Fast drivers, faster cars at Ballito Street Heroes

 The sound of lapping waves and seaside life in Ballito is soon to be replaced by high-revving Italian supercars and roaring American Muscle, as the Ballito Street Heroes event draws ever closer. The Ballito Street Heroes Event is brought to you by Edusport in conjunction with the ILembe Chamber of Commerce and our sponsors Ballito Auto SMD. This inaugural event is also supported by our accommodation partners Fairmont Zimbali Resorts as well as the KwaDukuza Municipality, this adrenalin pumping motoring event is set to wheelspin off the line at the Laguna Seca Industrial Estate on 14 and 15 September, and promises to rival any motoring spectacle seen before. 

We expect the likes of the following supercars Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati race categories accompanied by a V8 class comprising of GT40s, Shelby GT500s and other legendary muscle cars, the trans-Atlantic war of the engines will continue at the event.

These iconic cars and their drivers will be given the chance to take on the 1.5km time trial race track, with the winners progressing to the finals where ultimate bragging rights are at stake.

Following close behind will be the motor racing clubs of KwaZulu-Natal, which will include the fastest production VWs, Opels, Porsche Club and Seats from around the province.

All cars in each class will be given a chance to clock the fastest time on the Motorsport South Africa approved track, with the preliminary rounds taking place on Saturday 14 September, and the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and ultimate finals taking place on Sunday.

In addition to the racing action, event-goers will have the chance to witness show and shine competitions, 4×4 displays, dyno tuning competitions, sound offs, and general exhibitions taking place around the precinct over the two days of the Edusport-run event.

Heading up the Super Car Class will be Ross Crichton of Super Car Lifestyle, who will be bringing some of his clients’ most coveted rides.

“We have a Lamborghini Gallardo, a Ferrari 458, and a Maserati Gran Turismo Sportline – the only one in the country – coming from Durban and Johannesburg,” said Crichton.

Handling some of the V8 muscle will be Tony Martin from Backdraft Racing, who specialises in the construction of the iconic Cobra.

“We will be competing in the Muscle Class and will bring down three cars, one powered by a Lexus engine, one by a turbo-charged Lexus engine, and one by a Chevrolet V8,” said Martin.

One of the drivers taking part in Ballito Street Heroes is professional racer Shaun Duminy, who is part of the Ford Racing set up in the Bridgestone Production Car Championships.

Having been behind the wheel of a race car since 2005, Duminy has climbed the ladder of local motorsport and currently drives the new Ford Focus EcoBoost when he is on the track.

Before the Ford team, Duminy cut his teeth in the Super Saloon Championship, where he took many a podium position while learning the ropes of professional racing. With his slew of good performances, he eventually joined Ford and made his debut in the production car series in 2007, driving an Icon.

Duminy would then go on  to pilot the desirable Focus ST. Unfortunately for Duminy, a snapped Achilles tendon earlier in the year forced him to take time out from the sport, but he has since made a full recovery and is back to his winning ways.

“I am 100 percent excited for this event and am really looking forward to it,” said Duminy, adding the Ford team would be bringing down a tuned, road legal Ford Focus RS, as well as a Ford race car to the track.

This past weekend saw drivers preparing for the imminent track action in Ballito, as a few coveted spots still remain available for track time on the Laguna Seca circuit.

The fastest man to test the course was Dave Rabi, who blitzed the competition in a time of 53.59 seconds in his custom made track car, powered by a Suzuki Hayabusa motorbike engine.

The tubular frame for his ride is modelled similarly to the Aerial Atom, and gave Rabi the edge he needed to clock the fastest time.

“It was great fun,” Rabi said. “The track is quite intimidating with its concrete barriers, but I hope I will be able to compete well on the race weekend.”

In second place in his 1000bhp Nissan Skyline GTR was Jade Gutzeit, who is looking forward to pleasing the crowd in his highly modified ride.

“It is a tight track and the chicanes come fast at 200km/h, but we are looking to have some fun on the weekend and I am going to give it a good go.”

For the petrol heads who want a first class experience during the Ballito Street Heroes event, corporate hospitality packages are available – which include private, tented seating overlooking the start/finish line, lunch, canapés, drinks, alcoholic beverages, escorted pit walks, and entry to the precinct – from R1250 per person, excluding VAT.

For more information go to www.streetheroes.co.za or www.edusport.co.za. Find the event on Twitter @streetheroessa, or on Facebook under Street Heroes SA.

Tickets for the Ballito Street Heroes event can be purchased from iTickets.co.za from R120 per person for general entry, and R190 for entry and grandstand seating.

Kiddies Zone also forms part of the Activity Zone. Children between the ages of 6-12 pay R50 and all Children 5 years and below will be free.

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