Local drifters to compete in Pretoria

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Mohalenyane Phakela

LOCAL BMW 90s 3-series model spinners, Auto SlipDiff Association will represent Lesotho at the spin and drift contest at Mahem Raceway in Pretoria, South Africa on 29 April.

They will showcase their stunts against their Swazi, Tswana and South African counterparts at the event which has been dubbed the ‘Battle of the Nations Spinning and Drifting’.

As hosts, South Africa will have a larger representation featuring the likes of Eddie Rasta, Sosh Spin Kingz, Austin, Muzi, Feroz, Sunesh, Jeff, Lentja, Maswaya, Magesh, Skopaz, Smash, Bekzin, Msweswe, Ziko, Ghost, Marcus 360, T-Playa, Zee, Muzi, Feroz and Brian-Sto among others. Botswana will be represented by General and Sheriff while Swaziland will be represented by Team Swazi.

Auto SlipDiff spokesperson, Thabo Mokonenyane this week told the Weekender that they were ready for the challenge.

“Auto SlipDiff has been represented twice before by one of our members, Lithebe Tlali who is based in Bloemfontein,” Mokonenyane said, adding they had never participated as a team because they did not have enough cars and funds.

“This time we are prepared to compete with the hordes of spinners who will be there. We have three cars reserved for the show and we have been practising every week.

“The South African spinners have a similar style of drifting cars. It is just that they have the financial support of people and companies that understand the sport so most of their cars have a management system installed on them which is quite expensive for us to afford.

“This is the kind of system which allows a car to easily perform different stunts but then they respect us in that we can match their skill using just our standard cars.”

Mokonenyane said their dream was to be host shows of that magnitude but it was “just that we are disadvantaged in terms of showgrounds and sponsorship because just like any artistes, spinners charge whenever they are billed to perform”.

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