Dezzi’s host­ing first his­torics

Race­way ‘very driver friendly’

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - MICHELLE LEWIS

THE Dezzi Race­way will host the first His­toric Race in four weeks on April 17.

“We’re ex­pect­ing up to 8 000 peo­ple. It’s the first time his­torics are com­ing to KZN, so it’s a big day for us,” said Des Gutzeit, owner of the track.

This year will also see the third an­nual in­stal­ment of the Dezzi In­vi­ta­tional Time Attack, which will wel­come over 55 of SA’s top driv­ers from around the coun­try from July 3 to July 5, all com­pet­ing in the in­ter­na­tional Time Attack for­mat.

“Time Attack is ex­tremely ex­cit­ing, and very popular,” said Louise Gutzeit.

In ad­di­tion, the Su­paDrift Se­ries will be vis­it­ing the Dezzi Race­way for a record three times this year.

It all started in 2010, when Des and his wife, Louise, saw the growth of drift­ing as a sport and knew they wanted to get in­volved. They de­cided to up­grade so that Des and Shane could get to grips with the new way of rac­ing.

“As a fam­ily we’ve al­ways been cau­tious in busi­ness,” said Louise on the track’s be­gin­nings. “All we wanted was a place for the fam­ily to prac­tise. We had no idea the track would be­come what it has.”

Des added: “This track is a big mile­stone for us and KZN.

“It’s a priv­i­lege and hon­our to be able to share it with the coun­try and con­trib­ute to the growth of mo­tor­sports in South Africa. We are look­ing for­ward to huge things in the fu­ture.”

The Gutzeit cou­ple last year de­cided to take the next step in de­vel­op­ing the track. A new stretch of high-speed cor­ners joined the north and south cir­cuits into a full-cir­cuit track, one that of­fers ex­cep­tional speeds in a matchless set­ting.

Ear­lier this year, they ex­tended the orig­i­nal run­way to ac­com­mo­date a quar­ter-mile (about 400 me­tres) drag strip. The drag track is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion.

“The Dezzi Race­way is unique,” said Louise. “It’s very driver friendly. We tried to en­sure that guys with less horse­power but great skill have the abil­ity to win. All kinds of cars can be com­pet­i­tive; it’s the skill of the driver that counts at Dezzi Race­way.”

Along with a track built by driv­ers for driv­ers, the Dezzi Race­way of­fers fans all the ameni­ties to make an un­for­get­table day at the races. There are two sets of open pits, one lockup pit, an aero­plane han­gar, view­ing decks and banks, mar­shalling tow­ers, hos­pi­tal­ity zones, a tim­ing of­fice and brief­ing room, showers and toi­lets and a big en­ter­tain­ment area that is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion.

Renowned tuner Steve Clark has part­nered with the track in the busi­ness Gutzeit Clark Rac­ing and his No Sweat Rac­ing work­shop is based at the Dezzi Race­way.

With the back­ing of the track by Mo­tor­sport South Africa and sev­eral other as­so­ci­a­tions, and hav­ing been ap­proved for all types of rac­ing (mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing is cur­rently in the fi­nal testing phase), the Dezzi Race­way has an­nounced it­self as a bold new high-speed pres­ence on the SA rac­ing cir­cuit, and the pride of KZN mo­tor rac­ing.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

The new-look Dezzi Race­way out­side Port Shep­stone of­fers driv­ers with less horse­power but great skill a chance to win.

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