FOR the second year in a row, British drivers dominated Ken Block’s Gymkhana Grid competition, securing all three podium places in the rear-wheel drive category.
Luke Woodham won his fourth title in a row - despite driving the final with a broken alternator.
Mechanic Woodham had stripped his car of excess weight to gain an edge.
He beat fellow Brit Adam Elder, who’d shed 3 stone in bodyweight since competing last year.
“Three stone .. it’s a big difference,” Elder, the crowd favourite, told The Sun.
“Also the car’s quicker, running on race fuel. She’s in the best form she’s ever been in. Same as myself.”
Danny Cross took third place in a street legal car he’d built himself. “I feel awesome. Next year I’ll build a stronger car so I don’t snap shafts.”
They beat the world’s best, including Boyzone star Shane Lynch in a car with hand-drawn artwork based on his tattoos.
“You’ve got to see it. I never knew a car was capable of such things. The speeds, the angles. It’s mindblowing,” Lynch told The Sun.
Head Hoonigan Ken Block, whose Gymkhana videos have racked up gazillions of online video views, explains Monster Energy Gymkhana Grid: “For horse gymkhana it’s a technical way of riding horses.
"We do the same thing but with more horses. Horsepower.
“Gymkhana is a grassroots style motorsport, where you don’t need big budgets to race, like the WRC or World Rally Cross. You can drive a very quick car in a very fun way and in a much cheaper way. That’s what I enjoy.”
Champ Woodham explained: “Gymkhana is a completely different concept of racing. It has fireworks and lasers.
"It’s a spectacle to watch. It is timed, it is a real serious event. But there’s also a show side of it.”
Two cars compete, head to head, side-by-side, on identical courses. Racing between cones, tyres, and under plane wings the cars slide, smoke and screech to put in the fastest time.
It’s fast, loud and hot as hell under the South African sun.
British drift champ Steve Baggsy Biagioni suffered heatstroke on the starting line.
His car, stripped of air con to cut weight, turned into a 40C oven under the ferocious sun.
World Rallycross cars dominated the All-Wheel Drive category, with Johan Kristoffersson narrowly beating last year’s champ, rally legend Petter Solberg.
“2017 seems to be my year. You have to be strong mentally to be a champion.,” said Kristoffersson.
Host Ken Block came fourth, but also put on a great show burning rubber for the crowds between heats.
Other Brits battling for contention included Scot James Stephen - who raced a borrowed car when his blew up - stunt driver Terry Grant, who wowed the crowds standing on the roof of his F-Type while doing donuts, Jonathan Bucky Buck and Liam Doran.