PRESS RELEASE | Posted: 06 June 2014 | Images: Dave Nisbet
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The Dezzi Raceway played its part this Saturday, 31st May, by providing the perfect track conditions for what was one of the smoothest running, but most technically thrilling events in the AutoTrader SupaDrift Championship series. Over 35 drivers set out around the affectionately nicknamed ‘corkscrew track’ in Port Shepstone, each driver trying to out do the next. “The judges had their work cut out for them this weekend. The technical showmanship was impressive,” said presenting sponsor, AutoTrader CEO, George Mienie. The track demanded a substantial power outlay from the vehicles as they made their way from the bowl of the track up towards the finish. Crowd favourite Jason Webb failed to qualify, leaving room for KZN favourites to battle it out. Hannes Frans faced Riaz Alibai, and Jono Rudman took on Morne Venter, with Rudman and Frans moving forward to the next round.

Cape Town favourite, Faheem Sallie, had a lot to prove going in to the Port Shepstone event, following his shake up on home turf in the previous challenge. His gallant efforts on Saturday paid off and saw him finish 9th to reinforce his drifting chops to the crowd.
Local favourite Shane Gutzeit beat out Sean February in the Top 8 after two perfect runs.
Van Zummerun smashed his quarter-final runs to beat BG Smit and advance to the semi-finals. KZN local Paulo Gouveia put on a show of smoke and flare as he challenged Hannes Frans to a giant battle around the track, which ended with Gouveia joining van Zummerun in the semi’s.

The actioned was turned up a gear going in to the semi-finals - Gutzeit faced Jono Rudman and van Zummeren squared up to Gouveia. Gouveia kept up with van Zummeren until the second run when van Zummeren’s technical performance earned him a two-point lead and a spot in the final. Gutziet sent Rudman packing and prepared to face van Zummeren.

Both drivers put on two perfect runs in the final, forcing the judges to call a One More Time. A five-minute Time Out gave both drivers the opportunity to recharge and reset their focus. On Gutzeit’s turn to lead, his car cut out at the start line, sending van Zummeren charging off on to the track alone. All that was needed to secure the title was for van Zummeren to complete his turn to lead.

“Congratulations go to Shane Green who was named Driver of the Day after his smoking hot rounds against the ultimate winner Wade van Zummerun. He put on a great show!” said Liqui Moly spokesperson, Melicia Labuschagne.
The drivers will return to the Dezzi Raceway on the 28th June 2014 for what is guaranteed to be an epic battle of smoke and sound, as the championship passes the halfway mark.

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