Drag racer death: ‘Nothing wrong with car’

2008-05-26 00:00

The business partner of drag racer Gert Vorster, who died on Sunday during a drag race in Durban when his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII hit a tree at more than 200 km/h, says there was nothing wrong with the vehicle, but the road surface was not very good.

Preggie Govender, the co-owner with Vorster of Frieling Racing, said Vorster crossed the quarter-mile mark successfully, but then lost control.

“The course surface was not very good and it looked as if the back of the vehicle began swaying when he braked.”

Govender said Vorster had taken part in the Tarlton drag races the week before, and successfully completed six quarter miles in the same vehicle.

“There was nothing wrong with the car.”

Govender said there were barricades only along the first 400 m of the racing track.

“The drivers need this length again to come to a halt and for this distance there were no barricades.”

In another accident, a 17-year-old from Helderkruin in western Johannesburg had a narrow escape on Sunday night when he sped away from police at an illegal drag race.

One of the other participants in the race crashed into the boy’s Golf.

“I then lost control and collided with one of the Metro police vehicles,” the boy said yesterday.

His mother said yesterday she is glad that her only child is safe, but wants people to realise how dangerous illegal drag racing is.

The boy will appear in the Brixton Magistrate’s Court today on charges of reckless driving and driving without a licence.

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