Drag Racing Series ends on a high

HARARE - The final event of the Telecel 2014 Drag Racing Series promised action and burning rubber and that’s exactly what racing fans got on Sunday at Donnybrook.

With 70 car and bike competitors and over 2 000 racing fans thronging the venue, Donnybrook certainly came alive once again at the weekend.

Leslie Carlsson pulled out all the stops to ready his Suzuki GSXR motorcycle for Sunday and once again put on a tremendous performance posting an impressive time of 10.10 seconds, retaining his crown as fastest motorcycle.

Grant Gower Smith also put on an impressive performance coming in second to Les and knocking Phil Archenoul into third position.

There is no doubt however, that Archenoul will come back fighting next year.

In the motor vehicle classes there were some big expectations going into the day with several competitors having made modifications to their vehicles in an effort to shake up things on the podium.

Alan Cacace in his V8 AC Cobra was however, still unbeatable on the day with an impressive time of 11.38 seconds, followed by Terry Allberry from Bulawayo in his Cobra and Mano Zevgolis in the hp lubes/Castrol MR2.

Over a dozen new competitors registered on Sunday as drag racing’s reputation and popularity grows.

“We are delighted that new competitors continue to join drag racing and it is commendable that all the new competitors on Sunday got to grips quickly with the procedures and I believe a good time was had by all,” said Adam Saiyd, Dragpro Club committee member.

“Drag racing has definitely developed throughout the year with cars and bikes getting faster all the time as competition intensify amongst the more serious competitors.”

Providing some lighter action and entertainment on the day was the DeWalt challenge with Phil Archenoul going up against the DeWalt drill powered scooter.

The DeWalt bike slowly completed the quarter drag mile piloted by one of the Dragpro models, drag whilst Archenoul tore around the track circuit, making for a close finish.

The day ended on a climax as a very excited crowd cheered the spinning demonstration put on by Fat Cat & Co.

Dragpo Club secretary Susan Zevgolis said 2014 has proven to be another very rewarding year.

“With the continued backing of Telecel, hp lubes Castrol, Turbo Solutions Africa, Financial Gazette and the addition of DHL, the sport has been able to grow on its previous two Series.  As long as we are able to secure Sponsors for next year, things can only continue to go from strength to strength,” she said.

“We have some very impressive vehicles, dedicated drivers and riders, an incredible fan base and a sport that is exciting and accessible.”

Comments (1)

i hope daily news will be there to see the 3 hour endurance in byo in december.

see - 9 October 2014

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