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Speed’s the name of the game this coming Sunday at the home of motorsport in Zimbabwe,Donnybrook Raceway, as the 2014 Telecel Drag Racing Series gets underway. After a long break through the rainy season, competitors and fans alike are looking forward to an action-packed day at Donnybrook in Harare.

The usual line up of cars and bikes on the start line promises a great days racing. With more cars and bikes now in the 12- second and below bracket, racing has become more fierce (and entertaining) as competitors of these faster vehicles now battle for supremacy!

“This year we are set to see more purpose built higher spec vehicles at drag racing events,” commented Dragpro Club’s Tyron Ferreira who himself drives an extremely competitive rear wheel drive Nissan Skyline.

“Many competitors are still working on their cars and bikes in preparation for the racing event this Sunday where reputations will be on the line!” he continued.

Although drag racing is all about speed, it is not just intended for performance vehicles and racing drivers.

With eight vehicle classes and three motorcycle classes, there is a place for anyone who wishes to push their car to the limit on the quarter mile drag strip.

This sport is aimed at public competitors — all that is required to take part is a valid driver’s licence, a roadworthy vehicle and a helmet.

“Although drag racing mourned the loss of Patrick O’Harak and his beloved V8 Buggy that has been the car to beat for the past few years, the car’s new owner promises to take the crowd favourite to new levels this year,” commented Mano Zevgolis of the Dragpro Club.

No other local driver in recent history has matched O’Harak’s explosive 10.8-second run in the yellow buggy — beating this time is a monumental challenge.

“Now that drag racing has been elevated to a ‘National Sporting Event’, top contenders will take their performance on the track to a higher level,” added Adam Saiyad from Dragpro Club.

The Dragpro Club is in the process of finalising how many national events will be held in Harare at Donnybrook and how many will take place at Breedon Everard (Falls Road Circuit) in Bulawayo.

This Sunday’s event at Donnybrook will not be held as a national event as Dragpro Club is still finalising details on the regulations, but as the first event of 2014, it still promises fantastic racing on the strip and the usual terrific atmosphere.

Temba Mazvimbakupa of the Zimbabwe Motorsport Federation yesterday urged local motosport enthusiasts to come in their thousands to watch the opening round of the 2014 Telecel Drag Racing Series at Donnybrook this Sunday.

“Drag racing is by far the most popular motorsport genre in Zimbabwe. All roads will lead to Donnybrook Raceway this Sunday . . . Don’t race the street, race the track,” Mazvimbakupa said.

With full bar and catering and the weather forecast looking good, this Sunday’s event, which will also include the “Proudly Zimbabwean Audio City Sound Off” and “spares and accessories stalls”, looks to offer the best way to spend your day.

Source : The Herald