Local revs up her dream

COVERED:Paul Deppe, MD, FUCHS Lubricants South Africa with Savannah Woodward at FUCHS offices wishing her well in Italy.

ANOTHER opportunity beckons for Monroe Racing South Africa’s star Savannah Woodward to shine on the international stage.

During September 2017, the seventeen-year-old superbike rider from Benoni will travel to Italy in acceptance of an invitation extended by Fuchs Lubricants Italy, a sister company of the team’s sponsor, Fuchs Lubricants South Africa.

Woodward departed for Italy on September 5 to represent Fuchs Lubricants Italy in a film insert as well as a branding image production. Apart from this she will also partake in a private test session at the Autodrome Internazionale del Mugello in Tuscany.

This will not be Woodward’s first international outing since joining the team. During 2016 she participated in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup trials held in Spain. The Benoni scholar joined the team during 2015 after a successful grassroots career in off-road endurance racing, and the Honda NSF100 Cup.

Need for speed

Her passion for the sport started when she was five years old and she has gradually been climbing the ladder to the top since. The goal she is constantly working towards is to represent her country in either the MotoGP or the FIM World Superbike Championship.

For Woodward this is a dream come true. “After the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup trials, I’ve been working hard towards another opportunity abroad and I truly value this chance I’ve been granted.

“There is definitely pressure on me to both perform well and represent the sponsors in the best way possible, but I can honestly say that this is something that the Monroe Racing South Africa team prepares you for. It is a privilege to be part of such a professional team where you learn to fully grasp opportunities that come your way.”

Team Manager Vic Rich will also be joining Woodward. “It is a pleasure for us to represent our sponsors on the global stage and we’ll show our gratitude by living up to the expectations of Fuchs Lubricants Italy. I’m happy for Savannah because she’s been working hard towards this and it’s been a pleasure to facilitate her growth as both a rider and brand ambassador. We’re always aiming to provide our sponsors with the maximum amount of exposure and our strategy involves a broader reach than merely those who follow motor sport locally.”

While a large portion of Woodward’s trip to Italy is being privately funded, she thanked her sponsors. “I would like to thank FUCHS Lubricants South Africa, FUCHS Lubricants Italy, Monroe South Africa, Adrenalin Driving Academy and RMCON2 for their assistance; I also did not forget all the effort from my manager, Vic Rich. This opportunity would not be possible without Fuchs Lubricants Italy. I’m humbly honoured by the confidence that you’ve shown in me.”

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Annette van Schalkwyk
Sports journalist

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