The Dezzi Raceway in Port Shepstone is quickly becoming a favourite stop for South Africa’s first drifting championship – the Auto Trader SupaDrift Series. The new track is affectionately nicknamed ‘the rollercoaster’ due to the elevated blind initiation and downward dipping corners. Welcoming back the series for a second time this year on the 29th June for round 5 of the Supadrft Series, organisers have crafted a twist in format that will see the direction around the track reversed.
“Straight after initiation and the switch in ‘the bowl’, we’re going to have to get on the gas to climb up the hill. And just when you reach the top, you’re going to have to change up a gear to power through the long left hand corner. This promises to be a crowd pleaser, with lots of smoke! ” said Dezzi Racing’s Shane Gutzeit
A full turnout of drivers is expected at the event, luring over 40 drifters from around the country. The event will see a battle of the provinces, as 9 Gauteng drivers from those ranked in the top 20, take on 5 drifters from KZN. “Although the championship is based on individual point scores, there’s no doubt that a little provincial competitiveness is in there” said organizer Mikey Skelton.
The open pit lanes give visitors an all access pass to view SA’s top racing machines up close and personal. We’re talking about modified beauties such as the Nissan Sylvia S15, with a 2JZ motor belonging to Otto Graven; the RAM Mustang purpose-built drift car belonging to Clare Vale, the only female in the series; and the ever-popular BMW E30 with a Lexus V8 under the hood, belonging to Liqui Moly’s Jethro Swartz. “Many of these drivers modify and maintain the vehicles themselves. It’s a labour of love. Giving the public access to meet them and learn more about their cars is what makes this motor sport different and special” said series sponsor Angie Lynch from Auto Trader.
Following this event, there are just four more championship rounds left before the first South African champion is crowned.
Buy tickets at the entrance – R80 for adults, and R50 for children.
1st – Jason Webb, Gauteng (343 points)
2nd – Otto Graven, Northern Cape (294 points)
3rd – Shane Gutzeit, Kwa-Zulu Natal (272 points)
4th – Wade van Zummeren, Eastern Cape (262 points)
5th – Jim McFarlane, Gauteng (254 points)
6th – Mike Radloff, Eastern Cape (239 points)
7th – Paulo Gouveia, Kwa-Zulu Natal (234 points)
8th – Jacques Lemmer, Western Cape (225 points)
9th – Jonathan Rudman, Gauteng (219 points)
10th – Dorne Britz, Gauteng (214 points)