TOYOTA GAZOO Racing
SA adds a second car and driver to its GTC campaign
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA adds a second car and driver to its GTC campaign
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA recently added a second driver and car to its Global Touring Car squad.
The driver is the hugely talented and experienced track racer, Mandla Mdakane, who has a lengthy racing resume and pedigree.
Mandla is the son of well-known Hamilton Mdakane, in whose footsteps he follows. The younger Mdakane has been racing since he was four years old, when he started driving carts competitively. He has worked his way up from there, racing on the local circuit before making the move to Asia in order to race in the 2013 AsiaCup Series. This was followed by a stint in the Formula Masters China Series, during which Mdakane had the opportunity to race on world-renowned circuits such as Sepang and Shangai.
Mdakane joined the local GTC championship, and raced with the Altron/Nexus team during 2019. Competing in the extremely competitive GTC2 class, he finished fifth in the championship, before being called up to the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA GTC squad to race alongside Michael Van Rooyen, who finished in second place in the 2019 GTC championship.
Van Rooyen and Mdakane will be driving the GTC Toyota Corolla, sporting the sleek new bodywork of the recently-minted Corolla Sedan.
With Mdakane joining the fray in the top flight of South African track racing, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA is looking forward to an exciting season, despite the delayed start due to the COVID-19 pandemic.