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It was third time the charm as drivers descended on Dezzi South Coast Raceway for the KZN Drags showdown on Saturday.
Anticipation mounted as organisers KZN Drag Racing and Gas Magazine twice had to postpone the event due to inclement weather.
The event, which saw the first 60ft of the Oslo Beach-based drag strip prepared with track bite for the first time, proved to be worth the wait as old school muscle took on new school dynamos in perfect conditions.
Just over 1500 spectators were on hand to watch an exciting field of 124 drivers unleash their cars in quarter-mile action.
Fast times were expected given the track bite and petrolheads saw just that. The all-time track record of an eight-second pass held up, but overall times were significantly faster with some 35 drivers powering to personal best runs.
The driver with the fastest time of the day was Kogie Maistry with a 10.07 in his Nissan GTR R35. Lionel Pillay managed a 11.8s pass with his BMW Toyota 2JZ-Powered M3 after a decade out of the racing game and Aslam Sedat made a welcome return with a 12.8s pass in his normally-aspirated VW Scirocco.
Anand Naidu managed a personal best of 10.9s with his BMW Turbo E36 and Karthy Naidoo managed a 10.7s pass in his Ford MK1 Escort in the 4br class while Basil Myburgh wowed the crowd with a 10.8s pass in his Mazda RX7.
“It was a very good event,” Darren Lewis of KZN Drag Racing told eHowzit.
“These last few weeks have been extremely frustrating but everything came together on Saturday. The drivers loved the track bite and it led to much quicker times and exciting racing.”
Prethiven Naidoo of Gas Magazine added: “After two weeks of postponing, we still managed to draw a crowd to view the event and everything worked like clockwork.”
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