Gutzeit brings north- south drift­ing fight home to Dezzi’s

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING - MIKEY SKEL­TON — Dezzi Race­way.

The North vs. South bat­tle con­tin­ued in Cape Town last week for round two of the Su­padrift Na­tional Drift se­ries.

An im­pres­sive field of 38 cars had setup in the pit area of the oval sec­tion at Kil­lar­ney Race­way and as driv­ers and teams show cased their drift ready cre­ations.

Sadly, through a com­bi­na­tion of bad luck and break­ages the field was re­duced to a mere 35 drifters for qual­i­fy­ing.

And a strange qual­i­fy­ing it was, there were only 18 driv­ers that posted scores while many driv­ers were caught out by the ini­aition speed and long sweep­ing line and that pesky front clip. This re­sulted in a bevy of dou­ble zero scores and by the time the smoke had cleared the Top 16 had been de­cided and the judges and fans were very happy to see some new faces in the mix.

Mo­hammed Yusuf and Fa­heem Salie ran a sil­ver cup fi­nal and it would be Yusuf who would take the win af­ter Sal- ie’s car cut out mid run.

The Top 16 started with a bit of con­tro­versy af­ter Jacque Lem­mer took the win over Shane Green, the decision would be over­turned when Lem­mer, in true sports­man­ship, of­fered to re­run be­cause he had made con­tact with Green that could not be seen by the judges. Green would take the win but would go on to lose to Mozam­bi­quan, Zanil Satar who seemed as if he had some­thing to prove on the day.

Ja­son Gor­man would even­tu­ally go on to take driver of the day for his im­pres­sive driv­ing skills but would lose out in tandems to the other Ja­son. Ja­son Webb seemed to be strug­gling with his ma­chine and would bow out against Zein Hus­sein in the fi­nal eight. Al­though the south­ern boys put on a bril­liant fight, the north would sim­ply rise up and over­power them….. with V8’ s. Jim McFar­lane drove like a man pos­sessed and bull­dozed his way through his pair­ings and would even­tu­ally meet Shane Gudzeit in the fi­nal.

Af­ter an in­ci­dent dur­ing Fri­day prac­tice Shane’s Nis­san Sil­via S15 was ren­dered un­drive­able and Shane tem­po­rar­ily in­her­ited his fa­ther, Dez Gutzeit’s, V8 pow­ered Sky­line. The sheer power would pro­pel Shane all the way to vic­tory in a nail bit­ing fi­nal run that would see Jim McFar­lane take a well de­served 2nd and Zanil Satar see off Zein Hus­sein for 3rd.

The next Su­padrift Se­ries is at the Gutzeit’s home track

PHOTO: DAR­REN TOWNSLEY

Dom­i­na­tors from the North: Win­ners of round two in the Su­padrift Na­tional Drift at Kil­lar­ney Race­way in Cape Town, with KZN’s Shane Gutzeit first, Jim McFar­lane sec­ond and Zanil Satar third.

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