Mano Zvegolis in his modified Castrol HP Lubes sponsored Toyota Mr2 prevailed over Terry Alberry‘s railcar in the elimination round of the final event of the country’s most popular and exciting motor racing competition the 2018 HP/Lubes Castrol Drag Racing Series at Donnybrook.
There was action galore on Sunday during the exciting drag racing series over the quarter mile distance of just over 400 metres although the 10 second barrier was once again proved difficult to beat.
No new records were set but the fastest time of the day of 10.4 recorded by Terry Alberry from Bulawayo with his popular railcar proved to be the time to beat.
“I have made two qualifying runs and clocked 10,47 seconds with his vehicle which was built in Bulawayo during the 1970s and runs on methanol. I do not think I will be able to break the 10 seconds barrier due to the prevailing hot conditions which are not ideal for this car, in fact top hits can be achieved during cool conditions which are ideal,” said Terry.
Among the serious top competitors were Mano Zvegolis in his Toyota Mr2 had a time of 10,6 seconds over the quarter mile distance while the Ajara brothers in their SA registered BMW x6 and m5 had 12,4 seconds.
Alan Cacase’s time of 11.2 secs set in his AC cobra was easily eclipsed by Mano Zvegolis who top speed of 215.14 km/hr in his HP Lubes sponsored modified Toyota Mr2 to clock 10,6 seconds the second fastest time after Alberry’s time of 10,4 seconds in the railcar.
Young karting sensation 14 year-old Zachary ‘Zac’ Dufty fresh from beating all competition at the karting circuit also demonstrated how powerful his little engine is with a time of 14,3 seconds and top speed of 120 km/hr.
“Am loving my new kart, Ihave been sweeping all before me at the racetrack here at Donnybrook and in SA where I am competing…I love the thrill of speed…the freedom and independence when am on the track,” said Zac.
Darryl Carlsson who eclipsed Phil Archenoul record of 10,2 seconds for the superbikes on his Suzuki GSXR 1000 won the battle of the bikes.
The introduction of a national competition series proved to be a huge event as the small group proved to be standout performers, who are committed with the development of new and improved cars.
A new second rail car is being built and expected next season to compete against Terry Alberry’s.
The resurfaced straight quarter-mile stretch of the track once again proved beyond doubt that the event is one of the most popular on the local motorsports calendar drawing thousands of fans to Donnybrook Park on Sunday.