Killarney saw a day of thrills and spills as the first ever Bragging Rights event tore up the tarmac across the disciplines of drags, drift and spin nogal.
With all three going down, it was a day of smoke-filled mayhem as drivers put the pedal to the metal after such a long time of very few events.
On the strip, Herman Mostert laid down a blistering 8.6 second pass, being his quickest time yet and the fastest time of the day, even quicker than the motorcycles.
Two-wheeler heroes were represented by Wynand van den Berg, who set an 8.82 second run at 252.3km/h on his Suzuki, just beating Sharief Reynolds’ 8.86 second run by a whisker.
Then came the humdinger. Ismaeel Davids did a flat 11-second pass on his methanol-fuelled Yamaha Banshee, laying down an unofficial record for a quadbike in South Africa.
On the drift oval, Juan Stemmet has reinforced his dominance in the Drift Outlaws series, after first Shane Green then Tommie Beirowski temporarily seized the coveted title in the past couple of months.
Juan’s two near-flawless runs in his trusty Nissan 200sx earned him Regional Drift King title on the day, despite a hair-raising moment when his bonnet clips failed and the bonnet shattered.
Izak van Zyl came in second with trailer Typie Khan in third. All three will return for national finals on 2 October.
Shane Green was out of the runnings after an accident involving a trailer.
But it was the spin pitch that hummed with excitement, as 38 of the Cape’s most vuurwarm spinners took to the course in a spinkhan-type challenge that saw them pitted against multiple obstacles, keeping the back wheels spinning all the way through.
Bobby Nitro spoke to Chedwin ‘Boxie’ Hadjie, from Eerste River, who says: “It’s great to be part of this new event, and the format is so exciting. We’ve been so used to spinning up and down the pitch, now there are these tight corners and obstacles, you come out of the one excited to get into the next. So much adrenaline.”
In breaking news, Bobby congratulated Chedwin on being selected as the wild card for the Red Bull Shay iMoto event for which he’ll be jetting off to Johannesburg to battle against other top spinners in SA.
Organiser Raziek Rajah of GHC Racing was given the honour of making this choice.
Raziek had to take all the provinces into account with the decision. He waited for the results from the national co-ordinator Renzo Quickfall from Team Saluki - Northern Cape and KDS Crew in KZN.
He says: “While Chedwin came second in the competition after a small error that cost him the win, the wild card is not necessarily the number one driver. It’s the driver that shows the most promise.”
The added factor of there being timed runs added pressure, bringing surprises for the more experienced while newcomers raised their game.
But it was the iconic veteran Eddie ‘Rasta’ Campher who kept his cool and came first on the day, claiming the first ever Spin Outlaws regional title. Chedwin was second and Marc Quickfall third.
Eddie, who is accustomed to coming out tops in his trademark ‘Stoute Kind’ Ford Cortina, says: “It was an interesting way to drive, the obstacles are something different and more precision driving is needed.”
Asked who challenged him on the day, Eddie says: “Chedwin was hot on my heels and was driving very well on the day, as was Laeeq Newman.”
The day ended with the regional top 10 spinners being elected, all of whom will go into the national finals.