Flowers for Heidi at Killarney

Emilio Guiseppe “Nino” Farina became the very first Formula One Grand Prix World Drivers Champion on Sunday 3 September 1950 when he won the 21st Italian Grand Prix at Monza in his Alfa Romeo 158, beating teammate Juan Manuel Fangio to the title by three points. To this day the only Italian to have won the title at his home Grand Prix.

On the same date in 1935 Sir Malcolm Campbell reached 304.331mph / 489.773 km/h in his 2500hp Bluebird on the Bonneville Salt Lakes in Utah to become the first man to drive automobile faster than 300mph / 482.80km/h.

66 Years later, Saturday 3 September 2016, saw the Wingfield Motors Power Series at Killarney produce more stunning results in each of the regional racing categories. The day however did not run without multiple delays and a number of incidents on track really put the officials to the test.

With the circuit set in wall to wall flowers it truly set the scene for a visit by 79 year old Heidi “around the world” Hetzer, who are circumnavigating the globe in her 80hp 1930 Hudson “Hudo” 3.5L (213.8ci) straight 8, repeating the feat achieved by Clarenore Stinnes in 1927-29. Fanus Blom providing three Hudsons as escort with Ferdie van Niekerk adding a fourth.

Formula Libre 
Dee-Jay Booysen dropped a rod on his Dico Racing/ Easy Skips Formula RM08 allowing Garth de Villiers to romp away to two uncontested victories in his Durrant Motorsport VW Reynard with the ever consistent Joshua Dolinschek second in his Makita Power Tools Ford Mygale. A fith and third saw William Vice claim third overall in his Valley Funerals / Gerabox Exchange Formula Vee Laser with Byron Mitchell fourth in his  Formula Vee Sting and Delano Fowler fifth in his Formula Vee Lantis.

With the Formula Libre cars presented to the public during the lunchtime grid walk it was interesting to note that Heidi Hetzer tried the cockpit of the Damian White Formula Vee Lantis and then had a lengthy chat with Killarney commentator Gary Fleming before eventually moving on to the VIP lounge in the control tower where she spent time with WPMC legend Adrian Pheiffer. With sixty years experience as rally driver the German legend certainly attracted much attention on the day.

Mike Hopkins Powersport, Clubmans and Classic Motorcycles  
Danie “van Killarney” Maritz proved that a well sorted “old” motorcycle could still be impressively quick by lapping at 1min17.031 aboard his classic Suzuki GSXR1100. Brandon Staffen found himself excluded from the Heat 1 result leaving Jean-Pierre Friedrich in a comfortable second overall on his Team Calberg Hydraulics class A Suzuki SV650. Donald Romer third overall aboard his Quickway Logistics class B Honda CBR1000 with Jos Troch fourth on a Honda CBR1000RR. Wessel Kruger fifth on a class A Honda SP2 RC51 and the top six completed by Jacque Smith aboard his Quickway Logistics Yamaha R1.

A most unfortunate red flag accident saw both Dylan Wright, No 35 class A Itcan Development Honda F4 600, and Harry Clifton, No 74 class A MSD Kawasaki ZX10R, retire in spectacular fashion. Fortunately on international level it was the No 35 Honda of Cal Crutchlow who managed to follow-up on his remarkable Czech victory with pole position at his Silverstone home Moto GP. Ironically it took 35 years for a Brit to win a Moto GP. Barry Sheene the previous victor in the 1981 Swedish GP.

Makita Formula Supercars & V8 Masters
With various oils spills and accidents delaying the program on the day the Makita Formula Supercars and V8 Masters found themselves combined again in an effort to recover lost time.

Stephen Young leading Richard Schreuder home in heat 1 with Marcel Angel and Franco Donadio fending off pole man Fabio Tafani and Craig Jarvis in the V8 Masters Gold class whilst Mark Ridgway took line honours in the Silver class from Rob Warrington, Harry Taylor, Fanie Theron, Mike Brooks and Jamie Surkont.

Ryan McCarthy led the Makita Supercar field home in his Hyper Lighting entry with Andrew Moffitt, Dayne Angel and George Williams strapped to his boot in the Gold class whilst Glen Phillips took the Silver award and Richard Starkey the Bronze award. Unfortunately Heat 2 was red flagged when Craig Jarvis planted the Panacea V8 Masters car against the notorious Damps wall. Fortunately without injury to the driver, although he had many worried by taking his time to extract himself from the once beautiful APV347is. See all the action on YouTube.

Bold Marine GTi Challenge 
Jano van der Westhuizen was gifted overall victory when main rival, Nian du Toit, sportingly lost a wheel off his Cheaper Cars VW Jetta 3 in Rhodes during lap 5 of Heat 1. Nian recovered to win heat 2 with Jano van der Westhuizen shadowing him home to collect the overall victory in his VW Polo. Jurie Swart quietly circulating to second overall in his Alpine Auto House VW Polo.

Jacques Geldenhuys claimed third in his class B Ferrolli Motorsport VW Golf MkII with Shane du Toit attached to the rear in his similar TJ’s Lekka Braai class B VW Golf MkII. Eden Thompson claimed fifth overall in his VW Golf MkI with veteran, Peet van der Walt, sixth in his PSW Sport VW Polo Classic.

Class C won by Bryan Morgan in his GreatSoft Racing VW Golf MkI 1.8 with GreatSoft teammate Jarred Simpson second and Gideon Serfontein third in his Goeie Hoop Onderdele VW Golf MkI.

Kent Homes Fine Cars & Mutlu Batteries Classic Cars
Chris Carolin claimed top honours in the fire breathing Carolin Cars Mazda Capella Rotary but it was not as simple as it may sound as he had determined Trevor Momberg being more than just a minor irritation in his Ford Capri V6. Unfortunately Trevor dropped out Heat 2 but this Capri is real quick.

Malcolm Uytenbograadt recovered from a spin in the William Carter Ford Granada Perana V8 to claim second overall with Paul Dalton happily accepting third overall in his Project Management International class B VW Scirocco. Eric van der Merwe fourth in his Lynx Motorsport Porsche 944T with the impressive Lucky Strike Ford Capri of Jonathan Bernstein fifth and Derick Truscott claiming sixth in his Porsche 944T.

Jonathan Gunn claimed class C in his neat Ford Escort MkI with Piet Mathee second in his Porsche 944 and Herman de Kock third in his Ford Escort MkI. Leon van Lienden taking top honours in class D with his Cowley racing Alfa Romeo GT Junior.

The Kent Fine Cars category is won or lost on handicap but on the circuit the fastest car was the Derick Jordaan Wheels ForU Nissan Skyline 2.8 with the Broadway Cars Toyota Corolla Twin Cam of Elton Hurst leading the Toyota Conquest Twin Cam RSi of Deon Conradie home. The indecently quick Flat Four Racing VW Beetle 2.4 of Dave Rowley hot on their heels.

Unfortunately Dr Geoff Bihl suffered a major organ failure on his 1984 Porsche 944S during practice.

Midas Clubmans Saloons  
After a slight dispute into KFm (Hoals Hoek) corner Clint Rennard opted for a brief nap in his G&A Promotions VW Golf and then Gavin Cerff demonstrated how one should loose a wheel on his VW Jetta 4WD Turbo exiting the same corner. Alex Johnson also failing to complete a race without mishap in his Executive Decisions Audi Quattro.

Eugene Kruger said thank you very much and secured a well deserved overall victory in his Industrial Gardens class B VW Golf MkI. Basie Burger placing his Italoven class C VW Golf MkI second, Ernest Roos third in his Executive Truth Verification class C VW Golf MkI and John Kirsten fourth in his class C VW Golf MkI.
Devin Camons, Steve’s Auto Clinic VW Golf MkI, winning class D from Francois van Tonder, Wingfield Red Hot Racing VW Polo. Brendan Moore, Tops Observatory VW Golf MkI beating the neat Conferheur Engineering Alfetta GTV 2.0 of Cody Alberts in class E.

Mike Hopkins Superbikes
With a Moto 3 World Championship within reach for Brad Binder local motorcyclists certainly are providing a brilliant spectacle in support with just 0.115sec, almost nothing, separating David McFadden (Suzuki) and Brandon Haupt (Kawasaki) after 16 laps of world class racing. Lapping in the 1min 11 bracket they were certainly not holding back and it was a delight to watch them trying to gain an advantage.

Trevor Westman, Mad Macs Kawasaki ZX10R, third overall with the similar machine of Malcolm Rapson fourth.Kewyn Snyman fifth overall on his RST class B Kawasaki ZXR6. 

Crossley & Webb Sports & GT Cars
Craig Jarvis is no slouch behind the wheel of his Panacea Ferrari F430 GT3 but if you should ever want to truly grasp the concept of greased lightning simply watch his on board footage of the event and see how the Lotus Exige Honda Turbo of Dawie Joubert simply vanishes into thin air down the main and back straight. Had it not been for an altercation between the Lotus and the Lola T212 replica of Godfrey Lancellas between KFM (Hoals Hoek) and Engen (Quarry) the result might have not seen the F430 topping the result.

But then , since Mercedes put one over the Ferrari F1 cars at Monza (that hurts) during qualifying practice this brought some relieve to the prancing horse supporters. Gary Kieswetter second overall in his Advanced Packaging Technology class B Porsche GT3 RS with Maarten Prins third in his class C Porsche GT3 Cup.

With Johan Engelbrecht taking on the Arangies Lamborghini at Zwartkops the local races certainly lacked it’s normal flair, but the good news is that on 24 September 2016 all the big guns will be ablaze at Killarney during the Extreme Festival.

SAAF Silver Falcons
Not only will the Global Touring Cars be making their debut at Killarney, the event is set to be opened by the legendary SAAF Silver Falcons aerobatic team in their Pilatus PC7 MkII aircraft. Team 80 is led by Maj Mark Gentles and the AFB Langebaanweg based five ship formation will be doing a 25min display prior to the start of the first GTC race.