Quarter milers at Dezzi
Drifters are braced for news on Mason’s Mill in KZN’s capital as the South Coast puts foot
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or find and follow the drag racing and event activity on Twitter: @KZNDragRacing.
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.
JP Bredenhann cocks a wheel in his 1972 Mini in the first Historic Tour.
PMB’s Quentin Willis had two historic class wins on the day in his Ford Escort.