Sub 10s the aim at Dezzi
Extra bite on take-off will see drivers record best times yet
THE Dezzi Raceway at Marburg on the South Coast on Saturday hosts the first drag racing event in the province to run on a prepared track.
The first 18 metres of the Dezzi South Coast Raceway drag strip will be prepared with track bite for drivers.
Organised by KZN Drag Racing and Gas Magazine, the event provides the optimal surface for serious competitors to attempt eight and nine-second passes, or to break the infamous 10-second barrier.
“Usually, we have track bite on the burn-out area. This is the first time that 19 metres will be covered. We believe it has never been done before in KZN,” said Darren Lewis of KZN Drag Racing.
The organisers also promise a racing field that includes newmodel vehicles racing alongside modified older cars. “You’ll see cars like an E36 M3 powered by a 1 000-horsepower Toyota 2jze, race against 800 hp Skyline GTR. It will be thrilling!” said Prethiven Naidoo of Gas Magazine.
Interest in the event has reached across the country, with requests to race South Africa’s record-breaking vehicles at the event.
“Rob Green Motorsport will be bringing their VW Golf 7R that amassed an 11-second flat run in Johannesburg.
“They’re hoping the track bite and sea level will help them break the 10-second barrier,” said Naidoo.
This is KZN Drag Racing and Gas Magazine’s fifth drag racing event at Dezzi South Coast Raceway since the drag strip was complete in June of 2016.
The fastest time recorded yet at Dezzi South Coast Raceway was an eight-second pass by a purpose-built rail car.
The fastest time recorded for a roadworthy vehicle was 9,1 seconds by NXgen.
Both records were set racing without any track preparation.
The event in November is sure to impress fanatics and those new to the sport.
“Seeing cars drive that fast across 400 metres is certainly something to tick off the bucket list,” said Lewis.
“And if you’re just looking for a fun day out, we’ve partnered with Dunlop Zone Tyres 2 Go to give public prize giveaways throughout the day.
“It’s going to be action packed on and off the track” he concluded.
The event offers a familyfriendly day out and is run under Motor Sport South Africa’s rules and regulations.
On-site facilities include full amenities, catering (including halal), shade and grand stands. • Tickets to the event cost R90 for adults, R45 for pensioners R45 and under 12 enter free. No cooler boxes, gazebos or chairs, and no pass-outs.
More information on www.kzndragracing.co.za
DARREN LEWIS, KZN Drag Racing ‘The event provides the optimal surface for serious competitors.’
Dezzi Raceway hosts new boys vs old school on a freshly prepared 18-metre take-off strip that may see a sub-10second run over the quarter mile on Saturday.