Dezzi South Coast Raceway played host to the fifth round of the Supadrift National series this past weekend.
A bumper field of 35 cars had entered to take on the dreaded corkscrew, running the northern hillside loop of the now famed raceway.
The weekend kicked off with some bad luck for young Niketan Saminathan who, unfortunately crashed his Nissan 200SX into the concrete boundary wall during practice on Friday, He worked tirelessly through the night to get it up and running again and made it to the start line before qualifying started.
The KZN drivers had a full entry roster with all the regional drivers entering while Cape Town sent us Faheem Salie who always puts on a spectacular show.
Many fans were glad to see Nick Frey back out on track but it was merely a ruse as the E36 BMW was now in the hands of rookie driver Stuart Gregory. A noteworthy mention goes out to Adam “Mr. Miyagi” Shefer who made a rather triumphant return to the series after a two year absence. Another notable sight was Achilles Tyres debuting the new transport truck that will now carry SupaDrift racecars around the country to various events.
Saturday saw a four-hour official practice and then it was straight into qualifying. The drivers pushed hard to post their scores and, on more than one occasion, pushing a little too hard causing errors that saw a plethora of zero scores. After the superpole run qualifying session was over, we were left with 28 qualifiers and it was decided to run a silver cup and a Top 16.
- Shane Gutzeit
- Jim McFarlane
- Paolo Gouveia Jnr.
- George Myburgh
- Zein Hussein
- Dez Gutzeit
- Mikey Skelton
- Sean February
- Gavin Puren
- Mathys Naude
- Brendan Puren
- JP van der Spuy
- Joey Govender
- Zanil Satar
- Jean Mare
- Adam Shefer
The silver cup was hotly contested with a standout performance from Eric van Eyssen who progressed all the way into the Final with Morne Venter when his luck ran out and a clipped cone saw him hand the win to Venter.
Top 16 was no different as the drivers picked up the pace and the aggression levels and it was going to be the rear clip in the bowl that decided many a tandem battle.
Dezzi Racing’s Des Gutzeit was on fire and blazed his way into the Top 8s where he met Paolo Gouveia. Des has really impressed these last few events and brought the fight to Gouveia resulting in an OMT, but it would be a speed inconsistency that would cost him the tandem and would see Gouveia advance to the semi’s.
Zein Hussein’s tightly wound Skyline destroyed its own gearbox, promoting George Myburgh through to the semis, while Jim McFarlane would beat out a struggling Mathys Naude to join Shane Gutzeit in the semi final pairings.
George Myburgh drew the harsher of the battles facing off against Shane Gutzeit and a momentary lapse saw him error spectacularly and hand the win to Gutzeit. Jim McFarlane on the other hand would OMT against Paolo Gouveia and it would be the rear clipping cone that sealed Gouveia’s fate, promoting McFarlane into the final.
The drivers pushed hard as the last of the daylight slipped behind the rolling hills of Port Shepstone, in a final battle that went to an OMT it would be McFarlane who would take top honours as the rear-clipping cone claimed its last casualty of the day.
1st. Jim McFarlane
2nd. Shane Gutzeit
3rd. Paolo Gouveia Jnr.
Driver of the Day – Adam Shefer
Supadrift thanks the series sponsors Achilles Tyres, Turn 1 Wheels, Redbull, GoPro, Chevrolet, F1-X Exhausts, Speed and Sound, Lyoness and Hill Billion Hotel
If you missed the live event you can catch up on what happened by watching the live feed from the event at http://www.supadrift.co.za/watch-live.html
Images Courtesy of Darren “Supafly” Townsley