The Stig hits Durban’s streets ahead of this year’s Top Gear Festival

Durban, South Africa, 14 May 2013

Top Gear’s mystery racing driver, The Stig, was caught checking out Durban’s roads and the Moses Mabhida Stadium, which will host the festival’s famed stadium show next month, as he tested the route for this year’s new look street circuit today.

The Stig pushed a BMW M6 and Birkin 7 to their limits in the grounds of the iconic stadium demonstrating his legendary driving skills to a select few including Olympic and Commonwealth Games champion Chad Le Clos, Durban’s very own sweet-talking DJ Fresh and stunning actress Hayley Owen.

DJ Fresh was one of the first in the passenger seat.  When asked what his experience had been like, he exclaimed:  ”That was incredible!” he went on to say, “ It was too short – but Flip – he knows what he’s doing – he is a professional there’s no doubt about that!  You feel safe – your safety is never in question.  He doesn’t talk or shake hands – all I got out of him was a nod (not sure how I will get that to translate on my radio show!)”.

Over 67,000 petrolheads watched The Stig set unprecedented times in several supercars including a Lamborghini Aventadour and McLaren MP4/12 last June.  This year The Stig will tackle the longer, more challenging course in some of the world’s fastest track cars as well as joining Top Gear Presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond for their live show.

Further street circuit highlights include two-time Formula 1 champion, Mika Hakkinen, the Franschhoek Motor Museum 90th Le Mans Tribute along with some very special “Grudge Matches” – sure to have spectators on the edge of their seats. Also, for the first time ever at Top Gear Festival, SA’s very own Geniel de Villiers will showcase his Red Bull Toyota Dakar rally car and with local favourites, F1 master Sasha Martinego and Rally Driver, Gugu Zulu hosting  proceedings down on the circuit it’s bound to be one of the highlights of the event.

The Stig and DJ Fresh

The Top Gear Festival will take place from June 15-16, 2013 at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Tickets are on sale now and range from the Basic Ticket at R250 to R2 100 for an Ultimate Package. For more information on ticket prices or to book, visit www.topgearfestival.co.za. For travelling Top Gear enthusiasts and guests, there is a full range of travel packages, from self-drive packages and luxury coach packages to flight packages, which include travel, and accommodation on a B&B basis in a Tsogo Sun 3 star or 4 star Hotel.

For more information on packages, visit

www.topgearfestival.co.za/tickets/travel-packages or www.edusport.co.za

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The Stig & Chad Le Clos

About Top Gear Live

Top Gear Live is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Brand Events UK.
The live events offer an exciting variation on more traditional motoring events.  Top Gear Festivals* include elements such as Motoring Theatre which incorporates the drama of film and theatre with the thrills and spills of stunts and special effects; Track Action including Stig power laps, head-to-head racing, supercars, drag racing & celebrity race challenges; Exhibition Areas – packed with supercars, classic motors and motoring memorabilia as well as other features.
Since 2008 Top Gear Live events have entertained over 1.5 million fans in 20 cities around the World and we are proud to be bringing this event to Durban, South Africa for the second time.
*Festival content varies by Country

About BBC Entertainment

BBC Entertainment (DStv Channel 120) showcases the very best drama, comedy and light entertainment from the BBC and leading UK production companies. BBC Entertainment airs the brand new series of Top Gear exclusively in South Africa. Top Gear is on the channel on Wednesdays at 20.00 CAT.

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BBC Worldwide was awarded with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in April 2009. This prestigious award for International Trade recognised the company’s substantial growth in overseas earnings and its commercial success at outstanding levels, based on 3 years’ trading results, which benefit the UK creative industries and ultimately the licence fee payer.

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