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One of the biggest changes for our second season was giving public the opportunity to be a part of Speed Stars and show off their driving talent while mixing it up with the stars. We partnered with 4 indoor karting venues – Century Karting in the Western Cape, Epic Karting in KZN and Compu-Kart and Xtreme Indoor Karting in Gauteng – with them hosting our public entry day on the 3rd September.

We were not looking for people with competitive motorsport experience, but rather to give passionate motoring enthusiasts the experience of a lifetime. Not do they get to be on television but also stand a chance at winning Speed Stars and with it some incredible prizes. Like the trip overseas with Michelin to their Pilot Sport Experience, where our winner gets a taste of the life of a racing driver, piloting racecars around a F1 circuit. There is also that fantastic Fortis timepiece valued at R30 000-00.We selected the four fastest from each of the four venues and brought them to Zwartkops Kart Circuit where they will face off in a series of elimination rounds to determine the four who will be joining our stars on the show…this week’s episode is their journey from enthusiast to race ace.

Broadcast on Ignition DSTV 189, you can catch their show at the following times:

8th OCTOBER @ 19:30

9th OCTOBER @ 07:30

10th OCTOBER @ 01:30

11th OCTOBER @ 09:30 & 21:30

12th OCTOBER @ 06:30 & 18:30

13th OCTOBER @ 13:30

14th OCTOBER @ 15:30

Speed Stars is also available on DSTV Catch Up.


A key element of the Speed Stars experience is to make our stars and viewers better and safer drivers. The weekly safety lessons and the knowledge shared by our advanced driving instructors are geared up to educate all road users on vital car and driver information. But from a production perspective, safety during filming is our first priority, and even though all precautions are taken, accidents do happen!

Unfortunately, Bonnie Mbuli injured her leg during the filming of the karting charity challenge, when her and Maps Maponyane had a coming together on the kart circuit. As a result, she wasn’t able to join Leigh-Anne Williams on track to compete in their head to head race or post a lap time on our Speed Stars leaderboard.

But Bonnie was a true trooper, her injury not stopping her from joining us in studio as we revealed Leigh-Anne’s lap time.

So with the race essentially over before it even started, all Leigh Anne had to focus on was keeping it smooth and fast and posting the quickest time possible. Unfortunately, her time of 1:34.93 places her right at the bottom of the Speed Stars leaderboard and that’s not where she will want to come end of season!

Congratulations to Ashton Obery who wins an Advanced Driving Course with Opel for correctly backing Leigh-Anne Williams in our Predict the Winner competition.

Don’t forget to enter every week for a chance to win our Grand Prize at the end of the season – a trip overseas with Michelin & the winner of Speed Stars as VIP guests at their 2017 Pilot Sport Experience.

Both Leigh-Anne and Bonnie were winners for charity when they helped teammates Jonathan Boynton-Lee and Maps Maponyane to victory in the Charity Challenge. Their efforts resulted in Ark Animal Centre receiving R2500-00 from Michelin.


As a result of this week’s show focusing on our four public contenders, our viewer competition will be slightly different. Instead of predicting a winner, simply answer a Michelin related question and you could win an Advanced Driving course with Opel. At the end of the season, the winner of our grand prize in the Predict the Winner competition will be joining the winner of Speed Stars on an international driving experience with Michelin!

Traditionally held at a world famous Formula One circuit like Sepang in Malaysia, the Michelin Pilot Sport Experience will see our winners take to the track in a variety of racing cars for a taste of what it’s like to be a racing driver for a day!

You can enter on the Speed Stars website:

But your chances of winning don’t end there, as both Opel and Independent Media will be running their own Predict the Winner competition. So keep a look out for details on the Opel social media pages – opelsa – and in the motoring supplements of The Star, Pretoria News, Daily News, The Mercury and Cape Times.

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