Speedy Snowy steals the show at the Nitro Raceway

Yvonne ‘Snowy’ Hlongwane on the track to racing glory.

Hlongwane, who recently became the first South African black woman to drag race, clocked a quarter-mile time of 12 seconds dead with a top speed of 195km/h in her manager’s Nissan Skyline GT-R.

A quarter mile is equivalent to 400m.

Her manager, Isabel Greyvensteyn, who races in the same class as Snowy, finished second, in 11.1 and 210km/h, behind Ernest Roberts, who blew the track in 9.9 seconds at a top speed of 226km/h.

Hlongwane and Greyvensteyn’s relationship goes beyond the racing track. The former has been the latter’s domestic helper since 2009, before being asked to help with some of Nitro Raceway’s big events. Greyvensteyn is also the Nitro Raceway promoter.

Snowy soon grew interested in learning the sport after witnessing her manager in action several times.

In May, Snowy was told that she would race in the Nissan Skyline GT-R and although she was understandably nervous at first, she quickly learned how the timing of the race lights worked and she was off on her own. And here we are.

Hlongwane is from Lakefield, Benoni. The raceway will next host an event on August 6.

AWC 6 CYL Class results:

1 Ernest Roberts (9.9 seconds/ 226km/h).

2 Isabel Greyvensteyn (11.1 seconds/ 210km/h).

3 Casper Walker (11.3 seconds/ 201km/h).

4 Yvonne Hlongwane (12 seconds/ 195km/h) – @SabeloBoksburg

Sabelo Mashego
Sports Journalist

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