Top Racing at Regional

The sight of David McFadden and Brandon Haupt challenging their own sanity on the approach to Fastron corner at the end of the rather bumpy back straight of the 3.267km Killarney International Raceway is a sight that has spectators holding their breath every lap. Heat one of the RST Suzuki South Superbikes possibly the most intensely contested tussle of the day during round two of the 2018 Wingfield Power Series Regional Championship.

Overcast and cool conditions set the scene for fast lap times, but an occasional drizzle kept racers guessing as to just how hard they could and should push the limits. Pleasant would be the best description of spectator conditions on the day as there was no sun and no wind to be concerned about.

Formula Libre

Dee-Jay Booysen managed a 1min15.682 to claim pole position for the Formula Libre category in his McCarthy Toyota Formula RM08 and he duly added two dominant victories to his tally for the day. Sean le Riche claimed second overall in the classic 32 year old Seleka Racing Formula Renault 1.7. Andrew Rackstraw looked set on repeating his debut form but the Formula Ford Mygale suffered broken suspension and driveshaft maladies and could not contest the second heat. Ricky Anderson even less fortunate having planted his ERA Formula Ford Ray against the barriers entering Fastron corner during Saturday practice.

Byron Mitchell kept his nose clean in the Dolphin Engineering Racing Formula Vee Sting to eventually finish third overall with the neat, but very cautiously driven, Formula GTi of Jaco Lambert home fourth.

Burly Pro GTi Challenge

Jano van der Westhuizen set a blistering 1min26.231 pole position in his Wingfield Motors / Universal Healthcare VW Polo Vivo and showed that his overseas holiday certainly worked wonders as he was dominant flag to flag in both heats. Jurie Swart drove the wheels off his VW Jetta MkII but had to settle for second overall whilst Colin Nicholas-Meder claimed third in his VW Polo.

Mario Roux returned to form in class B, claiming top honours in the Automar Automotive Selling VW Jetta MkII with Gideon Serfontein second in his Goeie Hoop Onderdele VW Golf MkII. Eden Thompson was fastest in practice but had to settle for third place in his VW Golf MkI.

Sadly the Brat Pack in class C seems to have lost the plot a little with too many on track incidents spoiling their traditional no holds barred championship challenge. Jacques Geldenhuys managed to somehow escape the mayhem to take victory in class C with his Ferrolli Motorsport VW Golf MkI with Chris Swart second in his Village Paint & Hardware VW Golf MkI and Ebrahim Levy third in his Jive version.

Sporting more than just a few bruises after the weekend was Brett Roach, Bryan Morgan, Giordano Lupini, Marco Busi, Dario Busi and Shane Williams. One cannot win races in the first corner, but they certainly demonstrated how to lose valuable points this weekend.

RST Trac Mac Powersport Motorcycles

J-P Friederich set a 1min20.548 pole time at an average speed of 146.015km/h and then broke into the nineteen bracket enroute to two heat wins and overall victory in the Powersport 650cc category  aboard his GR Tax/ Johnny Fox Suzuki SV650 with Chris Williams a distant second aboard his Trac Mac Kawasaki ER650 and Mike van Rensburg third aboard his Simple Maintenance Solutions Kawasaki ER650.

Kewyn Snyman did likewise in the Powersport 300cc category, winning in dominant fashion aboard his KTM RC390 with Zane Otto second aboard a Yamaha R3 and third going to Connor Hagan aboard his NPH Electrical KTM RC390. Erin Lane unfortunately fell in Engen corner on the opening lap of the second heat and suffered a broken wrist.

Shatterfix Fine Cars

For general spectators this event creates a little confusion as it is run as a scratch handicap race and as such the result on track could differ quite dramatically from the actual final result. Adding to their dismay was early contact between Neil Mouton and Tony Lindeque which saw the race red flagged and the Guilia of Mouton parked with a crinkled nose.

Arnold Lambert claimed the first heat in his neat VW Jetta MkI and was beaten on the line by the Wheels 4 U Nissan Skyline GTX 2.8 of Elton Hurst in the second heat. Robert Toscano, Mazda MX5, and Maurizio Toscano, VW Passat, second and third past the chequered flag in heat one whilst Robert Toscano claimed third in heat two. Index of performance positions not available at the time of writing.

Classic Cars

Franco Donadio posted  fastest lap of 1min24.376 enroute to two very entertaining victories in his Donadio Plant Hire / Harkers Automotive class A Ford Escort MkI BDA 2.3. Comfortable with stepping the rear out of line the sweet sounding car proved to be the class of the field despite the best efforts of Eric van der Merwe in the second placed Lynx Motorsport class A Porsche 944T. Wayne Lötter third in his neat Globe Lotter Tours class B Ford Escort MkI 2.0. Dr Geoff Bihl fourth in his class C winning Porsche 944 with Piet Matthee fifth in his Polizia class C Porsche 944 S2. Phillipe du Toit sixth in the class D winning Ford Sapphire 3.0.

Pirelli Sports & GT Cars

Dawie Joubert served notice of his intent when he dipped below his lap record to plant the class A Lotus Exige Turbo on pole with a blistering 1min09.361 at an average speed of 169.565km/h. With the Weltevreden Estate Stellenbosch class A Juno Nissan 3.7 of André Bezuidenhout in hot pursuit they too kept spectators hoping that those middle pedals work properly entering Fastron corner. Though Dawie was obviously toying with the Juno the threat posed by the Aston Martin and possibly even a Bentley come 21 April 2018 will require sub 1min09 performance to stay ahead.

Steve Humble and that incredible Harp Motorsport class B Mallock Mk14B ran like clockwork to finish third overall with the earth shattering Panacea class C Dodge Viper GT2 8.4 showing some teeth, but suffering from lack of brakes. Having destroyed the previous Dodge after arriving at Fastron corner at 260km/h without front brakes Craig wisely opted to rather hold back on this occasion. Sandro Biccari was impressive enroute to fifth overall in his class C Juno Mazda 2.0 with the Fulloutput class B Birkin 7 of Clinton Thorne sixth.

Gary Kieswetter had the three wheeling APT Racing class B Porsche GT3 RS in seventh spot whilst Mike Verrier held eighth in his Fantastic Racing class B Shelby Can Am. The similar Fatsak class C Shelby Can Am of Ryan Buda ninth and the never say die Louis de Jager tenth overall in his Lola T212 Toyota replica.

Unfortunately there was no sign of the Josh Broome Spitfire Furniture class X Radical SR8 2.6 but Glen Uytenbogaardt finally made his debut in the Ford powered class X Chevrolet Corvette GrandSport V8.

RST Trac Mac Classic & Clubmans Motorcycles  

Danie “van Killarney” Maritz spent a few laps showing the youngsters the lines aboard his Go Daddy Suzuki GSXR750 and bettered his pole time to 1min16:509 whilst Chris Williams and Shamier Alexander traded second and third spots on their class A Clubmans machines. Wayne Arendse won Clubmans class B aboard his Honda CBR 600RR with Garth Livingstone second and Zandri-Mari Uys third.

RST Suzuki South Superbikes

David McFadden may be on record as the overall winner of the Superbike category aboard his RPM Center Kawasaki ZX10RR, but he was pushed to a fastest lap 1min10.474 by a very determined Brandon Haupt aboard his rapid Fueled Racing / TCF Invest Yamaha R1. Starting from pole, 1min10.468 at an average speed of 166.901km/h, Haupt certainly took the fight to McFadden until he outbraked himself into Fastron and then putting the bike down trying to chase.

Returning somewhat shaken for heat two on machine that was rebuilt between heats Brandon served notice that he was not going to be holding back in 2018. Gerrit Visser netting second overall aborad his Yamaha R1 with visiting Daryn Upton third aboard his Suzuki GSXR1000. Trevor Westman fourth aboard his Mad Mac’s Kawasaki ZX10RR and a determined Hayden Jonas fifth aboard the 600cc class winning Samurai Racing Yamaha R6. The top six completed by another visiting racer, Adolf Boshoff, aboard his Suzuki GSXR600.

Quintin Ebden, Milu Logistics Yamaha R1, and Rob Cragg, Mad Mac’s Kawasaki ZX10RR had an entertaining battle for top honours as Super Masters and eventually they would also finish seventh and eighth overall respectively.

Mike’s Place Clubmans 

Danie van Niekerk found himself under siege as his Wingfield Motors class A BMW E36 simply could not shake the attention of Shane du Toit, Skilpadvlei / S&S Meat class A VW Golf MkI, and the G&A Promotions class A VW Golf MkII of Clint Rennard. Assisted in the breathing department down the straights the VW drivers were all over the BMW like a rash in every corner and the proverbial blanket could cover these three crossing the line at the end of heat one.

Unfortunately Shane opted for an early retirement to Skilpadvlei and it was left to Rennard to irritate the BMW to the flag. Michael le Seuer and the New Engineering VW Golf MkI remaining in close support throughout to make this the best car category for the day. Gavin Cerff claiming fourth overall in his understeering 4x4 VW Turbo. Paul Munnik fifth in his Audi VW Auto Clinic class B winning VW Golf MkI with Basie Burger sixth in his Italoven / Entity class B VW Golf MkII.

Class C was an entertaining tussle between the E36 Beemers of Armien Levy and Ernest Roos, especially during the second heat and it was the Executive Truth Verification version that pipped the Jive entry to seventh overall. George Neethling claimed class D in his M Saich VW Golf MkI with Eugene van Zyl second and Mansoor Parker third in his BMW E30 328. Jonathan Groenewald won class E in his Audi VW Auto Clinic VW Golf MkI with Anton Jacobs second in his All Scale Nissan Sentra and Charlton Taylor third in his Taylor Motorsport VW Polo. Francois Immelman claimed class E in his Forklift Unlimted VW Golf MkI with Gilberto Nobrega second in his Safari Flooring Ford Ikon and Tristan Vercuiel third in his VW Polo.

Of the class X new combinations Charl Minnie looked most impressive in his turbocharged VW Golf MkI.

V8 Masters and Makita Supercars

Though they did not make the pages of the event program there was plenty of action in the combined V8 Masters and Makita Supercars races as these slick shod cars did not find the drizzle too amusing. Fabio Tafani simply did not get the message and romped away at the front of the field to win convincingly from Stephen Young and Richard Schreuder. The latter two opted for a drag race from Fastron to the flag on the final lap when contact saw both resorting to rallying. Harry Taylor fourth, Rob Warrington fifth and Brian Evans sixth. Marcel Angel found himself in the 44 entry and sportingly allowed the hood to come loose, allowing the opposition to breathe a sigh of relief.

The Makita Supercars also had a few incidents shaking up the regular results and it was Shane Smith that took overall victory from Ryan McCarthy, Jarryd Evans, Glen Phillips, Richard Starkey and Martin Bensch. Andrew Moffitt experimented with a new line into Festron – hopefully the bite marks in the seat can be repaired? George Williams attempted to use the Woodworks Specialist entry as a plough and retired from proceedings.


Somewhat unpredictable weather always result in varied results and the odd incident so do not stay at home when it looks like it might rain at Killarney. The new pit complex offers great viewing and it rarely really rains. The relatively small entry lists in each category should not be considered an indication of the quality of racing as those present will still deliver only their best to gain in the absence of their regular opposition.

Some of the best racing came from the lower classes in each category and deserved as much support as those winning overall.