Famous Racecar Drivers from South Africa

List of notable or famous racecar drivers from South Africa, with bios and photos, including the top racecar drivers born in South Africa and even some popular racecar drivers who immigrated to South Africa. If you're trying to find out the names of famous South African racecar drivers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These racecar drivers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known racecar driver from South Africa is included when available.

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This historic racecar drivers from South Africa list can help answer the questions "Who are some South African racecar drivers of note?" and "Who are the most famous racecar drivers from South Africa?" These prominent racecar drivers of South Africa may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected South African racecar drivers.

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  • Adrian Zaugg (born 4 November 1986 in Singapore) is a South African race car driver.
    • Age: 36
    • Birthplace: Singapore
  • Alan van der Merwe (born 31 January 1980 in Johannesburg) is a South African race car driver. He is the current driver of the F1 Medical Car.
    • Age: 43
    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Basil van Rooyen (born 19 April 1939 in Johannesburg) is a former racing driver from South Africa. He participated in two Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 1 January 1968. He retired from both, scoring no championship points. Van Rooyen later raced in saloons, notably participating in the 1977 Bathurst 1000, and Formula Atlantic. He currently resides in St Ives, Sydney.
    • Age: 84
    • Birthplace: Krugersdorp, South Africa
  • Ambraüsus "Brausch" Niemann (born 7 January 1939 in Durban) is a former racing driver from South Africa. He participated in 2 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix in 1963 and 1965, both in his home country, driving a privately entered Lotus. He managed to qualify for the first of these, finishing 14th and scoring no championship points. After success in Formula Junior in the mid-1960s, Niemann switched to enduro motor cycle racing, winning the South African championship in 1979.
    • Age: 84
    • Birthplace: Durban, South Africa
  • Bruce Johnstone (born William Bruce Gordon Johnstone on 30 January 1937 in Durban) is a former racing driver from South Africa. He participated in one Formula One World Championship Grand Prix, on 29 December 1962. He scored no championship points.
    • Age: 86
    • Birthplace: Durban, South Africa
  • Chris Aberdein

    Chris Aberdein (born 23 January 1963) is a South African racing driver who competed in the South African Touring Car Championship for Audi in the late 1990s, finishing runner-up in 1996 to teammate Terry Moss, and picking up 7 wins and 12 podiums on the way. Over the course of his career in the sport, Aberdein won almost 10% of races that he entered.Aberdein's son Jonathan is also a racing driver, who currently competes in the DTM.
    • Age: 60