On the 8th of July 2017, Team Africa Le Mans set the ambitious target of competing in two endurance races on back-to-back weekends in Italy. The first weekend saw them compete in a 12-hour event at the Imola Formula One track, infamously the site of Ayrton Senna’s fatal crash 23 years ago. The second weekend they made history by being the first African motor-racing team to enter the Creventic 24-hour endurance race in Misano, Italy.
Speaking from his South African base, the team’s founder Greg Mills, said: “Motorsport is seen to be largely out of reach for ordinary person, particularly Africans, but we want to change that perception and show that with application and determination anything is possible. But we are also using the Team’s profile and race publicity to highlight a critical cause among a wide audience,” says Mills, “in the cost of poaching in Africa.”