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Gymkhana GRiD 2018 – The Ultimate Driver Showdown

Carnival City in Johannesburg again played host to Gymkhana GRiD, and what featured was nothing short of incredible. Fans were treated to an exciting course with non-stop, flat-out, action-packed Gymkhana competition.

Highlights action from the Semi-Finals and Finals:

As the sun set the race intensity redlined, and the tyre smoke flew thicker and higher than ever before. The world’s best drivers went at it head-to-head with split-second tie-break finishes. ​When the smoke and dust eventually settled, two sets of podium finishers emerged, having burnt rubber, kicked their rivals to the kerb, and claimed their place in the Gymkhana GRiD hall of fame.

Daigo Saito winning the RWD class at Gymkhana GRiD 2018Daigo Saito

Daigo Saito, Japanese drift legend, took his thundering 1000bhp Corvette to the top step of the Rear-Wheel Drive podium. He consistently improved his lap times with each outing, defeating Rano Barnardt, Dmitriy Illyuk, Steve Baggsy Biagioni, and finally Jason Webb on route to victory.

Jason Webb claims 2nd place in the RWD class at Gymkhana GRiD 2018Jason Webb

The big shake-up in the RWD class came when the four-time GRiD champion, Luke Woodham, was knocked out of the running for the win after receiving a two second obstacle related penalty. The result promoted South Africa’s Jason Webb into 2nd place. Webb was on form all week long with ultra precise runs in his Monstang that saw him take the well deserved podium spot.

Luke Woodham finished in 3rd place in the RWD Class at Gymkhana GRiD 2018Luke Woodham
Steve Baggsy Biagioni competing at Gymkhana GRiD 2018Steve Baggsy Biagioni

Gymkhana GRiD RWD Results:

1st Daigo Saito
2nd Jason Webb
3rd Luke Woodham
4th Steve Biagioni

In trademark four-wheel sliding style the All-Wheel Drive class took to the course. Double FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson claimed a second consecutive GRiD title to wrap up a record breaking season. Facing teammate, Petter Solberg in the final, the duo were separated by mere tenths of a second.

Johan Kristoffersson takes victory in the AWD class at Gymkhana GRiD 2018Johan Kristoffersson
Petter Solberg finishing in 2nd place in the AWD class at Gymkhana GRiD 2018Petter Solberg

It was also a real Solberg family affair to complete the podium, with 17-year old Oliver Solberg claiming his slice of GRiD glory in 3rd place. The young gun, battled mechanical issues with epic resolve during his visit to South Africa, narrowly missing out on beating his father in the semi-finals to prove he is a future world champion in the making. Jonathan Buck battled back from an oil fire during open practice to take the best of the Pro-Am drivers by placing in 4th.

Oliver Solberg claims the 3rd step of the AWD podium at Gymkhana GRiD 2018Oliver Solberg
Jonathan Buck competing at Gymkhana GRiD 2018Jonathan Buck

Gymkhana GRiD AWD Results:

1st Johan Kristoffersson
2nd Petter Solberg
3rd Oliver Solberg
4th Jonathan Buck

A new element to this year’s event was the Smoke and Style competition. Head Hoonigan in charge, Ken Block, brought the noise in his 1400bhp Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2 and put on an epic show against Daigo Saito to take the win.

Ken Block winning the Smoke and Style competition at Gymkhana GRiD 2018Ken Block

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