Chilly but Hot Racing at Killarney

9 August 1945 is possibly the date that had the greatest influence on the world as we know it today as this was the day that Bockscart dropped Fat Boy on the Japanese city of Nagasaki, forcing the unconditional surrender of the Japanese and the ending of World War II. That was seventy three years ago, and still the world cannot live in peace.

Killarney International Raceway is most fortunately a family friendly environment and the annual Women’s Day races would comprise round six of the Wingfield Motors Regional Championship series, with eighteen events on the busy itinerary. Fortunately Mother Nature favoured these actions and produced lap record quality weather for the day with some of the best racing ever witnessed at Killarney!

Formula Libre

Dee-Jay Booysen finally got it all together and simply vanished into the distance with his neat Bidvest Toyota / Dico racing Suzuki Hyabusa powered RM08, posting a quickest lap of 1min15.430 before taking the checkered flag in both heats. Though this may have seemed dominant it was also most encouraging to note that the numbers, and standards in class C, continued to improve and that goal of having 20 competitive Formula Vee entries now seem realistic.

Byron Mitchell second overall in his Dolphin Engineering Racing VW Forza 1.4 with Thomas van der Merwe literally flying his Project 8 Installers VW Arrow 1.4 into third spot. Sean le Riche fourth in the historic Seleka Racing Formula Renault with veteran racer, Cyril Somerville, fifth in his Dolphin Engineering Racing VW Sting 1.4. Lady racer, Isabelle Fowler, sixth in her VW Lantis 1.4.

RST Trac Mac Powersport Motorcycles

Chris Williams proved to be on form aboard his Trac Mac Kawasaki ER650 , winning the Powersport 650 category overall from the Simple Maintenance Solutions Kawasaki ER650 of a determined Mike van Rensburg. Ezio Miglietta set pole position aboard his Kawasaki ER650 but had to settle for third place behind the veterans. Joske Kotzé returned aboard his rebuilt Suzuki SV650 and was content with fourth place having had a rather nasty fall in Damps during the previous meeting. Dave Wainwright and Kevin Spratley, both on Kawasaki ER640 machines, fifth and sixth respectively.

Connor Hagan a somewhat surprising winner of the Powersport 300 category aboard his NPH Electrical KTM RC390 with class favourite Kewyn Snyman breaking a chain after four laps of the second heat. Lady racer, Zanté Otto, second aboard her pink Yamaha with Jessen Samaai third aboard his KTM RC390, Gareth Dawson fourth aboard another KTM RC390 and Jason Linaker fifth aboard his Samurai Racing Kawasaki Ninja 300. Mitch Robinson completing the top six aboard his Mag Workshop KTM RC390.

Shatterfix Fine Cars & Classic Cars

Arnold Lambert claimed both heats in his super consistent VW Jetta 1.8 but was kept honest by the returning M Saich / Boadway Cars Toyota Corolla 1.6 of Elton Hurst. Unfortunately an oil leak saw the Toyota black flagged from the lead in heat two. Invitational racer, Günther Appelgryn, continued to impress by running a strong second in his bright green No 13 BMW E36 325i with Jan Koekemoer also looking pretty handy in third with the neat Mazda RX7. Niel Mouton consistent in fourth spot with the Rhino Linings Durbanville Alfa Romeo Guilia.

Classic Cars continued to flourish and the top of the results it was the impressive Donadio Plant Hire Ford Escort MkI BDA 2.3 of Franco Donadio that entertained the crowd from lights to flag. If ever pleasure was visible on track this man was having a ball behind the wheel of the magical Escort. Erik Mouton another showing great form in Battlestar Galactica, the massive Mouton’s Motors Chevrolet De Ville 6.3. Really looking and sounding great the big Chev finally came to life and that Escort better beware!

Paul Dalton made the most of the great handling of his Sympli Consult VW Scirocco to claim third with Eric van der Merwe and the Lynx Motorsport Porsche 944T slotting into fourth. Louis Powell and the Y151 replica Barloworld N1 City Ford Escort MkI 2.0 having to settle for fifth overall whilst the Intellibus class B winning Alfa Romeo GTAm replica of Dave Alhadeff managed sixth overall. Wayne Lotter seventh overall in his class B Globe Trotter Tours Ford Escort MkI 2.0. Unfortunately Sandro Biccari did rather extensive damage to his normally very neat VW Scirocco, running wide through Malmesbury and then rolling.

Deon Conradie claimed class C in his Serge Damseaux replica Garage 86 Toyota Conquest RSi Twin Cam with veteran, Keith Schenck, second in his Schenck Motorsport VW Jetta MkI 1.8. Dr Geoff Bihl (Lynx Motorsport) and Piet Matthee (Technofill Racing) third and fourth respectively in their Porsche 944 cars.  Bryon Bedien claimed class D in his Datsun 1200 GX.

Mike’s Place Clubmans Cars

With a little imagination one could have mistaken the two E30 Beemers coming through Fastron corner as the works 535 Wesbank versions of Tony Viana and Deon Joubert but though Anwar Levy and Mansoor Parker certainly drove well it was Paul Munnik who impressed most in his Audi & VW Auto Clinic VW Golf MkI enroute to second overall. Anwar levy led the boost brigade and completed the day as overall victor in his Armien Levy Motorsport E30 BMW Turbo with Mansoor Parker in third with his very similar looking vehicle. Billy Brink fourth in his VW Golf MkII Turbo whilst John Kirsten managed a great fifth overall in his class C VW Golf MkI. Veteran racer, Armien Levy, completing the top six in his Armien Levy Motorsport E36 BMW.

Damien Lopez winning class D in his No 1 Cape Refractory and Servico VW Polo Classic with Anton Jacobs second in the Allscale Racing Nissan Sentra 2.0 and JP Share third in his E36 Coastal Hire BMW. Clifford Bacon recovering to fourth spot in his BMW after a difficult day. In class E Brendan Moore had only himself to beat in the Tops VW Golf MkI whilst Brendon Geldenhuys won class E in his Gtech Office Solutions VW Polo 2.0. Willie Gouws second in his Coetzee Safety Consultants VW Polo and Ley Fielding third in his VW Polo 2.0.

Sixteen year old Ciara van Niekerk an impressive 14th overall on her main circuit debut in her Wingfield Motors VW Polo 2.0.

Makita Supercars and V8 Masters

Since this category is meant to be for drivers over the age of 45 they were probably more interested in a weekend away that racing but it was Richard Schreuder that finally managed to top the scoresheets again with overall victory in the V8 Masters with the No 4 TRS Construction APV347iS. Sean Moore pipped pole sitter, Richard Schreuder, to the flag in heat one but then suffered a loose bonnet in heat two which necessitated an unscheduled pit stop. Rob Warrington then shrug his Silver status by driving to a fine second heat victory, once again with Schreuder second.

Brian Evans quietly drove to third overall with veterans, Fanie Theron and Ernst Viljoen fourth and fifth respectively. Sean Moore a rather lonely sixth. Mike Brooks got a little loose coming out of Turn 5 and attempted to move the Scrutineering Bay before retiring his now rather sad looking car.

Ryan McCarthy (Hyper Lighting) and Jarryd Evans (Cape Eye laser) found their personal war interrupted by Danie van Niekerk (Van Niekerk Racing) and though this was the overall order after two entertaining Makita Supercar heats it could have been very different. Silver class contenders Shane Smith (Cape Produce), Martin Bensch (Compact Robotics) and Nashrené Schloss completed the top six.

Burly Pro GTi Challenge

Class C of the Burly Pro GTi Challenge series is rarely challenged as the most spectacular category of car racing at Killarney, but on this occasion it was class A that delivered some of the best racing ever seen at the Killarney International Raceway. Greig Edwards celebrated his return to racing (some six years since his last appearance as driver) with a fine overall victory in the Roberts Racing VW Jetta 2.0, running second in both heats. The second heat by no more than a layer of paint as the top five cars could possibly have been covered a by the proverbial blanket for the entire – albeit shortened race.

The drag race from Fastron corner to the flag saw Edwards leave the corner ahead of both Francois van Tonder and Johan Pretorius but it was Francois van Tonder who claimed his first heat win for the Universal Health Care team in his VW Polo with Johan Pretorius sandwiching the Jetta in third spot. Paul-Hendrik Franken had a tough time getting his Manitou Group VW Polo returned to racing specifications after having won the Challenge category during the WPMC All Tar Rally at Killarney on 4 August but proved himself capable of living with the track experts enroute to fifth spot overall. Winning heat one secured fourth overall for Jano van der Westhuizen in his normally quite dominant Wingfield Motors / Shatterfix VW Polo. That second heat finish will remain a highlight for very long.

Eden Thompson won class B in his Somerset Refrigeration / Mad Performance VW Golf MkI and found himself shadowed all the way by Gideon Serfontein in his Goeie Hoop Onderdele VW Golf MkII and the Cheapercars VW Jetta 2.0 of Divan Lazarus. Mario Roux struggling with gearbox issues on the Fuzion Pre-Owned VW Jetta 2.0 and Wayne Field involved in the red flag incident with his Coetzee’s Auto Coachworks VW Golf MkII.

Marco Busi took line honours in class C in his Automan VW Golf MkI with Christopher Swart second in the Village Paint & Hardware VW Golf MkI. Jacques Geldenhuys third and Giordano Lupini fourth  followed by Ian Kapp and Gert du Plessis. Dario Busi retiring with a broken linkage.

RST Trac Mac Classic, Clubmans & Breakfast Run Motorcycles 

Chris Williams doubled up on his success for the day by netting both heats aboard his Trac Mac Ducati Panagale but it was Wessel Kruger who caught the eye with a great outing aboard his West Honda SP2 (RC51) in second overall position. Jos Troch third aboard his APEX Honda CBR1000 with Shamier Alexander fourth on his Ecowyze 360 Yamaha R6. Veteran, Jannie Stander, fifth on his Nikita’s Kawasaki ZX10R and the Clubmans top six completed by Wayne Arendse on his Honda CBR600RR. Willem Binedell was a strong contender for overall victory but planted his ACAP Suzuki GSXR600 in the scenery.

Class B was won by Damien van Blerk aboard his Fuelled Racing Kawasaki ZX10R with Dylan Croudace winning the Breakfast Run category aboard his Ducati Panigale 899. John Kosterman claiming the honours in the Classic class with his Quality Engineering Supplies Suzuki GSXR750.

RST Suzuki South Superbikes

Heat one of the superbikes was on par with the best you can see in international Moto GP or World Superbikes and the top six bikes truly had the crowd on their feet as they barrelled into Fastron corner.

David McFadden winning overall aboard his RPM Centre / Stunt SA Kawasaki ZX10R with Trevor Westman brining his Mad Mac’s Kawasaki ZX10R home second and Gerrit Visser third aboard his Samurai Yamaha R1. Bernard Haupt was fourth on this occasion with his Fuelled Racing / TCF Invest Yamaha R1 suffering some problem in heat two whilst veteran, Malcolm Rapson, claimed fifth overall aboard his Masters Kawasaki ZX10R. André Calvert sixth aboard the bright Omega Property Ducati 1299S.

Brandon Haupt was in the mix, but opted to withdraw early in heat two as he was suffering the effects of severe flu and wisely called it a day aboard the Fuelled Racing / TCP Invest Yamaha R1. Rob Cragg the second Master home aboard his Mad Mac’s Kawasaki ZX10R with Mark van den Berg third aboard his Auto Watch Suzuki GSXR1000.

The 600 brigade found themselves a little shook-up when Brandon Staffen initially led the race aboard his AJH Cooling / RPM Kawasaki ZX6 and looked the likely winner after Jared Schultz (ASAP World Suzuki) managed to skittle both himself and Hayden Jonas (Samurai Yamaha SA YZF) into heat one retirement. Unfortunately Brandon then found himself invited to a trip across terra firma when the front handle bar on his machine broke.

Gareth Gehlig taking the class win on his Formula Autos / RPM Center Kawasaki ZX6R with a recovering Hayden Jonas second in heat two with veteran, Karl Schultz, third overall aboard his ASAP World Kawasaki ZX6R. Even JP Freiderich tried to Moto X his way around Fastron. Hayden never the less added a sixth championship to his name and is now set to run with the big boys on a 1000cc mavhine.

Pirelli Sports & GT Cars  

Fortunately the many red flags led to there being only a single outing for this category. Due to many being in Port Elizabeth for the endurance race the category really suffered badly in terms of numbers and though those present certainly gave their best, it simply should not have happened at all as key players such as André Bezuidenhout, Craig Jarvis, Marcel and Dayne Angel were in PE for the SAEC 4Hr.

Dawie Joubert sportingly allowed Clinton Thorne to take the flag in his Fulloutput Birkin 7 as the Lotus Exige Honda Turbo was cruising to an easy victory. Gary Kieswetter was on it as always with the Advanced Packaging Technology class B Porsche GT3 RS sounding great as it barked it’s way towards third place  with Martin Pugh fourth in the Appleberry Farms class C Nissan Shelby Can-Am.

Summary

Brilliant weather made this a great outdoors day with the family and ladies in particular enjoyed being spoiled. A number of ladies were also treated to a mock race experience during the lunch break which certainly would have changed their perspective on racing.

The Burly Pro GTi Challenge second heat and the RST Suzuki South Superbikes first heat will long be considered two of the best races ever at the Killarney International Raceway and though the entry numbers were down, the general quality of racing was great with more than a few bruising incidents.

With the national karts scheduled at Killarney for Saturday 11 August and the SA Moto X at Zone 7 the Western Cape certainly did not lack entertainment with respect to motorsport on this weekend.