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The 2016 Rio Olympic Games will be the Games that South Africans will never forget. Not only was it the most successful in our track and field history, but our athletes lit up the Games with performances that captured the hearts and minds of the world, making them global superstars. In what is certainly the fastest guest pairing we have ever had, Speed Stars is thrilled to bring you the race everyone has been dying to see: Akani Simbine versus Wayde van Niekierk.

It’s been an unbelievable year for the 22 year old Akani Simbine. Not only did he smash his own South African 100m record with a time of 9,89 seconds, he got to compete in his first Olympic Games, crowning it with a 5th in the most prestigious sprint race of them all – the Olympic 100m Final! Focused, determined yet humble, sprint ahead four years to Japan and Akani will be the man to beat for gold.

We have no doubt that when the IAAF announces their 2016 World Athlete of Year on the 2nd December, Wayde van Niekerk will be the name they call out! The Golden Boy of the Rio Olympics, Wayde not only smashed Michael Johnson’s 17 year old 400m world record from Lane 8 on his way to gold, he is the only man to ever complete the triple: run the 100m in under 10 seconds, the 200m in under 20 seconds and the 400m under 44 seconds!

With Usain Bolt coming to the end of his career, the 24 year old from Bloemfontein has taken over the baton as the biggest name in track and field.

So yes, they are the fastest guys around the athletics track BUT will they blitz the opposition on the Speed Stars racetrack? We are predicting a photo finish in this sprint for top honours – see them in action on Ignition DSTV 189 at the following times:

5th NOVEMBER @ 19:30

6TH NOVEMBER @ 07:30

7TH NOVEMBER @ 01:30

8TH NOVEMBER @ 09:30 & 21:30

9TH NOVEMBER @ 06:30 & 18:30

10TH NOVEMBER @ 13:30

11TH NOVEMBER @ 15:30

Speed Stars is also available on DSTV Catch Up.



It literally was a case on Yin and Yang when Jade and Roxy took to the track in their two-lap race. Pumped up, talkative Jade was certainly the aggressor in car, whereas Roxy brought the calming influence of her yoga to her driving approach. Two different styles but one winner and in the end, it was Jade’s determination to win and no fear attitude to driving that saw her victorious in their head to head battle.

When it came to their fastest lap times posted in the race, there was just one second separating the two. Roxy Louw calmly slotted herself into 13th position on our leaderboard, beating public contestant Adeeb Franciscus and MMA Champion Garreth ‘Soldierboy’ McLellan – something she was very pleased about!

Jade Hubner was hoping to make it into the Top 6 and a chance at getting a woman into the finals BUT she was someway off the pace, her time of 1:29.613 dropped her into 11th position, one second off our fastest woman to date, Bianca Buitendag.

With three guest pairings, still to come, the battle to make it into the Top 6 and through to the finals is certainly heating up! For a full breakdown of our leaderboard as it currently stands, head to our website:


Congratulations to Jaitin Boodhia who won the Advanced Driving Course with Opel in our weekly viewer competition. If ever you want someone to park your car, may I suggest Jade Hubner, Akani Simbine, Sarak Kozlowski or Richard Stirton. They annihilated the opposition, winning this week’s parking charity challenge four to zero. Getting a few zeros added to their bank balance was Ark Animal Centre, who won the R2500-00 up for grabs.

Don’t forget to enter this week’s Predict the Winner competition and you could win an Advanced Driving Course with Opel and Michelin. Head to and make you prediction: will it be Akani Simbine or Wayde van Niekerk winning this week’s match up.

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.

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!

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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