Full day’s local motor racing set to thrill
Cape Town race fans can look forward to another great day’s action, when a full program of midwinter car and bike racing goes down at Killarney’s fifth round Wingfield Motors Power Series races Saturday 9 June. And with a broad variety of everything from super-fast Pirelli Sports & GTs to the wild Burly Pro GTi Challenge, thundering V8 Masters and Makita Supercars to the entertaining Mikes Place Clubmans, three epic RST Suzuki South motorcycle races there will be action aplenty. Add some Cape Classics and Shatterfix Fine Cars pedigree and the speed of the Formula Libre single seaters and there’s also something for everyone.
Starting with the quickest, Dawie Joubert has displayed storming pace in recent Pirelli Sports and GT races, but his rapid Lotus Honda has also proven fragile to allow the likes of Andre Bezuidenhout, Sandro Biccari and Colin Plit’s Junos a look in and with Marcel Angel and his Ferrari on upcountry endurance duty this weekend, those four should fight it out for top honours. Expect Humble’s wieldy Mallock to take on Clinton Thorne’s wild Seven, Gary Kieswetter (Porsche) and Craig Jarvis (Viper) in Class B, Andre Brink (Porsche) to be quick in Class C, Glen Uitenbogaard (Stingray) and Gavin Gorman (Nardini) to tussle in Class D and Cyril Ginsburg and Steve McCarthy (Nissan 350Z) to do battle in Class E.
Taking about quick classes, Cape Town’s super-fast Suzuki South Superbikes always guarantee excellent two-wheel action, where Brandon Haupt’s Yamaha and David McFadden’s Kawasaki can be relied on to fight it out cat and dog in the big banger class with Trevor Westman (Kawasaki) and Gerrit Visser (Yamaha) in close attendance. Hayden Jonas and Kewyn Snyman are the main 600 protagonists while Quinton Ebden and Rob Cragg will fight for Masters honours.
Danie Maritz is the man to beat on his classic Suzuki in the RST Trac Mac Classic & Clubmans bikeson his classic Suzuki, where Chris Williams (Ducati), Shamier Alexander (Yamaha), Jacques Brits (BMW), John Kosterman (Suzuki) and Class B frontrunner Wayne Arendse will be out to do just that and beat him. JP Friederich (Suzuki) is another rider to beat in the RST Trac Mac 650 Powesport Motorcycles, where Kawasaki quintet Chris Williams, Mike van Rensburg, Ezio Miglietta, Tony Rodrigues and Andrew Thompson are out to get him, while Kewyn Snyman (KTM), Zante Otto (Yamaha) and Connor Hagan (KTM) will fight for 300cc honours.
Moving over to the wild side, rest assured of mad action in the Burly Pro GTi Challenge, where all three class championships are wide open following most drivers suffering win and miss seasons so far. Jano van der Westhuizen (Polo Vivo) should have Jurie Swart Jr. (Polo Classic) back on his case in Class A, over and above Polo Cup quartet Paulus Franken, Johan Pretorius, Francois van Tonder and Colin Nicholas Meder, while Chris Roberts (Jetta) will be keen to start after the lights go out this time. Overall championship leader and winner last time out Eden Thompson (Golf 1) is out to take Class B again, but he will have Gideon Serfontein (Golf 2) Mario Roux and Divan Lazarus’s Jettas and Grant Cloete (Polo Classic) on his case.
The mad all-Golf 1 GTi Class C Brat Pack is hoping to finally start and race on its own this weekend, where class leader Marco Busi will be keen to get one back over last race winner, younger brother Dario, but there is a gang of others licking their wounds and looking for a decent result at last in the baby class. They include Bryan Morgan, Jacques Geldenhuys, Shane Williams, Christopher Swart, Giordano Lupini and Brett Roach, while Alfie van Zyl will be keen to continue his fine from last time out.
Danie van Niekerk and his BMW will be out for revenge in Mike’s Place Clubmans after letting the Golfs of Shane du Toit, Brennon Green and Michael le Sueur off the hook lat time out, while Paul Munnik will be looking for more of the same success in Class B. Johan Pretorius is the form man in his Class C Polo, while Damien Lopez’ Polo Classic and Clifford Bacon (BMW) continue their Class D spat. Anton Jacobs (Sentra) and Gilberto Nobrega (Ikon) won the last two Class E races and Willie Gouws (Polo) should be in the Class F battle, while Cody Alberts (BMW) and John du Toit (Golf) will find new rivals after winning in first-timer Class X last time out.
Fabio Tafani has dominated the V8 Masters of late and with old rival Marcel Angel elsewhere indisposed next week, he will have to fight with the likes of Stephen Young, Richard Schreuder, Brian Evans and Mark Ridgway as Peet van der Walt takes on Tim Reddell in the Silver class A little further back, Andrew Moffitt, Glen Phillips and Jarryd Evans will take on Ryan McCarthy, Jaco Lambert and Jarryd Evans in Makita Supercars, where Shane Smith and Martin Bensch chase Silver honours and Nashrene Schloss and Stuart Spooner tussle in the Bronze class.
Cape Town’s Formula Libre singlle-seater races are becoming better supported and more entertaining by the race, but Dee-Jay Booysen remains the man to beat in his Dico-Toyota. Formula Ford men Claudio Piazza Musso and Andrew Rackstraw, Jaco Lambert (Formula VW) and Sean le Riche (Formula Renault) will be keen top do just that, while Formula Vee lads Byron Mitchell, Thomas van der Merwe, Cyril Somerville, Jason Greyling and Delano Fowler should put on their usual close fight a little further back.
Classic car fans will be thrilled by some high quality racing between some epic machinery in the Cape Classic Car races. Robin Forbes’ Corvette Stringray and Richard Quixley’s stunning Datsun 240Z, Franco Donadio’s indecent Escort RS, Sandro Biccari’s Jetta and Trevor Momberg’s Capri V6 are rapid and spectacular, while Dave Alhadeff’s Alfa Romeo GTA, Piet Matthee’s Porsche 944, Wayne Lotter in another Escort and Luane Hutchungs’ are among the many quick cars in the smaller classes.
Shatterfix Fine Cars is where Cape Town’s gentleman racers compete and while they race to the flag, it’s each driver’s handicap time that counts. Still, expect Porsche 944 trio Eric van der Merwe, Geoff Bihl and Piet Matthee to dice it out with the likes of Steve Bekkers Passat, Trevor Hutchings’ Scirocco, Deon Conradie in a Corolla Twin Cam, Elton Hurst (Skyline) and Arnold Lambert (Jetta).
The Killarney International Raceway is situated on Potsdam Road across the way from Killarney Gardens, Milnerton (with a MyCiti bus stop right at the gate), entrance is R80 per adult, students get in for R20 and under 12s free. Long-term forecasts predict changeable winter conditions — ideal for thrilling racing. See you at Killarney!