Local drifter competes internationally

2019-12-03 06:00
JP Smith hands over a suit to chief executive officer of the Goodhope Construction Racing Outlaw Series, Ismail Rajah. PHOTO: NoMZAMO YUKU

JP Smith hands over a suit to chief executive officer of the Goodhope Construction Racing Outlaw Series, Ismail Rajah. PHOTO: NoMZAMO YUKU

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The City of Cape Town congratulated local drifter from the Goodhope Construction Racing Outlaw Series (GHC) on scoring a spot in the prestigious FIA International Drifting Cup in Japan. The City donated racing suits to the team who travelled overseas to support the driver, Juan Stemmet on Monday 18 November.

Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith said the City would continue to support sport, especially rare codes. He said motor racing is putting Cape Town and the country on the map.

Another title sponsor is Total South Africa. Its regional sales manager, Renier Pieterse, added that Stemmet’s talent has to be nurtured.

Stemmet received an acceptance letter to the competition held at Tsukuba Circuit from Friday 29 November to Sunday 1 December. He was already in Japan at the time of the handover.

Joined by the co-founder of GHC, Raziek Rajah, Stemmet is the first local drifter to participate in the FIA Cup. The seven-member support team left on Tuesday 26 November.

Rajah, who is also an executive producer of the Razor Custom Car Show, said they applied and received an acceptance letter on Tuesday 24 September. The team then had to prepare and source sponsorship to make the trip a reality. Rajah said this is their first time at the annual competition.

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