We Capetonian’s haven’t
seen a Supa Drift event in a while with the last one being more
than two years ago at Grand West Casino. So when the news came
of SD coming back to Cape Town, we were naturally excited as hell.
But why all the excitement? Well, Supa Drift is a national series,
which means if there’s a round happening in my home town,
there’s going to be pretty much all of the local drifters
plus a whole contingent of guys from upcountry and even the Mozzi
boys. More cars, more variety, more talent, more action!
It was set to happen at Killarney International Raceway this time
which is a first for SD and Killarney alike. Yes there’s
been plenty other drift events there, but this was the first “national”
and obviously it was going to take place on the oval.
Which admittedly has become a bit boring now in terms of course
layout, but there’s only so much you can do with it. Unless
you lay some new tar down and make a figure of eight layout…
hint, hint WPMC.
The positive thing about the oval is that it makes for a rather
high speed course. Running in reverse and starting all the way
back from turn 3, driver’s drag race and initiate at the
kink sliding all the way into turn two making their way around
One of the highest entry speeds ever in SD was reached by local
drifter Jacques Lemmer in his V8 powered BMW E36 of 150km/h. Can
you just imagine flicking the wheel and yanking the e-brake at
that speed?! Insane!
Going into this the weather was looking rather touch and go. We
were having rain for the past few weeks but thankfully it turned
out to be an awesome day unlike the last SD and Drift City where
I almost melted to death.
With almost 40 cars set to participate it was shaping up to be
one cracker of an event. But due to a few unfortunate mishaps
and issues, the final number was closer to 30 cars.
Friday and Saturday morning saw drivers get in as much practice
as possible, especially for the out of town guys. It then moved
onto qualifying where you are scored according to multiple things
such as speed, line, angle etc.
Qualifying on top of the log was local legend Jacques Lemmer again
setting the pace for everyone else to follow. Things were looking
great for him showing consistency and aggression all day. His
driving style and car are a definite crowd pleaser.
Qualifying sorted the men from the boys with some guys like Jacques
scoring maximum points while others barely made it through. It
determined a top 16 list with exactly 8 locals and 8 “outsiders”
making this a true North VS South event. Tandems were about to
start. This is where it gets crazy! This is what we came to see!
If the driving was hot during qualifying then the temperature
was going to hit the roof now. There were some really awesome
displays of talent and style from all the drivers with door to
There was even some overtaking by Sean February. You can imagine
how the crowd went ballistic to see a local overtake a Joburg
boy. I don’t care if it’s not allowed, it was awesome!
Shane Green and Jacques Lemmer were at each other’s side
mirrors all day with a few One More Times due to it being so close.
But in the end it was Shane Green that went through. Sadly Jason
Webb was also knocked out early. Things didn’t seem 100%
for him. Maybe it’s that new MASSIVE rear wing?
Jim McFarlane was killing it all day and after many victorious
battles he ended up taking on, would you have guessed it, Shane
Gutzeit in his dads borrowed car! Door to door action once again
but in the end it was Shane that came out tops. Well done!
In the end it was Shane Gutzeit in first place followed by Jim
McFarlane in second and Zanil Sataar in third place. A long day
but well worth it. I just hope Supa Drift could come to Cape Town
more often like at least twice a year. Supa Drift - awesome cars,
lots of power, amazing sound tracks, lots of tyre smoke and nonstop
action. I can’t wait for 2017!
Watch the video above to get a better idea
of how awesome this event was!
Have a look at the rest of the gallery below. Enjoy!