TRADER SUPADRIFT SERIES 05
July 2014 | By: XS Promotions | Photos: Dave Nisbet Photography
were on for the first nocturnal Auto Trader SupaDrift Series
event at the Dezzi Raceway in Port Shepstone, Saturday, 28th
of June. Cameras circled on choppers above the track as world-class
drifting action below spurred on a Mexican wave. “The
atmosphere was electric. It was by far the most responsive crowd
we’ve had at our events this year” said George Mienie,
AutoTrader.co.za CEO and title sponsor.
The drivers kept the action in top gear all night by stacking
up a long list of One More Times. Leading the charge Shane Gutzeit
and Wade van Zummerun came face-to-face early in the competition
at the Top 8. Each drifter was determined to prove his worth
and put on a show for the crowd, which was later described by
Red Bull spokesperson and series sponsor, Tristan Werner as
“the biggest battle of the day”. Van Zummerun was
the highest qualifier and led first, with Gutzeit matching him
every step of the way. The second run saw Van Zummerun keep
inside Gutzeits’ door across the track, leaving the crowd
and the judges to call for a One More Time. Van Zummerun eventually
took the lead and progressed to the semi-finals.
David Nel and Jonathan Rudman battled it out for 3rd and 4th
position. Rudman led first, followed by an aggressive Nel who
stuck to his tail like a man possessed. On Nel’s turn
to lead, his boot sprung open mid-race, leaving Rudman momentarily
distracted. He quickly recovered, drew up close behind Nel,
to secure his hard earned, 3rd place position.
The finals saw Jason Webb and Wade van Zummerun go head-to-head
in a race that was too close to call, leaving the judges with
no choice but to call for a One More Time. It was Van Zummerun’s
shallow line that put Webb in the lead and his gloves firmly
wrapped round 1st position.
On the 26th and 27th July 2014 the Auto Trader SupaDrift Series
pulls in to the Rock Raceway in Brakpan for the Gauteng Motor
Show. With only four events left in the series this year and
the title on the horizon, expect drifting fury.
For more info log onto www.supadrift.co.za