This weekend saw the first-ever high speed drift event at the famed South African Grand Prix circuit, Kyalami. Most of you might not know that South Africa has a thriving aftermarket and racing scene, probably because the mention South Africa brings forth images of the Safari and some wild animals, but, even though drifting is in its infancy stages, the passion and dedication towards the sport is just as high as anywhere else.
Kyalami played host to SuperDRIFT this weekend – South Africa’s first high speed event to be staged at the Grand Prix circuit. The event featured drivers with various skill levels from across the country in a bid to separate the “men from the boys” so to speak. The aim was to setup a precursor to the initial Pro Championship planned for next year – with the Top 16 of the 32 contestants gaining automatic entry for the first round. With that in mind, the guys took to the track to let it all hang out, impressing even the International experts in attendance, who were pleasantly surprised by the budding talent South Africa had to offer. Cars included everything from 4 cylinder BMWs to 850HP Turbocharged 350Zs .
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The boys from XS Promotions put on a spectacular show that included static supercar exhibits, suicide rides in a Chevy Lumina, super hot semi-clad girls, and a sick Moto cross exhibition. The highlight of course, had to be the drifting. Action kicked off bright and early to give the guys much-needed practice on the newly setup course. The course itself featured a daunting high speed entry (around 100mph for the quicker guys), leading into a technical second gear section that required two transitions before the final corner in front of the main grandstand.
Apprehensive at first, most guys were pottering in at low speeds just to get acquainted with the course, but soon enough it was balls to the wall in an attempt to out qualify each other. By then the 4000 strong crowd was assembled eager to take in all the smoke infested madness. Great prospects included Otto Graven in his 850HP turbo’ed 350Z and rookie Jacques Lemmer in his V8 powered BMW E36 3 series. Both made it to the eliminations with Otto having to retire after a brake caliper exploded and lodged itself in the rear wheel – Ouch!
Joining those guys were the likes of Ernest Page (MonsterMob R33 GTR), Wade (200 SX), and Dave (SnS 200SX), all of which drifted the course very well. Props must also go to Pieter De Weet in his V8 Lexus-powered Turbo Supra and young “Blue Boy” in his puny but impressive 150HP BMW who finished first and second place respectively. It was an awesome day had by all, and if you don’t believe us – check out the pics.