Southern Africa’s top drifting athletes descended on Carnival City for a high horse power, tyre-smoking weekend. Round 3 SupaDrift Series was one for the books.
Petrol heads were treated to world class competitive drifting as 35 professional drivers competed for the top spot and championship points. Drivers fired up their fully customized, high powered drift machines on Friday morning for official practice, and had till Saturday morning to perfect the SD03 track before having to put down qualification runs to make it to the top 16 and final tandem eliminations.
The lunchtime break saw something a little different with the addition of the Barrel Sprint. A time trial race around a custom course to introduce the concept of Gymkhana to the local drivers. The winner of the SD03 Barrel Sprint received the converted golden ticket to the international Gymkhana Grid event in November to complete against international drivers like Ken Block and Luke Woodham. This tickets went to Dez Gutzeit in the AWD class and Paolo Gouveia in the RWD class.
Jason Webb, in his new Monstang, was up to speed in no time and able to put down a run that the judges awarded the No1 position in qualifications. From the moment the elimination battles started it had all come together for Webb and his team as they powered their way through the rounds.
Webb met Jim Mc Farlane in the semifinals for what was the battle of the day. It was almost too close to call but the judges gave it to Webb for his impeccable line choice during the battle. Paolo Gouveia advanced through his semifinal to meet Webb in the final.
Gouveia put together some impressive runs but it wasn’t enough and Webb went on to take victory. An impressive win after missing the first two rounds of the series, and competing for the first time in his new drift machine.
SupaDrift Series 03 Results:
1st Jason Webb
2nd Paolo Gouveia
3rd Jim Mc Farlane
Photos by Grant Mclachlan.