Our journo per­forms world’s long­est car drift

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORING - JA­SON WOOSEY

SOUTH African mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ist Jesse Adams (pic­tured) has per­formed the world’s long­est car drift, although it re­mains un­of­fi­cial for now as ver­i­fi­ca­tion by Guin­ness World Records is cur­rently pend­ing.

Adams, who writes for Star Mo­tor­ing, com­pleted 168.5km and 1000 laps in a time of five hours and 45 min­utes, driv­ing a Toy­ota 86.

The cur­rent of­fi­cial record is held by Ger­many’s Har­ald Müller, who man­aged 144.125km on a skid­pan in Turkey back in 2014, also in a Toy­ota 86.

The record at­tempt took place on Mon­day morn­ing on a wet skid­pan at the Gerotek test cen­tre west of Pre­to­ria. Asked how he felt af­ter the feat, Adams ex­claimed “I just wanna go to bed now! I want a hot bath and to go to bed.” “There was a point at around 600 laps when I was se­ri­ously ready to stop,” Adams con­tin­ued, “I didn’t think I was go­ing to make it, but I did, and prob­a­bly could have done an­other 200.” Event co-or­di­na­tor Adrian Bur­ford said he was thrilled about the feat: “It’s a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment, I mean 1000 laps of the Gerotek skid­pan on op­po­site lock, with­out stop­ping! That’s like driv­ing from Jo­han­nes­burg to Pre­to­ria, back to Joburg and then to Pre­to­ria again, on op­po­site lock, all the time.” Our sen­ti­ments ex­actly. Well done Jesse!

Adams main­tained a side­ways slide for nearly six hours, and was one tired man af­ter­wards.

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