HARARE – The third event of the Telecel 2013 Drag Racing Series gets underway at Donnybrook on Saturday with two top drag racing vehicles from South Africa expected to be the star attraction.
Dragpro Club, who run the sport of drag racing in Zimbabwe, usually use street cars for drag racing.
However, this weekend’s event will be marked with a difference with the confirmed participation of the Rail Car and Chevair racing on the Donnybrook quarter mile drag racing track.
The Rail Car last set a time of 10.3 seconds and the Chevair 10.8 seconds in South Africa and it will be interesting to see what times they set at Donnybrook, a different track that presents a different altitude.
Dragpo Club will also be introducing new software to speed up the inputting process at the starting line.
“There have been unavoidable delays at the starting line in the past when we interrupt racing in order to input the new batches of driver information,” said Susan Zevgolis the secretary of the Dragpro Club.
“We have now purchased new software so that we can run two computers — one to run the timing equipment and the other for inputting. This should hopefully reduce the usual delays.”
Zevgolis encouraged competitors to register before the day of the competition.
She said: “Because our motorsport is a public event and as such, if competitors register on the day of the event, it is difficult for us to forecast what cars and drivers to expect on the day.”
Zimbabwe Motorsport Federation spokesmen Themba Mazvimbakupa added:
“There are not many tracks where you can come and race for $5 and we would love to see new competitors, no matter what vehicles they drive — the more variety the better.
“Anyone who thinks they are fast drivers should come and prove it on the track. Race the track not the streets.”
Meanwhile, NetOne are now official title sponsors of the Zimbabwe Moto X National Championship beginning from last month.
“It’s good times for motorsport in Zimbabwe,” Mazvimbakupa said.
“We now have Telecel for drag racing and now NetOne has come on board for motocross.”