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