers to the stand. Three Aluminium show cabinets and a trailer were constructed solely for the purpose of displaying Yato Tools on shows.
The Nissan Pan-tech lorry was branded with an enlarged printed picture of the racing car so as to attract attention to the brand every day. It is also used for branding purposes as well as transporting and storing product when we are on show.
Numerous photos of the Yato Tools Shelby race car and articles about Guy Botterill have been posted on web sites, online magazines as well as in news papers and printed magazines. ( google Guy Botterill and Yato Tools) These are too numerous to count and hard to value however they do carry a value as this type of article written by a third party carries more credibility than an advert paid for by the distributor.
All footage of the 2010 race season was recorded and the actual amount of television exposure that Yato Tools received was measured in seconds. In 2010 Yato Tools received 5169 Seconds of television exposure valued at a rate of R250 per second. The coverage was high quality and the Yato logo is very prominent on the beautifully painted red and white car.
Yielding a total ad rate value of R 1.29 million
The television coverage was flighted in most SADEC countries and was watched by millions of viewers.
Guy also competed in two rally races in Gauteng; the car that we hired was also branded Yato Tools. He finished second in both events, a promising start to his new discipline.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank L &G tools for the valued support that Guy has received over the years.
Guy and Dave