Petrol heads in for adrenaline-charged season

 

HARARE - If the electric speeds, high number of competitors and huge crowd at the opening 2014 Telecel Drag Racing Series is anything to go by, then petrol heads are in for another adrenaline-charged drag racing season.

At least 65 drag racing competitors drawn from regular to well-known drag racing personalities put their racing skills to the test over the quarter-mile Donnybrook track last weekend.

Andy Koumides was on song in his Honda CBR600 clocking 173.35 kilometres an hour(Kph) to win the ma motorcycle 1-750cc.

Leslie Carlsson, riding a Suzuki GSXR claimed the mb motorcycle 751-1000cc class whilst Shannon Naested on a Kawasaki ZX14 blazed 218.4 kph to claim the mc motorcycle 1001-Open.

Photojournalist Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, driving a Toyota Auris, topped 119.4 kph to win the motor-vehicle 1601-2000cc naturally aspirated class.

Alan Cacace was a cut above the rest in his V8 powered ACCobra topping a breakneck speed of  201.49 kph to win the nd motor-vehicle 2501-Open naturally aspirated class.

The opening 2014 Drag Racing Series event saw the introduction of handicap racing event, a racing class two vehicles in completely different classes to race against each other.

In the handicap system the slower vehicle gets the green light before the faster competitor.

The end of day eliminator events for motorcycles and cars enjoyed an electric atmosphere.

And it came as no surprise when Cacace in his V8 powered AC Cobra won both fastest car of the day and top eliminator car while Phil Archenoul won the top eliminator motorcycle title.

Dragpo club secretary Susan Zevgolis was naturally happy with the huge turnout.

“The first event of the Telecel 2014 Drag Racing Series at Donnybrook on Sunday attracted an impressive crowd of over 2 000. This is a sign that Drag racing continues to be a success with terrific sponsor support, a loyal fan base and passionate competitors,” she said, adding: “We are grateful for the continued support by Telecel, hp lubes/Castrol, Turbo Solutions Africa, Financial Gazette and Autobusiness Magazine.”
The next event in the Series will be held on Sunday May 31.

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