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Jason Webb wins SD02 in Polokwane, South Africa. 2018
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JASON WEBB CROWNED 2018 SUPADRIFT SERIES CHAMPION

Oct 022018

It's been a busy year for Jason Webb, from starting the year driving in Finland with Riku Tahko and the boys, to taking the win at five out of six rounds in the National SupaDrift Series, we sit down with the recent 2018 drift champ to run through the highlights of his season and where he plans on heading next.

I'm really happy to be able have proved what the car, the team and I can do together.

Congrats on being back on top Jason, you must be so stoked. 2015 was your last championship win right? How has the road been to get back here?

That's right, 2015 was the last time I was SA champ, we took took a bit of a break from the nationals to explore some new opportunities the following year, one of them was heading over to Norway for the Gatbil event which was a really cool experience and my first time driving overseas. In 2017 I returned back to the SupaDrift series but ended up starting 2 rounds late because the build on the "Monstang" ended up taking much longer than expected, I was so excited to be back in the game and I ended up winning the rounds 3 and 4 back to back. I finished 3rd in the championship in 2017 because of the points I missed out on in the first 2 rounds. Still a good year overall. Now in 2018 we came in super prepared and I managed to pull 5 out of 6 wins in the championship, I'm really happy to be able have proved what the car, the team and I can do together. I was really gunning for the 6 - 6 so I was a bummed with what happened at Dezzi, but we'll take the 5. It still got us the title, and most importantly the Riaz Alibhai Cup.

Do you think having more support and a bigger team backing you has made a difference to your driving this year?

I think regardless of the support I'd always give it my all, no matter the sponsors, or vehicle I have. But yes, definitely having sponsors and good people backing you really does help with your confidence and worrying less about things, I mean, I still can't get over the feeling of driving an 800hp Ford Mustang, it's a dream come true. I guess that means I have to do well! 

retaining the Riaz Alibhai cup! It means a lot to me and it's always on my mind to bring home.

2018 season highlight?

My general highlight from the year would be going to Finland in February to hang out with the rest of the Monster Energy drift crew at Riku Tahko's place, we were driving on ice and just having a good time overall! On the racing series, my favourite moment would be the 5 out of 6 wins and retaining the Riyaz Alibhai cup! It means a lot to me and it's always on my mind to bring home.

Low point of the season?

Haha, I think we've had so many highs this year it's hard to think of anything that was a low point actually. Things have been pretty good. I've been on the podium pretty much every round, the only low I can think of would be Round 5 at Dezzi in KZN where I broke my winning streak by getting knocked out in the top 8. I was not happy.

All the effort I put in when I'm on the track, he does the same off the track. I wouldn't be able to do it without him.

You and your dad 'Speedy' Webb make a great team, what’s it like having your Dad as your mechanic?

Yeah we're a dream team. One thing about working with family is that they know you so well that you don't even need to communicate about the little things, he's knows his stuff and when changes need to be made on the car he just get's it done. Even rolling in from practise laps, he just knows what needs to be done to up the game. So yeah, I'd say the chemistry is pretty amazing. All the effort I put in when I'm on the track, he does the same off the track. I wouldn't be able to do it without him.

Your car is an absolute beast, have you managed to tame it?

Haha, we don't want to tame the beast, we want to unleash it ;)

I'm just working towards getting back overseas next year. That's what I really want to do.

What are your plans for the rest of the year?

We still got a few projects in the pipeline for the last few months of the year. I'd like to work on some fresh video content. We also have the Cape Town RX stop coming up on the 24th of November, I'll be doing some demos on the track in between the racing which is always a good time, then the following week I'll be heading to Joburg for Gymkhana GRiD on December 1st which I'll be competing at. I'm looking forward to both of those because they're pretty big events for me. Aside from that, I'm just working towards getting back overseas next year. That's what I really want to do.

This will be your second appearance at Gymkhana GRiD in December?

After getting to compete last year I realised just how damn competitive everyone is about it! It was an eye opener for sure. One thing we're pretty fortunate about is that we've just had Drift City in Cape which is pretty similar to the type of driving at GRiD. We changed the car quite a bit for that and were the fastest in practise, hell, we might've been the quickest on the day if I could've just stopped clipping cones. I'll definitely be bringing my A-game for GRiD and making the needed adjustments to the car to suit the course. So watch out Luke Woodham, that top step may be mine!  

Follow Jason and his drift adventures HERE and make sure to RSVP to Gymkhana GRiD as the event heads back to South Africa for round 2 on December 1st at Carnival City in Johannesburg.

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