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
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.