Lewis Hamilton: A Career In Numbers

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With a full-throttle obsession for records; Formula 1’s quest for accolades is constant. The greatest, the fastest, the most successful. It completely fits then that the career of one of the greatest drivers the sport has ever seen is categorised almost entirely by record-breaking.

Lewis HamiltonSince bursting on the F1 scene in 2007, Lewis Hamilton has been continually cementing his place in Formula 1’s Hall of Fame. His debut season alone was unparalleled. Over just 17 Grand Prix, Lewis scored the most wins (4), the most pole positions (6) and the most points (109), of any driver in history during their rookie season of F1. Not forgetting that Lewis, also at the time, became the youngest driver to ever lead the world championship (aged 22 years and 126 days).

Lewis is currently the holder of 37 records. What’s more, Lewis has won at nearly every circuit he has ever raced an F1 car on – save for the Indian, Korean and European Grand Prix. This only because those events have been dropped from the championship calendar.

92 Grand Prix Wins

After taking the chequered flag at the 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix, Lewis is now the most successful driver in F1 in terms of Grand Prix victories. Racing legend Michael Schumacher had previously held the record with 91 wins. For 14 seasons, Lewis has treated fans to some truly remarkable performances. From his 2018 German Grand Prix dash from the back to beat Sebastian Vettel and his own Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, to his multiple victories at the Hungarian Grand Prix. This is also where he currently holds the record for the most wins at a single circuit (eight). 

“I owe these 92 wins to the team here and back at the factory for their tremendous work. They are continuously innovating and pushing the barrier, even higher every year. The reliability has been incredible thanks to the Mercedes team, PETRONAS and all our partners who are continuously pushing. That’s the most incredible thing to be surrounded by – it inspires you,” explained Lewis. 

“I could only ever have dreamed of being where I am today. What I can tell you is that I am trying to make the most of it every single day. My dad is here which is amazing, my step-mum Linda is here, Roscoe too. I feel very blessed. It’s going to take some time for it to sink in. I was still pushing flat out, coming across the line, and I am still in race mode mentally. I can’t find the words at the moment.”

Arguably one of his greatest single performances, however, came in only his second year in F1 – at the 2008 British Grand Prix. In absolutely torrential conditions Lewis won and lapped everyone up to and including Kimi Raikkonen in fourth. He finished one minute eight seconds ahead of second-placed Nick Heidfeld’s BMW Sauber.

Mercedes McLaren

161 Podium Places

 While it is the big wins fans remember, Lewis is slowly collecting an astounding number of podiums. In fact, as impressive as 92 wins is; finishing over half the races you’ve ever started is not something to be sniffed at either. To date, the 35-year-old racer has scored a massive 161 podium places from 262 Grand Prix.

 After a dominant victory at this year’s Spanish Grand Prix, Lewis managed to break another Michael Schumacher held record which had stood since 2012. Now Lewis is entirely out on his own at the top of the table. 

156 Front Row Starts

 Lewis has managed to start over half the Grand Prix of his Formula 1 career on the front row, with 97 of his 156 front row starts being in pole position. Qualifying is all about exploring the limits and getting as close to perfection as possible, something Lewis can clearly do as well as any driver in history. Team boss Toto Wolff described Lewis’ recent qualifying performance at Spa Francorchamps as “extra-terrestrial”.

 6 World Championships and counting…

 En-route to a seventh title, Lewis’ hunger to add to his F1 championship collection is stronger than ever. Impressively Lewis won his first F1 Drivers’ title in only his second season (2008), and then his next five titles in almost perfect succession between 2014-2019. The only exception being 2016, where he was narrowly beaten by his then Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.  

After his record-breaking finish at the Portuguese Grand Prix Lewis said: “I am 35-years-old and I still feel physically strong. Of course, you wonder when it is going to tip over and when you are going to start losing performance. Judging by today, it is not yet.

 “I knew we would win championships but did I think we would win as many as we have? No. Did I think we would win this many races? Of course not. I don’t believe in the saying the sky is the limit. It depends how much we want it, how much we want to continue to raise the bar. Going by our history together, we don’t sit back on our results. We keep working and elevating.”

Monster Combo Round One Voting Opens

Last year's winner Matt McGillivray enjoying his win at Asu in Indonesia  © Greg Ewing

Last year’s winner Matt McGillivray enjoying his win at Asu in Indonesia – © Greg Ewing

Round 1 – FIGHT!
Time to get out of the kitchen as things are heating up in Round one of the Monster Combo. With Public Voting opening today why not pay homage to a handful of the best rides so far in the competition. From today the judges, you included, will have their say as to who’s gonna take it away and be declared the first monthly winner on the 2020 campaign!

Round One Highlights

 

 

Monster Prizes

How To Enter:

To enter your videos, please send the raw video footage to comps@zigzag.co.za via WeTransfer.com

Entry Must Include

  • Name of the surfer
  • Name of the videographer
  • Date surfed
  • Location / Region

Rules:

  • Only video submissions will be accepted
  • Open to Southern African citizens of all ages inclusive of Mozambique & Namibia
  • Submissions must be surfed in 2020
  • Any footage submitted as an entry to the Monster Combo and which is subsequently uploaded to the surfer’s unique social media platform (Facebook or Instagram) must tag both @zigzagsurf & @monsterenergy as well as use the #monstercombo2020 tag.
  • Public votes will be open for the last 3 days of each month.

For all the details of the competition –  https://zigzag.co.za/monstercombo/

Compiled and distributed by Truth Collective  –  craig@truthcollective.co.za 

SA Canoeing Champs, St Francis

Hamish Lovemore and Esti Van Tonder both toppled the established giants of marathon paddling by winning the men’s and women’s’ titles at the SA Marathon Championships in St. Francis on Sunday.

The anchor event of the P.W. Harvey & Carey Olsen St. Francis Paddle Fest, the singles title deciders were contested in near perfect weather conditions on the canals and beach portages at St. Francis, in sharp contrast to the storms that disrupted first day’s events.
Lovemore, still an Under 23 paddler, was prominent in a four-way duel with eleven-time world champion Hank McGregor, rising Cape star Uli Hart and the evergreen Kenny Rice going into the final sprint finish.

McGregor gambled by opting for an extreme left hand line, hoping to find favourable currents in the canal, while Lovemore stayed right and fought a ding-dong sprint battle with fellow Under 23 paddler Hart, which he won by half a boat length.
McGregor had to settle for the small step on the podium, a rare occurrence in his illustrious career but heaped praise on his MacSquad training mate and doubles partner for winning the title.

“The smile on my face at the finish was pure relief because I was cramping so badly for the last half an hour,” said Lovemore.
“It was hotter than expected and I went through a lot of juice and the pace on the water was really hot with quite a big bunch for most of the race.

While he has won major races before, he was quick to point out that this was by far the biggest achievement of his paddling career.
“It feels so satisfying to finally feel like I have made a name for myself,” he said, before heaping praise on his coach Lee McGregor for the impact that his new personalised training programme has had.

In the women’s blue ribbon K1 race defending champion Bridgitte Hartley and perennial marathon favourite Jenna Ward were made to sweat by sprinter Esti van Tonder and the much-talked-about schoolgirl sensation Saskia Hockly as the race entered its critical stage.
Hockly, who looked to threaten the loftier reaches of the senior podium, despite her 16 years of age, opted to stop early and settle for the junior title instead of staying on the water for another half an hour to challenge for senior honours, largely driven by a desire to bank energy for her K2 challenge with Ward on Monday.

With Hartley off the front bunch, that left Ward and Van Tonder to challenge for line honours, and Van Tonder showed her 200 metre sprinting prowess by powering away to deny Ward the national title, with Hartley making up the balance of the podium.
Michaelhouse stars Sam Butcher and Matt Millward swept the boards in the junior boys race in a total domination of the Under 18 category.
Durban lifesaving iron-man Connor Botha won the first ever prone class event while Cameron Tripney headed the field of Stand-Up-Paddleboarders home.

On Monday the canals of St. Francis host the K2 races at the SA Marathon Championships on the second day of the P.W. Harvey & Carey Olsen St. Francis Paddle Fest.

SUMMARY OF RESULTS – SA MARATHON CHAMPS

MEN
SENIORS AND U23
\1 Hamish Lovemore 2:12:17.62 (U23)1
2 Ulvard Hart 2:12:19.09 (U23)2
3 Hank Mcgregor 2:12:20.85 1
4 Kenneth Rice 2:12:25.85 2
5 Nicholas Notten 2:17:37.55 3
6 Brandon Van Der Walt 2:17:43.16 4
7 Wayne Jacobs 2:17:43.61 5
8 Jasper Mocke 2:17:56.47 6
9 Mark Keeling 2:18:54.44 (U23)3
10 Tyron Maher 2:18:55.56 7

U18 and U16
1 Sam Butcher 1:59:06.39 (U18)1
2 Matthew Millward 2:00:58.43 (U18)2
3 Jeremy Maher 2:02:04.32 (U18)3
6 Matthew J Privett 2:02:42.18 (U16)1
10 Joshua Simpkins 2:04:42.98 (U16)2
11 Luke Jean Le Roux 2:08:50.34 (U16)3

U14 TotalTime Age
\1 Zak Jacobs 1:22:57.59 (U14)2
2 Theo Dreyer 1:26:31.28 (U14)3
3 Jereldo Platjies 1:27:41.11 (U14)4

MASTERS
1 Lee McGregor 1:58:53.41
2 Michael Stewart 2:00:55.34
3 Pieter Engelbrecht 2:00:56.82

SUB-GRAND MASTERS
1 Robert Hart 1:38:35.11
2 Brendon Thompson 1:38:35.59
3 Eugene Van Der Westhuizen 1:38:37.69

GRAND MASTERS
1 Pierre Van Der Merwe 1:42:05.44
2 Theo Smit 1:42:06.30
3 Lloyde Hanson 1:42:25.69

SUB-GREAT GRAND MASTERS
1 Rob Maclean 1:37:15.24
2 Rob Welsh 1:42:14.52
3 Garth Watters 1:44:49.91

GREAT GRAND MASTERS
1 Mike Staphorst 1:58:27.56
2 Frank Dabrowski 1:58:31.10
3 Mike Halliday 1:58:35.23

WOMEN
SENIORS AND U23
1 Esti Van Tonder 2:04:41.07
2 Jenna Ward 2:04:41.65
3 Bridgitte Hartley 2:07:28.17

U14
1 Holly Smith 1:28:38.90
2 Abby Raymer 1:31:08.26

U18 and U16
1 Saskia Hockly 1:40:24.89
2 Christy Shrimpton 1:45:38.97
3 Jade Wilson 1:45:39.95

SV/V/SM/M
1 Angie Austin 1:47:18.93
2 Kirstin Scott 1:50:47.13
3 Iwona Gancarz 1:54:41.52

SGM/GM
1 Lis Hart 1:27:01.40
2 Hilde Lapere 1:31:06.35
SUP and Prone

JUNIORS SUPs
1 Migael Terblanche 1:16:27.15
2 Chiara Vorster 2:02:59.00

SENIORS SUP
1 Cameron Tripney 1:43:50.43
2 Kimon Dos Santos 1:44:11.35
3 Gary Van Rooyen 1:50:59.97

PRONE
1 Connor Ed Botha 1:13:31.76
2 Jonny Lucas 1:16:51.27
3 Jadon Wessels 1:19:02.24
4 Kit Beaton 1:19:29.15
5 Paige Horne 1:40:41.16 F1
6 Carmel Billson 1:40:41.53 F2

REPORT CANOEING SOUTH AFRICA

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Entries Pouring In For The Monster Combo Online Surfing Contest

Cyle Myers in action at Supers

Cyle Myers in action at Supers © Phil Craig

Things are heating up, as the entries start pouring in for this year’s Monster Combo. A slew of Eastern Cape Entries is dominating, with some great rides from that side of the world.

Cape St Francis surfer Faye Zoetmulder has a great ride entered, with a combination of moves from Supertubes in JBay. She is joined by Dan Thornton, who also has a cracker submission from Supers. 

The other surfers entering rides from Supers – the best right-hander in South Africa – are Dale Staples from St Francis Bay, Dylan Lightfoot from JBay, along with Steve Sawyer and Cyle Myers, both from JBay. Myers ride, in particular, is a fast and powerful combo, also on his backhand. The rides are all of excellent quality. All fit the criteria of a combination of moves on a single wave. 

Further afield, Zoe Steyn and Royden Bryson from East London have also entered excellent rides into the contest, with Bryson’s wave an exceptional entry comprising two backhand barrels and a series of powerful backhand hooks for one of the best submissions in the event so far.

See the rest of the entries here – https://zigzag.co.za/monstercombo/september/

The event runs over 3 months, with 3 x monthly winners and the overall Champion crowned in December. 

Monster Prizes

How To Enter:

To enter your videos, please send the raw video footage to comps@zigzag.co.za via WeTransfer.com

Entry Must Include

  • Name of the surfer
  • Name of the videographer
  • Date surfed
  • Location / Region

Rules:

  • Only video submissions will be accepted
  • Open to Southern African citizens of all ages inclusive of Mozambique & Namibia
  • Submissions must be surfed in 2020
  • Any footage submitted as an entry to the Monster Combo and which is subsequently uploaded to the surfer’s unique social media platform (Facebook or Instagram) must tag both @zigzagsurf & @monsterenergy as well as use the #monstercombo2020 tag.
  • Public votes will be open for the last 3 days of each month.

For all the details of the competition –  https://zigzag.co.za/monstercombo/

Compiled and distributed by Truth Collective  –  craig@truthcollective.co.za 

MOTOCROSS: Goosen Steals The Show At Nationals

The South African National Motocross Championship exploded back into action with a double-header round 2 and 3 at Thunder Valley in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday and Sunday. It proved a thrilling weekend of spectacular, muddy racing with multiple winners and with David Goosen taking the double.

SA champion Maddy Malan started the weekend perfectly with a double open class Moto 1 victory on Saturday. He beat David Goosen and Cameron Durow in the first race. Malan then took heat 2 over Goosen and Tristan Purdon. 

motocross-Goosen

© Ruben Louw / www.motorsportsmedia.co.za

It was a different story on Sunday however, as Monster Energy rider Goosen took his chance to do the double as Purdon and Malan shared out the lower podium steps.

Goosen took race 2 from Smith, Fitz-Gerald and Purdon. Goosen then went five wins up for the weekend across Moto 1 and Moto 2 when he beat Smith and Tristan Purdon in Moto 2 race 2. All in, it was a good weekend for The Goose.

“Saturday was warm, and the track was nice and grippy,” said Goosen of the weekend’s conditions. “Then it drizzled overnight, and all day Sunday and all we had was mud. It was a tough day, but the conditions actually suited me. I got into a rhythm early and just kept it going.”

Goosen hasn’t been able to compete on a national level for six months, with the weekend’s event being his first race since lockdown. “It was quite hectic on the nerves, to be honest,” said Goosen. “It was a great weekend away, though. There was a good vibe, and there was so much positive energy, and it was great spending time with the team.”

Being locked down in the suburbs in Cape Town, Goosen never rode his bike for a full two months. “I kept fit on a spinning bike, and when the track opened, we put the hammer down, recalled Goosen. “We had about two months of training before this race, so it was all weekend every weekend at the track for the entire two months.” The hard work paid off for Goosen, as the weekend’s results proved. 

For full results: https://www.motorsportmedia.co.za/

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The Monster Combo 2.0 Is Live and Entries Are Open 

The Monster Combo is an online campaign celebrating progressive, high-performance surfing. We’re looking for rides that link up a succession of moves in quality surf.

Matt MacGillivray

Matt McGillivray enjoying his 2019 Monster Combo win © Ewing

It has been a winter for the record books in sunny South Africa, and we know you’re all sitting on dynamite clips. Time to cash in!

For the first time in 2020, the Monster Combo introduces the Local Heroes division to celebrate and reward high-quality progressive surfing from the average Joe’s and Josephine’s in the general public. 

Each month along with the best entry, we’ll be hooking up these local legends with a brand new Billabong wetsuit, a custom-built Channel Islands surfboard and a case of Monster Energy. So if you’re sitting on a clip, send it in and win!

Entries must show a single ride with variation, with at least two completed manoeuvres to qualify. Wave size, length of ride, flow between manoeuvres and technical difficulty will all be assessed by the judges. Each month, our judging panel will choose a monthly winner and a local hero. The winning monthly entries will be considered for the grand prize.

The prizes are off the charts. R20k in cash for the winner plus a free spot on an international Zigzag and Monster editorial surf trip, Channel Islands surfboards, Pollywog hampers, cold hard cash, plenty cases of Monster Energy and even more prizes still to be announced!

Monster  Combo Proze Menu

The event runs over 3 months, with 3 x monthly winners and the overall Champion crowned in December. 

How To Enter:

To enter your videos, please send the raw video footage to comps@zigzag.co.za via WeTransfer.com

Entry Must Include

  • Name of the surfer
  • Name of the videographer
  • Date surfed
  • Location / Region

Rules:

  • Only video submissions will be accepted
  • Open to Southern African citizens of all ages inclusive of Mozambique & Namibia
  • Submissions must be surfed in 2020
  • Any footage submitted as an entry to the Monster Combo and which is subsequently uploaded to the surfer’s personal social media platform (Facebook or Instagram) must tag both @zigzagsurf & @monsterenergy as well as use the #monstercombo2020 tag.
  • Public votes will be open for the last 3 days of each month.

For all the details of the competition –  https://zigzag.co.za/monstercombo/

Distributed by  –  Truth Collective – craig@truthcollective.co.za