Tschops Sipuka, a legend of motorsport in SA!

By Maxwell Levine

Born and bred in Qumbu in the Transkei, the name Bashobonke “Tschops” Sipuka is of legendary status on South African racing circuits. Sipuka achieved legendary status in motorsport by competing in a diverse range of categories locally and globally, including Formula Volkswagen in Germany, a 25-hour endurance race at Spa Franchorchamps, saloon car racing in Malaysia and Super Truck racing in South Africa.

He started his racing career with Terry Moss in 1999. He had great success with the Gqeberha based team which is powered by Audi having won the Volkswagen Polo Cup titles back-to-back in 2002 and 2003.

In 2002 Tschops became the first black driver to win a South African championship in the Engen VW Cup. But Tschops didn’t let it go to his head. Tschops proved that 2002 championship was no fluke by winning the title again in 2003.

“I fell in love with motor racing growing up in the early 1980s, when it was the in-thing in Europe. In 1998 I got involved in it by chance when a relative, who worked at BP, met my idol Terry Moss who facilitated my internship at Volkswagen SA – where I did VW Motorsport, “said Sipuka.

Outside South Africa, Sipuka always wanted to do the best he could and that was noted by Madiba whom he met in Qunu.

He adds, “Growing up in the rural village of Qumbu, with no street lights, all I had to look out for when driving were young chicks, goats and pigs. My capital city was Mthatha. But I competed against the best in the world. So, I say, impossible is nothing!

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