TRADER SUPADRIFT IS A SWITCH CLOSER TO CROWNING SA’S FIRST
August 2013 | By: Michelle Lewis | Photos: Dave Nisbet Photography
Auto Trader SupaDrift Series made a third and final stop at
the Dezzi Raceway in Port Shepstone on August 17th, attracting
the largest crowd to visit the track yet - over 5,000 fans camped
out for the day to watch SA’s top drifters compete. Among
them was Motorsport South Africa’s CEO, Adrian Scholtz,
who stopped by the track to show his support for the world’s
fastest growing motorsport.
The track’s versatile design allowed organizers to orchestrate
a twist in format that forced drivers to a slow entry speed
of just 85kph, before maneuvering around a 5-switch course.
In the qualifying rounds current championship leader, Jason
Webb, took top points, and Clare Vale secured her maiden Auto
Trader SupaDrift Series qualifying entry for the season.
final pairings were well matched resulting in three of the four
battles going in to ‘one more time’ rounds. Jason
Webb avenged his SD02 loss to Rock Raceway drifter, Tim Stevens,
by knocking him out. In the action packed set of races Wade
van Zummeren beat Jim MacFarlane, Mikey Radloff faced Morne
Venter and finished victorious, and Shane Gutzeit beat Mikey
The semi final set old time rivals Jason Webb and Wade van Zummeren
against each other, with Webb finishing victorious. Mikey Radloff
and Shane Gutzeit followed with two exceptionally close runs,
with the win awarded to Gutzeit. The competition was brought
to a standstill as Radloff challenged the decision, sighting
Gutzeit for clipping a cone. Following video footage review,
the judges awarded the win to Gutzeit.
Much to the delight of the home crowd, local hero Shane Gutzeit
faced top point scorer in the series, Jason Webb. Webb led the
first run, followed closely by Gutzeit who spun out half way
through the course. With Gutzeit’s turn to lead, Webb
needed to complete the course without incident to win and, despite
Gutzeit’s near perfect run; Webb ran a safe course to
secure yet another win.
“With just two more events left in the series, it looks
like Jason Webb is a strong contender for SA’s first national
drift champion; with more than 100 point lead. We’re incredibly
proud to be the title sponsor of this inaugural national championship,
which is becoming increasingly popular with each event,”
said series sponsor George Mienie, Auto Trader’s Managing
Points going in to the second to last round of the series is
as follows: 1) Jason Webb – 555; 2) Mikey Radloff –
427; 3) Shane Gutzeit, 412; 4) Wade van Zummeren – 409.
The second to last round of the Auto Trader SupaDrift Series
is set to take place on 28 September in Mahikeng at the Mmabatho
Stadium parking lot. For more information visit www.supadrift.co.za