It has been a season of spectacular action, thrills and spills, pomp and fanfare in the 2014 Telecel Drag Racing Series and more of the same is expected as the Grand Finale takes place at Donnybrook Park today.
By Our Staff
Drag racing has easily been the most popular motorsport genre in the country this year, magnificently attracting thousands of spectators each time there was a race.
Today’s event is sadly the fourth and the last of the year before a long rainy season break. DragPro Club secretary Suzan Zevgolis was delighted at the success of the drag race season.
“This has been a highly successful drag racing series, with no fewer than 60 cars for every event, the cars have been getting faster by the race and we have had more than 2 000 spectators each time.
“It’s been a great season so this one is the last event of the year, the last chance for everyone interested to come, register their cars and be part of the fun before a very long break, it’s a public motorsport event so everyone is welcome” she said.
Zevgolis revealed that next year could see the staging of national drag racing finals for the first time, while there could be an influx of competitors from South Africa and other neighbouring countries
On the tracks, Terry Allbery, who finished second in the previous event will be the man to beat as he has consistently dominated the event in his ruthlessV8 AC Cobra, especially considering that veteran dragster South African Reg Murray will be absent.
Murray broke the quarter mile track record with his vintage Rail Car, romping home in just 10,20 seconds. It was the first time that any car had breached the 10 second region in the history of the event.
Allan Cacace who missed the last event with his V8 powered Cobra renews his rivalry with Allberry while Mebs Kerbelker in his Subaru WRX and Mano Zevgolis in the [HP Lubes/Castrol] Toyota MR2 will be lurking in the shadows, in case the Cobras falter.
There is also talk of a Zambian competitor with a Cobra who might enter the fray today to add to the competition for honours.
In the motorbike category, sensational newcomer Leslie Carlsson may not feature as he was racing against time to fix his Suzuki 65XR 100cc which broke down in Bulawayo recently.
His predicament leaves mentor, Phil Archenoul’s DeWalt Suzuki GSXR free passage to breeze to an easy win in the final race of the season.
Competition will be in time trial, handicap, and the popular Top eliminator while a spinning demonstration is especially lined up today.
The Dragpro Club’s partners are title sponsors Telecel, HP Lubes/Castrol, Turbo Solutions Africa, Financial Gazette, Autobusiness and DHL
Racing kicks off at 11:30am, ending at 5:15pm, with full bar and catering available as well as entertainment for the kids