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Car drifting leaves the city in a spin

28 March 2012 | Emmanuel Kwinda

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POLOKWANE - The smell of burning rubber hung in the air at the Polokwane Spin City spinning and drifting event held at the show grounds on Saturday.
 The  event  saw  many  drifting and  spinning  masters   from different parts of the country  coming together   to  wrestle for the top spot.
Although Mpumalanga was the overall winner, the  locals did not disappoint and many   headed home with trophies    and  prize money, after taking one of the top positions in the different categories. Each participant received a silver medal to thank them for their participation.
 Local spinner, Hemesh Kuber, better known as Hammoo the Rasta went home  with a trophy and R5 000 after coming first  in the  free style category, while  Lazzy Sephuma of  Saofiwa Masters Motors from Seshego  went home with a trophy  and    R3 000 for second  position and Brian Tshali of Team Y and Sons  received  a trophy and   R2 000 for coming third.
In the free style category  drivers  are given  a chance  to display their creativity  in spinning and drifting,  including their  original stunts.
In the  main  category   of  driving skills,   drivers must    spin  between two planted  cones.  Sunesh Pursod from Mpumalanga, of Speed and Sound Spin Army   went home with R5 000 and a  gold trophy   after  winning the category on points.
  Hammoo the Rasta  scooped another   trophy in this category for taking second place and   Mpumalanga based, young  spinner Samkeliso Thubane (14) of the Numbi Gate Spin City team scooped third position.
Other  spinners who received trophies for taking part in the event are:  Dawood Lahri of LTM Spin Masters, General, Paxly, Ahmed  Lahri, RBM of Sosh Spin Kingz.
 Sunesh also won the overall prize and told Express it has  always been his dream to win a trophy for spinning.
 "I am  happy spinning is  beginning to gain respect   and  that it is  becoming more  competitive," he said.
 The organiser,   Feroz Casiem    of Team Y  and sons  said the  participants are   excited that spinning is now recognised as a sport.
 He said  the  sport is no different from   other sporting codes, as it has  rules  that guide  the players and  ensure the safety of the drivers and spectators.
"We are happy  the sport is growing in popularity, but we urge everyone to remember not to try this at home because it is illegal to spin on public roads."
To take part in the sport you must have a spinning license.

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