20 August 2013 | By: Michelle Lewis | Photos: Dave Nisbet Photography

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The 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.

Quarter 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 Skelton.

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 Director.

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


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