7th ANNUAL GYMKHANA GRiD 2018 – seven things you need to know
One of the most hotly anticipated events in the motorsport calendar is not far around the corner. Before it accelerates into Johannesburg on 1 December, here are 7 things to know.
WHAT IS GYMKHANA?
Let’s cover the basics. Gymkhana, like any motor race, has a start, a finish, and some serious speed in between. To claim podium top spot, the drivers manoeuvre through a small course of cones, barriers and other obstacles in the fastest possible time.
HOW DID GYMKHANA START?
Before cars, gymkhana began with contestants on horseback racing around difficult courses, often having to pick up flags or navigate tough terrain and obstacles along the way.
HOW TO DRIVE GYMKHANA
Gymkhana drivers have more than your average vehicle control. Gymkhana requires advanced driving techniques in acceleration, braking, reversing, spin, grip, drifting and drag racing to minimise the time it takes to complete the course.
TELL ME MORE ABOUT DRIFTING
Drifting is where drivers purposely oversteer and lose traction of the rear (or all!) wheels as they round a corner. Often in opposite lock, the drivers must maintain control throughout. Failure to drift in designated sections of the GRiD course results in faults.
WHAT’S THE COURSE LIKE?
The clock is ticking from your first green light, so to get the ‘W’ you need a game plan: intense mental concentration and memorisation of the course are key. Take a look here at the track drivers face in Johannesburg.
WHO’S COMPETING IN JOHANNESBURG?
From American muscle to JDM power, feast your eyes on all types of metal as the best drivers from around the world bring their wheels to Gymkhana. Twenty-four petrolheads will battle it out in the Rear-Wheel Drive category and 19 will contest the All-Wheel Drive class. Here’s a complete list of competitors.
WHO TO WATCH
Godfather of the sport Ken Block will be in the headlights as he sets up to race in South Africa, along with returning champions Luke Woodham and Johan Kristoffersson. Block will be participating in the debut Smoke and Style, set to be faster and louder than any Gymkhana previous event!
Don’t miss any of the tyre-shredding action! It all kicks off at 9:00am GMT/4:00am ET on Saturday 1 December.
EDGEsport will be bringing you all the speed live from Johannesburg – see where you can catch it LIVE on our Facebook page here.