With competition heating up for the 2017 South African Cross Country Championship, high-performance global lubricants provider Puma Lubricants has come on board as joint title sponsor for the Ford Performance Puma Lubricants Rally Team.
Puma Lubricants parent company, Puma Energy, operates across 49 countries on five continents – 19 of which are in Africa – with its focus on high-performance and providing maximum quality.
“We are very excited to be sponsoring one of the top teams in one of the most competitive proving grounds in the world. This is the first time we are sponsoring a rally team in South Africa and we look forward to assisting the Neil Woolridge Motorsport team with enormous potential to achieve its goals in 2017. As a business expanding across Africa, this ties in nicely with our aim to deliver greater benefits for drivers as well as increased productivity for key growing industries including mining, agriculture, construction, light and heavy transport, and the B2B market in general,” says Richard Beckers, B2B & Lubricants Manager for Africa, Puma Energy.
Puma Energy relaunched its range of lubricants in 2014 with the vision to offer high quality and affordable lubricants to its customers across Africa as well as elsewhere in the world.
Prior to this sponsorship in South Africa the company has sponsored African racing teams in Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Tanzania.
After finishing second on the podium in the 2016 Donaldson SA Cross Country Championship and second of the seven-day Rally dos Sertões in Brazil, the team is targeting the title in 2017.
“We will be supporting them every step of the way in what will prove to be an extremely exciting season for fans, drivers and the industry alike,” says Richard.
With 5 races in South Africa as well as the three-day Desert Race in Jwaneng, Botswana, the 2017 racing calendar should prove to be exciting and challenging.
Races like the fiercely competitive Class T Production Vehicle championship will test men and machines, with endurance, skill and quality all on show and required to win.
“These are exactly the attributes we strive for and support as a company,” says Richard.
Puma Energy is a global integrated midstream and downstream oil company active in over 49 countries. Formed in 1997 in Central America, Puma Energy has since expanded its activities worldwide, achieving rapid growth, diversification and product line development. The company directly manages over 7 650 employees. Headquartered in Singapore, it has regional hubs in Johannesburg (South Africa), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Brisbane (Australia) and Tallinn (Estonia).
Puma Energy’s core activities in the midstream sector include the supply, storage and transportation of petroleum products. The company’s activities are underpinned by investment in infrastructure, which optimises supply chain systems, capturing value as both asset owner and marketer of product. Puma Energy’s downstream activities include the distribution, retail sales and wholesale of the full range of refined products, with additional product offerings in the lubricants, bitumen, LPG and marine bunkering sectors.
Puma Energy currently has a global network of over 2 500 retail service stations, and provides a robust platform for independent entrepreneurs to develop their businesses by providing a viable alternative to traditional market supply sources.
Puma Energy is present in 19 markets in Africa and is recognised as the fastest growing mid-stream and down-stream independent oil provider on the continent. Puma Energy currently has over 700 retail sites, serves 34 airports and has a capacity of over 1.2 million m3 of storage in the region.