Drag race on

Raymond Jaravaza
THE countrya��s top drivers and bikers will on Saturday converge on the Falls Road Circuit in Bulawayo for the biggest public drag racing of the year in the Toyota Castrol Three-Hour Endurance Race and One-Hour Motorcycle events.

Leonora Young, a member of the Bulawayo Motoring Club, said South Africa and Botswana drivers had confirmed participation in the much-awaited event that usually attracts large crowds.

Drag racing is a race involving two or more cars to determine which can accelerate faster from a standstill and cars race according to their engine capacity from zero to 1600cc and up to three litre turbo engines.

South Africans Robbie Petersen and Themba Khumalo, winners of the One-Hour Motorcycle race last year will take on local bikers Ian Gutherless and Dave Mouat while Harare based Phil Archinoul and Shaun Whyte have also thrown in their names in contention for honours.

Another South African duo of John Amm and Eric Salomon from Cape Town will battle it out in the Three Hour Endurance Race against defending champion Darren Winterboer who will be looking to defend his title in a BMW.

The overall winner is the competitor who completes the most number of laps in the three hours.

Other contenders for this race include Hararea��s Gary Kirk who will be sharing a drive with Gary Bluett in a Lotus Super 7 while Denzil Bhana of Bulawayo will also make an appearance in his reliable Ford Escort.

Darren Pragji will drive his trusted Datsun 1200.

The local duo of Ian Howden and Richard Robinson will come in a turbo charged Toyota.

Not to be outclassed is Stuart Young in his newly turbo charged Sports 2000 driving with son Levi and daughter Lola.

Father and son Byron and Dean Norman who have in the past competed as a team will this time drive separately in a VW Golf and Mitsubishi Evo respectively.

a�?The 2014 event was an action packed day and this year promises to be even better. There is no doubt that the standard of vehicles and competitors is better this time around and motor racing enthusiasts will be thrilled. With drivers coming from South Africa and Botswana, our local drivers will definitely have their work cut out for them.

Spectators will be allowed to visit the pit lane area between 2 pm and 2.25 pm, where they will be able to view the competitors and their vehicles at close range along the pit lane, which is the area in which vehicles are prepared for the race,a�? said Young.