Team KZN calling
Driftkhana Round 3 will select top drivers to compete in SA
KZN’s top drifters and spinners are preparing their cars for the first trials that will see the 15 best spinners selected for Team KZN at Mason’s Mill on July 8.
Reece Williamson told Wheels 50 drivers were expected for the spinning trials while 30 drivers will compete in the driftkhana.
For the uninitiated, a spinning event sees the drivers spending as much time outside their moving cars as in, aiming to impress the fans with daredevil stunts and centimetre-precision slides, brakes and drifts, frequently circling their snarling cars closely around a commentator or codriver, who must at all times be able touch the bonnet as it careens barely in control around him or her.
Driftkhana adds an obstacle track and a clock to these stunts, requiring drivers to, among others challenges, “bat” a giant ball and execute precision parking against the clock.
Williamson recently competed in a driftkhana in Cape Town, where he was asked why KZN’s precision drivers aren’t fielding a team so that interprovincial events could be hosted.
One would be forgiven for thinking that this is because competitors in spinning events pay their own way and stand to win only bragging rights and perhaps a set of tyres at the end of an event, but Williamson said this was no deterrent for all the drivers who have been calling him for a slot to compete next Saturday.
“All the top drivers are keen to be part of the KZN team to challenge other provinces,” said Williamson.
Their performances at the Spinkhana auditions will see a team of 15 top drivers emerge, of whom five will be reserves.
This team will decide which province they will challenge next, with the event at this stage likely to be hosted at Mason’s Mill against a team of drivers from Johannesburg.
Williamson said the producers of e-TV’s recent reality show So
You Think You Can Spin had agreed the old bus depot at Mason’s Mill is an ideal venue for such motoring events.
He assured Wheels the event is arranged with paramedics and firefighters on standby at the venue in case of an emergency.
The entry fee for the day’s entertainment is R70 for adults and R40 for children. • More details from Reece Williamson at 083 790 4626.
KZN’s top drivers will compete at Mason’s Mill on July 8.
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