Joey Govender continues to grow in the world of drifting
Joey Govender is a drift car racer from Shallcross, Durban. Drifting is a driving technique that involves the driver intentionally putting his car into a controlled slide. By sliding the rear wheels through corners, you have successfully drifted. Such a driving technique can be seen in the movie Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift. Joey’s journey into racing started in 2001.
He started in smaller track events and slowly progressed from there.
“It was always something I wanted to do. When I first started it was a bit more difficult because spinning was popular, but drifting was generally newer and more challenging. It took me a lot of practice and tries to get to the level I am in now,” he said.
Govender competes in the Super Drift Series and is currently 8th out of 33 drivers.
“The level of competition gets better every year so it’s important for me to constantly be evolving and improving my skills as a driver. There are always improvements to make on the car as well. To compete you have to adapt and better yourself.”
A drift car is specially modified for the extreme style of driving, this is not a car that can be purchased from a dealership and it is not for everyday use.
“The car is a Nissan 200sx s13. The engine has been upgraded to a Toyota 2JZ motor, a Nissan 350z gear box, side shafts custom clutch and a custom suspension. The car has gone through numerous upgrades, but this is the nature of an ever-evolving sport. It took me a few years to build up the car to where it is but more still needs to be done for me to improve,” stated Govender.
Govender mentioned his most recent achievements.
“I was placed third in KZN last year as well as winning the Driver of the Weekend in a Cape Town event. I am very proud of these achievements and wish to build on them going forward”, he said.
The advice that Govender gives to others interested in drifting is to never give up
“It is extremely difficult at times. More so during the lockdown when all motor sports were cancelled. The actual downsides are mainly financially. The cost to run the car and other expenses are a challenge but if you are good at drifting and develop skills a sponsor will come along. If you are passionate about the sport, success will follow you,” concluded Govender.
Picture: Joey Govender