Quar­ter mil­ers at Dezzi

Drifters are braced for news on Ma­son’s Mill in KZN’s cap­i­tal as the South Coast puts foot

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - AL­WYN VILJOEN

BIG news from Port Shep­stone is that a fully cer­ti­fied quar­ter-mile drag strip will open at the Dezzi Race­way in June.

This comes as Pi­eter­mar­tizburg’s coun­cil pre­pares to make the old bus de­pot at Ma­son’s Mill the city’s of­fi­cial mo­tor rac­ing venue to­day.

Once the old de­pot be­comes the head­quar­ters of rac­ing in KZN’s cap­i­tal, the mo­tor rac­ing fra­ter­nity will clean up the grounds and ex­tend the track for quar­ter-mile rac­ers and even ral­ly­ing.

While the old bus de­pot has the ad­van­tage of be­ing close to the fans in Eden­dale, it is not as scenic nor as wide as Dezzi Race­way, where 13 me­tres of tar over­look­ing the In­dian Ocean will al­low for tan­dem rac­ing and sin­gle run shoot-outs.

The first drag event, en­dorsed and man­aged by Mo­tor­sport South Africa (MSA), is sched­uled to take place on June 27 and 28.

The open­ing fol­lows the an­nounce­ment of a new KZN drag rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Mo­tor­sport South Africa, Dar­ren Lewis. “This drag strip is in­stru­men­tal in pro­mot­ing a pos­i­tive rep­u­ta­tion for the sport in the prov­ince, as well as curb­ing il­le­gal drag rac­ing. There has been a big de­mand for a lo­cal track and we’re pleased to now have a per­ma­nent fa­cil­ity,” said Lewis.

Drag race events at the Dezzi Race­way will be hand­i­capped ac­cord­ing to their ca­pa­bil­i­ties, races will be con­ducted in class cat­e­gories and a cham­pi­onship for­mat will be used to de­ter­mine win­ners.

Dezzi Race­way owner Des Gutzeit said “Mo­tor­sport in KZN has a big fol­low­ing, es­pe­cially drag rac­ing. We are proud to pro­vide this fa­cil­ity for the com­mu­nity, as well as safe and pro­fes­sion­ally man­aged events.”

The new drag strip forms part of a larger race fa­cil­ity at the Dezzi Race­way com­pris­ing of two drift tracks, a full cir­cuit track, three pits, view­ing decks and banks, mar­shalling tow­ers, hos­pi­tal­ity zones, a tim­ing of­fice, a brief­ing room, as well as showers and toi­lets. A large en­ter­tain­ment fa­cil­ity is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion.

“We an­tic­i­pate a big in­flux of vis­i­tors to the area for th­ese events, and we have built the fa­cil­i­ties to en­sure fans ex­pe­ri­ence an un­for­get­table day at the races” said Gutzeit.

Dezzi’s hosted the first his­toric tour over the week­end. Mo­tor­ing and trans­port jour­nal­ist ex­traor­di­naire Colin Win­dell was on hand for The Wit­ness. The His­toric Tour made a lit­tle KZN his­tory with the first full race­day at the Dezzi Race­way in Oslo Beach.

He re­ported the ini­tial chase in the En­durance was be­tween the Tiga of Dino Scrib­ante and the Jaguar-pow­ered Juno of even­tual win­ners Dun­can and Gra­ham Vos.

Colin El­li­son in the Chevron B19 fin­ished a fine sec­ond in the one-hour En­durance Race as the Alfa Romeo team also had a suc­cess­ful de­but, with John McLachlan scor­ing top honours in African En­durance Se­ries In­dex of Per­for­mance re­sult while

PMB’s Quentin Wil­lis had two class wins on the day in his Ford Es­cort. For more in­for­ma­tion on drift­ing at Dezzi, e-mail dra­grac­ing@cor­ner57.com or find and fol­low the drag rac­ing and event ac­tiv­ity on Twit­ter: @KZNDragRac­ing.

PHO­TOS: COLIN WIN­DELL

Jade Mor­gan from Jo­han­nes­burg gives her hubby, Ian, some last-minute ad­vice be­fore he heads out in his Mercedes-Benz 280E to com­pete in the first His­toric Tour at the Dezzi Race­way in Oslo Beach.

PHOTO: SPORT­PICS.CO.ZA

JP Bre­den­hann cocks a wheel in his 1972 Mini in the first His­toric Tour.

PHOTO: COLIN WIN­DELL

PMB’s Quentin Wil­lis had two his­toric class wins on the day in his Ford Es­cort.

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