This year’s Toyota 1000 Desert Race participants will be happy to hear they no longer have transport their own fuel as Puma energy takes the responsibility to take the fuel to them in Jwaneng. In the past the participants had go through the hardships of transporting their own fuel to the racing point. Puma Energy General Manager, Mahube Mpugwa, confirmed their continued support for the race. Puma Energy will provide the Toyota 1000km Desert Race with 30 000 litres of ULP 95 and 10 000 litres of diesel at subsidised prices.
“Puma will handle all the logistics, including to ensure that fuel is delivered to the racing teams,” said Mpugwa. He said the move was taken to improve the safety aspect of the race as competitors no longer have to transport their own fuel. The fuel supplied by Puma will be provided to all registered participants of the race being race cars, quad bikes and motor bikes. Mpugwa said they will be providing the fuel of high grade for the race cars. In addition to the sponsorship of the event, Mpugwa announced that they will also be sponsoring two racing cars one from class A and class B. The two teams received a P65 000 sponsorship in the form of fuel and technical support.
“We arrived at this decision as part of the Puma Group initiative,” he said. Speaking on the involvement with the Desert Race, Mpugwa said their partnership started way back in 2011. He said they see it as a journey into the future to help develop the tourism sector in the country. “Our hope to be associated with the race is for the success and continued growth of the Toyota 1000km Desert Race,” he said. Puma Energy has pleaded to continue supporting the race into the future. Desert Race is not the only event that the Puma Energy is involved with. It supports the Khawa Sand Dune challenge and the WesBank International Air Show among others. Mpugwa said they will support any activity that promotes tourism in Botswana.