Motor sportsman extraordinaire and founder of Dezzi Raceway, Desmond Gutzeit has won the Colin Watling Award at the Bridgestone SA / South African Guild of Motoring Journalists Motor Sportsman of the Year competition. Gutzeit was recognised for his off-track contributions to South African motorsport in establishing a permanent facility in Dezzi and return circuit racing to KwaZulu Natal for the first time in 40 years.
A delighted Gutzeit was surprised at his honour. “I am humbled by this award and flattered and delighted by the recognition of our family’s contribution to motorsport through Dezzi Raceway,” Gutzeit admitted.
“Every Nominee was a likely winner this year and to be honest I was least expecting to win the Colin Watling award — it's a real honour and I would like to thank Bridgestone SA and the Guild for this recognition."
Gutzeit, who will travel to Knysna in May to defend his King of the Hill status at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb is also a regular racer and both his sons also compete regularly on two and four wheels. The family has developed Dezzi Raceway on its South Coast property over the past few years and the circuit last year hosted national, regional and endurance races at the facility on top of the facility being a national drifting championship over the past few years.
Gutzeit was one of six nominees for this year’s Colin Watling Award alongside fellow circuit owner, Mr. Zwartkops, Peter du Toit, Zwartkops and SA Rotax Max karting scion, Ed Murray, Toyota Motorsport boss and rally and Dakar manager, Glyn Hall, SA Cross Country Racing Commission President, Richard Schilling, and the man behind the Jaguar Simola Knysna Hillclimb, Ian Shrosbree.
(report Colin Windell)