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Michelin Cup Event

Round 3

Drag Racing - 400m

Drag Racing at Smile Raceway


For this third round of the 2017 Michelin Cup series, it was time for the competitors to attack the 400m stretch to try and post some respectable times.

The event was initially planned to take place at Odi, but organisers found the Smile Raceway in Bronkhorstspruit, also known as the Extreme Raceway, to be the perfect setting to host this leg of the series.

The drive to the track was brilliant, main roads with smooth tar and no potholes. This drive gave off a pretty decent breakfast-run vibe. The track was a little narrow, but other than that it was a great venue. 

The weather was HOT! This saw some of the cars struggle to lay down the times they usually do, but it was hot for everyone so it was an equal playing field. By the end of the day, the fastest cars on the strip came from the Subaru camp, with two of them in deep into the 11-second bracket. That's insane; especially when you consider that the cars are mainly track-focused builds.

Our money was on Riaan Esterhuysen's red turbo-charged Honda for the fastest car of the day. We've seen it run up quick times before, but on this track it was struggling to get traction. A few runs even left black stripes along most of the quartermile. Not ideal for times, but for the spectators it was great to see and hear.

Once again, it was a great day out for the Michelin Cup competitors. The way the event was run saw everyone getting in multiple runs, something that doesn't usually happen at events like these. The decision to use Smile Raceway was definitely a winner, we are sure to see this track being used again for future events.