The inaugural one-of-a-kind spinning competition, Red Bull Shay’ iMoto, had sixteen of South Africa’s most talented spinners battle for the championship title. After a smoking-hot final against Kayla Oliphant from Kimberly, Vernon “Veejaro” Hendricks from Nigel and took the title.
The contestants all had three minutes to wow spectators and judges with their best tyre-slaying skills. The competition consisted of 4 rounds – the first, a seeding round where the judges scored each spinner on driving skills and showmanship. In the subsequent rounds, the judges were joined by the voice of the crowd in deciding the spinning champion.
“It’s such a privilege to have won the first Red Bull Shay’ iMoto, I’m so emotional and cannot believe it,” commented Veejaro, “I’ve had an absolutely amazing day with amazing people, from the crowd to the pit crew to the organisers and it’s all thanks to God for making it possible,” he added.
Judges included respected industry spinners and opinion leaders Magesh Ndaba, Jeff James, Shahiem Bell and Sparky Hendricks.
“I’m really proud to have been part of such a ground-breaking competition that will pave the way for youth who have a passion for spinning. When I started, I never thought we’d eventually have international brands such as Red Bull creating opportunities for spinning to be further recognised as a sport,” said, Magesh Ndaba.
The event took place in front of an enthralled 4000-strong crowd at the Wheelz ‘n Smoke Arena in Johannesburg.