Dezzi’s hosting first historics
Raceway ‘very driver friendly’
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.
The new-look Dezzi Raceway outside Port Shepstone offers drivers with less horsepower but great skill a chance to win.