The Cape Town Drift City kicked off in 2018 with a buzz. Three years in a row, petrol heads from South Africa and other parts of the world have had the chance to witness and experience some of the most ridiculous vehicular mayhem. The idea for a Motorsport event at the Grand Parade was conceived in 2016.
This year, the atmosphere was electric. The event went on through the night. 9 out of the 32 drivers were from out of town and are seasonal participants of the National Supadrift Series. They just had to join in on the action. Danny Cross was the special guest this time with his Nissan Silvia S14. He had travelled all the way from Europe to join some of the best drivers at Drift City.
Drift City competitors are real Motorsport fanatics. They do it not for the money,industry politics or any other negative external pressures. They do it for the love of Motorsport. Otto Graven was also at the event to defend his title.
Over 30 drivers came ready to burn some serious rubber. After walking the track and taking a couple of practice runs, they jumped right into qualifying. Emphasis is usually on smoke, speed and as much entertainment as possible. Everyone needs to bring their A game in order to manoeuvre the high-speed entries, technical obstacles, mind-boggling donut segments and smoke emanating sweepers.
Qualifications started off with a top 32. Afterwards, drivers were partnered up against their rivals. This is where they usually start off the show in the process of proving who the bigger man is. And, for sure, some machines couldn’t withstand the pressure of the technical course. Spectators were kept on the edge of their seats waiting to see which crew would make it into the top 16. Some drivers managed to make clean runs, but ran out of time. Others lost points by going off-course and hitting markers.
Getting into the top 8 meant that you had to be fierce. The fans had already picked their favorite by top 8: Izak Van Zyl with his V8 Toyota Corolla. Izak had been extremely precise and flawless since top 32. His glory, however, didn’t last long. He went off course and made too many 360 turns that saw him lose to Zaeed Rajah.
The final stretch was the top 4. These were the drivers that had poured their hearts out since earlier in the day. Their machines were hitting the point of exhaustion. The last ones standing were Zaeed Rajah, Patrick Tuson, Jim Mc Farlane and Bronny White. The first battle was between White and Tuson. Due to an unfortunate car problem, Tuson lost sending White into the last leg. Next was Jim Mc Farlane and Zaeed Rajah. Again, due to a car problem that couldn’t get fixed in time, Rajah lost.
It was now Jim Mc Farlane vs Bronny White or, if you like, Johannesburg vs Cape Town. This was going to be tough. Without wasting any time, both drivers were off once the flag dropped. The fans were on their feet. All went well until Bonny White knocked over a cone. This slowed him down and earned him a penalty. Jim Mc Farlane kept his cool and maintained a clean run. This saw him get crowned as the King of Drift City 2018. Bronny White took the second place as Patrick Tuson took the third spot.