Sub 10s the aim at Dezzi

Ex­tra bite on take-off will see driv­ers record best times yet

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING -

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.’

PHOTO: KZN­DRA­GRAC­ING.CO.ZA

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.

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