Team KZN call­ing

Driftkhana Round 3 will select top driv­ers to com­pete in SA

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - ALWYN VILJOEN

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.

PHOTO: THRILLSEEKER

Dri­ivers com­peti­ing iina dri­iftkhana have to ‘‘bat’’ a bal­lll wi­ith the car boot at speed..

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