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Once a year, streets all over the world from Monte-Carlo to Macau transform into professional racing circuits to play host to some the greatest drivers and cars in the world. Parking lots are turned into paddocks, parks are re-modelled with grandstands, and intersections on the road become high-speed overtaking points in battles for world championships and thats exactly the spirit weve tried to capture at this years brand new and enhanced Top Gear Festival Durban Street Circuit lay-out.

The Top Gear Festival - powered by Shell V-Power in the warmest place to be is expected to attract tens of thousands of petrol-heads keen to see the most anticipated line-up of motoring entertainment in Durban. Youve seen the highest class of international open-wheeled auto racing on TV. Now prepare to smell the rubber first hand as come June 15-16, 2013, the Moses Mabhida Stadium and Top Gear Festival Street Circuit will be transformed into a Top Gear fans nirvana. This year Street Circuit drivers from Motor Sport SA (MSA) and the Franschhoek Motor Museum (FMM) will need to put their skills to the test as they race around the newly-updated track layout.

The enhanced 2.8km Street Circuit show will be presented by popular and respected Sasha Martinengo and Gugu O Zulu. Visitors can expect two days of sensational driving, as the Street Circuit features a number of daring events and skills to match. 1) THE STIG The king of the track, The Stig, will lay down the law as he screeches through the Street Circuit in the countrys fastest, most enhanced track-day vehicles, setting the fastest times throughout the show. 2) HOT HATCH GRUDGE MATCH Get behind your favourite hot hatch back cars, driven by international pro race drivers, as they go head to head to lap each other in five races, in an attempt to set the fastest lap. 3) RALLY CARS GRUDGE MATCH For the first time catch the Red Bull Toyota Dakar car, driven by South African Giniel de Villiers, who will take on a special individual rally stage in a point to point timed event. Vehicles and drivers will face handbrake turns as they display masterful manoeuvring at the new hairpin and chicane in the course. 4) RUGBY HOT RODS GRUDGE MATCH A gem to be seen, this year eight Hot Rods, courtesy of the National Hot Rods Series based in Richards Bay, will race five laps in the name of South Africas eight Super Rugby teams. They will try to outdo each other as they race to predict who will win this years Super Rugby Challenge. 5) TANDEM DRIFTING GRUDGE MATCH Also taking to the new course and streets for the first time, watch the countrys top drifters go head to head drifting, as they lead the crowds in their favour while taking turn to be the lead car and the chasing car. Other highlights will also include world famous presenters; guest drivers including two-time Formula One World Champion Mika Hkkinen, who will later be interviewed live on stage in the Ultimate Village along with a number of legends and celebrities all in action. The show will round off with the Franschhoek Motor Museums impressive display, as they celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Le Mans 24 Hours by showcasing an impressive procession of 14 iconic race cars spanning from the 1930s to present day.

The Festival, which takes place on a long weekend in Durban, promises to be full of the Top Gear trademark special effects, smashes and customised cars. Also debuting will be an all-new Top Gear Live Stadium Show featuring Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson; James May; Richard Hammond and The Stig. With over7000sqm of exhibition space in the Motoring Pavilion, visitors are encouraged to book early so as not to miss the most awaited event on this years entertainment and motoring calendar. A variety of unique packages have been carefully designed to suit every fans needs. Premium packages, include, the Ultimate Package to the Ultimate Village and the DStv Supreme tickets, offering guests exclusive access into the designated areas and a thrilling view of the Street Circuit. For more information on these packages and other ticket packages or to book, visit 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 or *Check out Top Gear Festival SA on Facebook (; Twitter(@topgearfestsa) and our website - ends ___________________________________________________________________________ For further information please contact: Publicity Top Gear Festival Studio54 PR PrinellaPillay on or 071 673 6552 OR Gail Samuels on or 082 614 6063

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 1.75 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. About BBC Worldwide BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBCs assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has six core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, BBC Magazines, Home Entertainment and Global Brands. In 2009/10, BBC Worldwide generated profits of 145 million (operating profit before specific items) on sales of 1074 million (including Group revenue and the Groups share of joint-ventures revenue). BBC Worldwide was awarded with the Queens Award for Enterprise in April 2009. This prestigious award for International Trade recognised the companys 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. For more information please visit About Shell V-Power Shell V Power is designed to improve performance in any car that you drive. Its unique double action formulation is designed to actively clean your engine and protect vital engine parts to help deliver a more powerful performance. Shell V-Power is formulated to deliver improved performance through advanced technology.

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