Quintin van Jaarsveld
The Margate driver may have missed out on the national title to Jason Webb, but he earned the prestigious driver prize after another outstanding year behind the wheel of his Lil Rich Toyota Soarer.
Puren featured in five of the six finals this year, his only early exit coming when mechanical issues forced him out prior to the Top 16 stage in the first of two stops at Dezzi South Coast Raceway in June.
He registered four runner-up results, including Saturday’s second place finish in Johannesburg, and claimed his maiden win in fitting fashion when the national drifting championship returned to the South Coast at the start of September.
His great form saw him complete a trophy treble as he retained the KwaZulu-Natal championship title.
“I’m really happy with taking second overall in the national series as there are so many great drivers who set the bar high this year,” Puren told eHowzit.
“I’m glad to finish first in KwaZulu-Natal again and being named Driver of the Year means a lot. All the hard work we put in as a team has paid off.
“I must say, this to me was the best year of drifting yet. All the drivers came together to drive and have fun. Thanks to the SupaDrift crew for an awesome year and for all the hard work behind the scenes to make this awesome series happen.
“A big thank you to my wife and family for all the support throughout the season.
“Without my amazing sponsors, none of this would be possible, so a big thanks to Vano’s BMW Parts Centre, Quattro Audi Parts Centre, Tyremart Shelly Beach, East Coast Scratch and Dent, Sun International, Wild Coast Sun, Durban Used Spares, No Sweat Racing, Auto Collision, Sharpline Graphics, M Projects, Lenzo Renegade Racing and Zestino Tyres.”
It was a good year for the Puren family as a whole, as Gavin’s brother Brendan finished 10th in the championship, while father Trevor clinched the Pro 1 championship.
“It’s great that my dad won as well. He really enjoyed driving in the Pro 1 Series as he’s able to get a little more seat time and it’s really paying off,” said Puren.
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