Drag racing season starts in March
THE 2015 drag racing season in Zimbabwe is set to rev off on March 22 amid some good news from the organisers of this exciting motor racing event who indicated that they have retained all their partners for this season which they said will be bigger and better.
Susan Zevgolis, secretary of the Dragpro Club who organise and run drag racing events in Zimbabwe, said last weekend that just like last season, there will be four competitions this year, starting from March 22, and they will all be staged at the home of motorsport in Zimbabwe — Donnybrook Raceway in Harare.
She also said that they were looking at staging another successful drag racing season this year after all their sponsors agreed to return and bankroll this motor racing competition which has over the past two years become the most popular event among the Zimbabwean motorsport enthusiasts.
In fact, an average of 4 500 spectators paid their way to watch each of the four drag racing events that were held at Donnybrook last year and Zevgolis said they were expecting “the same scenario” for this season’s series which will be held on March 22, May 31, July 26 and closing with the last event of the year on October 3.
“The Dragpro Club are delighted and very grateful to confirm that all our partners from the Telecel 2014 Drag Racing Series — Telecel, hp lubes/Castrol, Turbo Solutions Africa, Financial Gazette and Autobusiness Magazine — have confirmed their ongoing partnership with us for yet another exciting year ahead in the Telecel 2015 Drag Racing Series.
“A big thank you to the competitors, (motor) racing fans and official partners for your ongoing support. We look forward to a great 2015 racing season!” Zevgolis said.
The four drag racing events that will be staged by the Dragpro Club in March, May, July and October will once again be the major highlights of what promises to be another busy and exciting season for motorsport in Zimbabwe.
According to the national calendar of events for the 2015 season, which was recently released by Rose Rushforth, the long-serving secretary of the Zimbabwe Motorsport Federation, a number of motor racing events have been lined-up for this year and will be held in Harare and Bulawayo with the former city staging the large chunk of these competitions.
The 2015 ZMSF season officially gets underway on February 8 with the staging of a Bogwheelers Club motocross event at Donnybrook where most of the country’s top junior and senior motorcycling riders will converge for their first meeting of the year.
Shaun Whyte, the chairman of the Bogwheelers Club who run the motorcyling sport of motocross in Zimbabwe, confirmed that the February 8 race meeting will be their first national event of the year.
“On Sunday (February 8) we will be having our first national event of the year. Entrance fee will be US$5 per car (maximum of four people) and US$2 per person thereafter.
“All in all, this year there will be six club events and an equal number of nationals; and the season will close with the staging of the country’s premier motorcycling event — the Zimbabwe Summer Series — on December 9, 11 and 13,” Whyte said.
The three-day Zimbabwe Summer Series, which also attracts some top riders from South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Botswana and overseas, will consist of two Supercross (night racing) meetings on December 9 and 11; and will close with a motocross event on December 13.
Apart from competing in the 12 club and national championships and the Zimbabwe Summer Series, most of the country’s top junior and senior motocross riders are also expected to take part in this year’s FIA Africa Motocross of African Nations which has been slated for the weekend of August 27-29 in Botswana. This annual event brings together all the top motocross riders from African countries such as South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Last year’s event was held in Kitwe, Zambia, where Zimbabwe came second overall behind continental heavyweights South Africa for the second year in a row. This season will also see several karting events being staged both in Harare and Bulawayo with the opening event of the year pencilled in for February 21 in the City of Kings. It will be hosted by the Bulawayo Motorsport Club. – The Herald