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Cape Town local thrills home crowd as he dethrones ‘Sam Sam’

The Mother City came alive with smoke and tyre-burning action on Saturday as it hosted an action-packed fifth edition of Red Bull Shay’ iMoto, with local Chadwin ‘Boksie’ Hadjie emerging victorious in Cape Town.

“This is the most amazing feeling,” the elated Capetonian, who finished runner-up in 2021, said after the win. “I’ve been fighting hard over the past few years and finally the win has come,” he added.

The Capetonian finished as runner-up in the 2021 event when he lost out to Samkeliso ‘Sam Sam’ Thubane in the final and was also eliminated in the 2022 semi-final by Sam Sam, who went on to successfully defend his title in the final.

Following its hiatus in 2023, the event, recognised as the pinnacle of organised spinning events in the country, returned in 2024 and was hosted in Cape Town for the very first time. The specially created venue in the carpark at Canal Walk was sold out and saw a record-breaking 4 000 people fill the grandstands.

The Cape Town motorsport faithful were not disappointed and witnessed some amazing feats of car-handling and driving theatre through the specially designed course.

DAREDEVIL DRIVERS LEAVE CAPE TOWN IN A SPIN

The country’s top 16 drivers gathered on Friday, 15 March for qualifying rounds which saw the field whittled down to the top eight. These eight battled it out in four quarter-final match-ups, all showing exceptional car control, technical skills and flair.

In the end, Boksie left the four judges (Vernon ‘Veejaro’ Hendricks, Jeff James, Magesh Ndaba and Shahiem Bell) and the audience (who as a collective acted as the fifth judge using specially-coloured LED wristbands to vote) on the edge of their seats as he outclassed two-time defending champ ‘Sam Sam’ with some amazing feats in the final battle. 

As motorsport goes, it wasn’t without its challenges for Boksie however: “On the first day out, we broke a steering rack,” the champ said. “The team fixed that but we didn’t have any test runs, so I was happy to qualify for the top eight. Then on Saturday, we broke our wheel studs, fortunately, my pit crew fixed that, along with a few other issues, and we could push through.”

“I was so impressed with the Cape Town crowd. As soon as the car came out all I could see were blue lights — they were amazing. Thank you.”

Boksie holds up his trophy. Image: Mpumelelo Macu via Red Bull Content Pool.

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