27 June 2012 by Roy Barford

ASA Free State 500 returns to Phakisa Freeway

Stock-car racing returns to South Africa this year, and motorsport fans need to start making plans to visit Free State province towards the end of November.

A screenshot from an American Speed Association video of the 2010 ASA Free State 500 at Phakisa Freeway

The American Speed Association (ASA) will be staging the second ASA Free State 500 at Phakisa Freeway in Welkom on November 25. The Free State government has said that about 20 000 spectators are expected to attend the event, so if you wish to be among that number, keep an eye out for ticket information.


										Another still shot from an ASA video of the 2010 ASA Free State 500 in welkom

Some of the more talented drivers to come out of South Africa in recent years include Gugu Zulu, Johan Spies, Adrian Zaugg and Stephen Simpson.

In January 2010, British driver John Mickel won the inaugural ASA Transcontinental Series Free State 500, in which 24 drivers battled it out in front of an enthusiastic crowd. An estimated 110-million people in 72 countries watched that race on television, giving an idea of its popularity.

The drivers appeared to really enjoy themselves in South Africa, as well as on the Phakisa Freeway circuit. According to the ASA website, 3rd-placed finisher Marc Davis said after the race: 'We were good all weekend, and although we didn’t get the win we wanted so badly ... we are very pleased to have been a part of this historic race and have thoroughly enjoyed our 1st visit to South Africa.'

The drivers for this year's ASA Free State 500 will be announced at a later date, but will likely again include an assortment of top South African and international drivers.

Some of the more talented drivers to come out of South Africa in recent years include Gugu Zulu, Johan Spies, Adrian Zaugg and Stephen Simpson.

Welkom is a 3.5-hour drive from Johannesburg and 2.5 hours from Bloemfontein. View a Google map of the town and roads that lead to it.

Keep an eye on the ASA website for further details about competitors and tickets. You can also visit the Motorsport South Africa website for more information about upcoming events.

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