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Renault roadshow wows Johannesburg 28 Jul 2008

2008 Johannesburg Roadshow. Johannesburg, South Africa. 26th - 27th July 2008. © Renault F1 2008 Johannesburg Roadshow. Johannesburg, South Africa. 26th - 27th July 2008. © Renault F1

Renault’s Nelson Piquet and third driver Lucas Di Grassi took to the streets of Johannesburg on Sunday for the South African leg of the French team’s roadshow programme. The event, which took place in the city’s Sandton district, attracted over 60,000 spectators.

Piquet and Di Grassi took turns at the wheel of a R27, thrilling the crowds with donuts and burnouts. The French team staged a similar demonstration in 2007 and the Brazilian was glad to have visited again.

"Last year I really enjoyed being part of this event, and this year we have had an equally warm welcome,” said Piquet. “It was a lot of fun to do this demonstration and I hope that the public also enjoyed it."

Di Grassi added: "The Roadshow programme is a unique experience that allows people to get close to Formula One. The public in Johannesburg have been amazing and we have had an incredible reception from everyone. I really hope that they enjoyed this demonstration because that was the objective of the day."