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Thursday practise shots from Gymkhana Grid 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Ennätykset laitettiin uusiksi kun Saito & Kristofersson nappasivat GRID 2018 voitot

Nov 30-0001

Johannesburgin auringon laskiessa kilpailu tiivistyi ja palaneen kumin käry leijjaili vahvana ilmassa. Gymkhana GRID oli uskomaton, kaasu pohjassa alusta loppuun! Ei taida olla toista kilpailua jossa pääsee näkemään näin upeita +1000 hevosvoimaisia kilpa-autoja ajamassa kisaa mies miestävastan ja tietnkin kokoajan kumia polttaen.

Gymkhana GRID:n yksinkertainen kilpailukaavio ei jätä paljoakaan painoarvoa varikkopuheille vaan paremmuus mitataan raa'asti radalla. Pölyn ja kuminkäryn hälvettyä meillä oli jälleen kaksi voittajaa tiedossa jotka saavat nimensä kunnoitettuun Gymkhana GRID Hall of Fame:een.

Japanin lahja drifting maailmalle; Daigo Saito suorastaan dominoi takaveto-luokkaa ukkosen lailla örjyvällä 1000 hevosvoimasella Corvetellaan. 38-vuotias V8-kuski paransi lentoaan erä erältä ja nappasi päivän aikana päänahat Rano Barnardtilta, Dimitry Illyukilta, Steve Baggsyltä sekä finaalissa vielä kirsikkana Jason Webb:ltä.


1 - Daigo Saito

2 - Jason Webb

3 - Luke Woodham


1 - Johan Kristoffersson

2 - Petter Solberg

3 - Oliver Solberg




Ensi vuonna kilpailu kiristyy myös Euroopassa koska tulemme näkemään kaikkien aikojen ensimmäisen Gymkhana GRID Euroopan kiertueen!

“I wanted to come to Gymkhana GRiD to prove my speed, and also the speed of my Corvette, and I think I managed this! My team and I were a little nervous as we had some technical concerns over the course of the competition - I had a differential issue first and then also problems with the handbrake. We had some great help from Jason Webb’s father - so a big thank-you to him, because without his local knowledge we probably wouldn’t have been able to continue. It was a lot of fun to hang out with so many of the Monster athletes at the same time too. I hadn’t seen Baggsy since we worked on BattleDrift 2, so it was fun watching him drive in competition! He was actually quicker than me right up the ball section when we went head to head in the semis; which had me panicked for a little bit, as I really wanted to beat him! Overall I’m really happy to have won Gymkhana GRiD on my first try - It’s a very fun event, and I’ve very much enjoyed all the driving! The Smoke and Style sections of the competition were a lot of fun, as that allowed me to link more drift sections which is my natural style. However to get the quick times I had to be very accurate and neat with my driving style, which is not so easy with all the power from my Corvette!”

“It’s actually unbelievable what has gone down today. Progressing through the battles I was looking at the names that I was racing against and it’s just awesome. Racing against Luke was super fun; it was a shame for him getting the penalty but I kept it super clean and will take the win for sure in that battle. It was a dream come true to drive with Ken and Daigo in the Smoke and Style show - it’s just been a really really good week! With international drivers and media coming here to South Africa, not to mention the livestream and television broadcasts it’s definitely helping our motorsport scene. We have so many talented drivers here in South Africa and the key is getting those guys to race overseas and then also having the international talent to come and race here like we have this weekend. A massive thank-you to everyone involved in GRiD, it’s just been fantastic!”

It’s been unbelievable, another year another Gymkhana GRiD - everyone really knocked it out of the park. I knocked myself out though, and that’s how it goes, isn’t it? Congratulations to Daigo - he’s such a great driver! Congratulations to Jason [Webb] too he drove really well. I always figured Daigo would be fast, but when he posted the quick times he did in qualifying I was a bit surprised - he did a really fantastic job. I drove the absolute hardest I could this weekend and I’ve had the best time. Gymkhana GRiD has been amazing. Four titles was a good streak for sure, but trust me; next year, I’ll be back faster and stronger than ever before. I’ve had a podium for every Gymkhana GRiD since day one, so I’m really proud still. Congratulations to all of the drivers and the team organising the event; the paddock and track have been amazing - and it’s a privilege to be sat here again amongst such strong competition! I cant wait for next year now!”

"I’m really stoked to be here to be honest - and I don’t use that word very often at all! I’m just super happy to be here; both Cape Town for World RX and now Johannesburg for Gymkhana GRiD has treated us really well. Two years in a row now I’ve been able to get the win - I’m so happy. During the last run against Petter I was actually pretty dry in my mouth because I figured Petter was going to put on a hell of a run and quick time. Big thanks to the team - they have really done such a great job. It’s pretty emotional actually - because this is the last competition this year with my car - Wilma I call it - and I really think she’s the best car in the world. Two rallycross world championships and now two Gymkhana GRiDs; what more can you ask for?”

“It’s been so great here in South Africa again - the whole atmosphere, the way it was organised, the passion from all of the drivers is fantastic. Getting Oliver on the podium also is unbelievable for me. I think it was a really big test from his as a driver; to push through problems, and keep resetting yourself for each run to keep on the pressure. I think if he’d have hit the clipping point ball obstacle he could have maybe taken me! It was so close. From the data we can see that from the start line to the first corner there was around a five-tenths gap. That’s just acceleration from my car to his, so his driving has been very very impressive to get the times he did! He’s done a fantastic job motivating his team - I’m just so proud of him! It’s been hard work in the car but really really good fun also!”