Winter Rumbles at Killarney

Perfect winter sunshine created the ideal scenario for fast times and close racing, possibly a little too close in some categories as a number of fender benders interrupted the 15 race itinerary on Saturday 4 June 2022. The fourth round of the 2022 Wingfield Motors Power Series providing the heat on track.

The lunch Fan Walk was dedicated to the Laude Classic Cars and the Cape Alfa Romeo Club. The recent tragic loss of two VW Motorsport members (Rodger van Schalkwyk and Floyd Sipinyu) and Adrian Burford (SAGMJ)  

Laude Classic Cars (H1- 7 Laps H2 - 9 Laps)

Michael Hitchcock proved to be the revelation of the Laude Classic Cars in his 1967 notchback Cross Cape Forklift Service Ford Mustang V8 when he delivered a faultless drive to win the opening heat from an impressive Charles Arton in the more nimble, but less powerful, Datsun 240Z. Franco Donadio his usual spectacular self in the Donadio Plant Hire Ford Escort MkI not able to stay with the determined duo.

Clearly the latest brake upgrade was just what the Mustang neede as a best lap time of 1min22.552 even caught the attention of Gunter Drotschie who have now committed to finishing his Chevrolet to take on the rampant Mustang.

Eric van der Merwe drove well to finish fourth in his neat Lynx Motorsport Porsche 944 Turbo with the impressive V6 All Scales Ford Capri of Trevor Momberg always a threat in fifth spot. Dave Alhadeff and the MSP Racing BMW E30 325iS content to run sixth overall.

Ferdi Mouton claimed class B in his Cross Cape Forklift Services Ford Mustang V8 with Dr Geoff Bihl second in the red Lynx Motorsport Porsche 944T and Jared Thomson third with possibly the neatest JS Supplies Ford Cortina 3.0S in the country.

Martin Bensch claimed top spot in class C with the Compact Robotics Ford Capri and he was followed home by the HSC Racing VW Golf MkII GTi of Land Hutchings and the HSC Racing VW Scirocco of Trevor Hutchings. The returning Bedien Racing Datsun P510 SSS of Bryon Bedien fourth, Deven Pillay fifth in the Low E Co Porsche 944T and Jan-Willem André de la Porte sixth in his Datsun 240Z.

Ernst Viljoen and the neat Alfa Romeo GT Junior won class D from the Texaco replica Ford Sierra RS Cosworth Turbo of Jacques Blom.

Heat two was even more hotly contested between the resurgent Mustang and determined Datsun whilst the Escort MkI had to concede defeat with a burnt piston. Better beware as Franco Donadio also has a mean Little Chev Can Am V8 under construction and Dave Köpke quietly slipped in a photograph of a 20R rotary engine as upgrade for the R100.

Michael could not match his best lap of 1min22.552 in the second heat by got close enough to now be considered a real threat by everyone. Charles Arton running a close second with Eric van der Merwe third in the Porsche, who was credited with an astonishing best lap of 1min18.134 (hopefully just a timing glitch or else everyone may as well stay home). Dave Alhadeff benefitted from a retiring Trevor Momberg to finish fourth in his MSP Racing BMW E30 325iS and class B winner Ferdi Mouton finished fifth with Jared Thomson and his Cortina sixth. Dr Geoff Bihl third in class B with his Porsche.

Lane Hutchings claimed class C honours from his dad Trevor with Jan-Willem André de la Porte third. Ernst Viljoen doing a double in class D with Jacques Blom second.

Michael Hitchcock waited three years for this first overall victory and it was well deserved as Charles Arton was living in the boot of the Mustang for both heats. Eric van der Merwe achieved his best lap ever in the Lynx Motorsport Porsche 944T and third overall was a bonus result. Dave Alhadeff as always neat in the fourth placed MSP Racing BMW E30 325iS with Ferdi Mouton fifth in his class B Ford Mustang and Lane Hutchings an impressive sixth overall in the class C VW Golf MkII GTi.

Dr Geoff Bihl claimed second in class b with Jared Thomson an encouraging third.Trevor Hutchings followed his son home in class C with Jan-Willem André de la Porte third. In class D Ernst Viljoen beat Jacques Blom.

The unfortunate Erik Mouton recipient of a rather hefty fine for an oil spillage when his Chevrolet De Ville V8 acted like a Ford and Martin Bensch a little more fortunate on the numbers for not being kind to his Ford.

Hopefully Clinton Laurens will get the hang of his TWR replica Laude Cars Jaguar XJS12 and Allen Jirek his Laude Cars Jaguar XJC12. The long awaited rumoured arrival of the Trevor Fisk Ford Escort Mk1 persists whilst it was great to see the ex-Brian Van Breda Smith Alfa Romeo berlina 2.0 return in the hands of Chris Carolin and the extremely neat Ford Anglia of Marius Neethling also caught the eye.  

Bejo Trustees Fine Cars (H1 – 7 Laps H2 – 9 Laps)

This handicap category runs with the Laude Classic Cars but catering for essentially cars that are driven to and from the circuit on a handicap championship presents a completely different approach.

Though there is obviously an overall result on track points are rewarded only on handicap. Theo Claassen took the overall honours on circuit in his Yesterday’s Heroes Nissan Skyline 2.8 GTX with Robert Toscano second the red Mazda MX5 1600. Coenraad Matthee drove neatly in his powder blue Porsche 928 to finish third with Stephen Manuel fourth in his four door Nissan Skyline 2.8. Jo-AnnFourie fifth in the Speed Precision VW Golf MkII and Eckard van Reenen sixth in his Mercedes 190.

On Handicap it was the Nissan Skyline four door of Stephen Manuel first with Theo Claassen second in the two door Nissan Skyline and Coenie Matthee third in the Porsche 928.

Strato Technology Clubmans – Classic and Breakfast Run Motorcycles (2x 9 Laps)

Shaun Harris popped out of nowhere and simply dominated the opening heat on his Breakfast Run Fine & Country Helderberg BMW S1000RR to record a best time of 1min18.637. Certainly not the type of performance expected from a newcomer and he was immediately reclassified as a Clubmans competitor.

Nick Benn second on his Clubman Suzuki GSXR1000 with Nicho Venter third aboard his Clubman Yamaha R1. Donovan Stevens fourth on his Clubman Suzuki 1000, Wayne Gress fifth on his Clubman Kawasaki ZX10R and the top six completed by Wesley Hendricks on his Breakfast Run Maxicool & Motorwise Kawasaki ZX10R.

Ruan Smit second in the Breakfast Run category aboard his Motoflex Kawasaki ZX10R with Quinten Weening third aboard his BMW S1000RR with Shandin Thompson fourth aboard his Master Glass Garden Route Honda CBR600RR and Nigel Everts fifth on a HSC Racing Suzuki GSXR600R.

Veteran John Kosterman returned to win the Classic category on his Suzuki GSXR1100 with Mario Ferreira second, Hano Ferreira third and William Morries fourth. All aboard identical BMW R1100S motorcycles.

Heat two saw Shaun Harris go even quicker on 1min18.596 to record another easy victory aboard the sweet sounding Fine & Country Helderberg BMW S1000RR.

Nick Benn second, Donovan Stevens third, Wesley Hendricks fourth, Nicho Venter fifth and Ruan Smit sixth. Wesley Hendricks claiming Breakfast Run honours from Ruan Smit, Quinten Weening, Shandin Thompson and Nigel Everts. The Classic order a repeat of heat one.

Overall Shaun Harris proved that he should soon be mixing it with the big boys with Nick Benn, Donovan Stevens, Nicho Venter, Wesley Hendricks and Ruan Smit as always putting in neat displays. The return of John Kosterman in the Classic category will hopefully see other veterans follow suite.

South Superbikes – SBK Challenge – Masters – 600cc Motorcycles

Trevor Westman, Wayward Kawasaki ZX10R, and Malcolm Rapson (M), Suzuki GSXR1000, were simply in a class of their own and Trevor managed a 1min12.830 to average 161.488km/h to the flag. Jacques Ackermann (M) content to finish third aboard the Project 60 Kawasaki ZX10R with J-P Friederich fourth on the GRTax Yamaha R1.

Michael du Toit (M) was riding in some discomfort but still managed to win the SBK Challenge and finish fifth on his Danie Maritz Racing Yamaha R1 with the rapid LLG Properties Kawasaki ZX6R of Mike Hunter sixth passed the flag.

A determined Malcolm Rapson (M) beat Trevor Westman by 0.66seconds after nine hard laps in heat two with J-P Friederich third and Jacques Ackermann fourth. Michael du Toit and Matthew van Niekerk completing the top six.

Overall Trevor Westman claimed victory on the Wayward Kawasaki ZX10R with Malcolm Rapson (M) a mighty second on the Racebase Suzuki GSXR1000 and the consistent Jacques Ackermann (M) third on his Project 60 Kawasaki ZX10R. J-P Friederich fourth on his GRTax Yamaha R1 with Michael du Toit (M) fifth on the SBK Challenge winning Danie Marits Yamaha R1. That incredible 600cc of Mike Hunter sixth.

Matthew van Niekerk the second SBK Challenge rider home on his Kawasaki ZX10R with Shaun Mackrill third aboard a GFP Lighting Kawasaki ZX10R, Lubabalo Ntisana fourth on his Kawasaki ZX10R, Wayne Arendse fifth on the JJ Smith Trust Kawasaki ZX10R and Brad Bodsworth sixth aboard his neat Honda CBR1000.

Jamie Hall second in the 600cc class with the Master Glass Garden Route / Castrol Honda and Willem Binedell third on his Triumph Daytona.  

Thermo Fires Clubmans Saloons (2x 8 Laps)

Ederees Achmat celebrated his return to the series by winning the opening heat in his 75A EA Performance BMW E36 with Bruce Meyer catching much attention in second with his 84B Cape Industrial Flooring VW Polo 6. Willem Swart also pushing hard to place his 222B WFS Motors VW Jetta CTi third and Paul Munnik brought his 79B Audi VW Auto Clinic VW Golf MkI home fourth. JP Share quietly slipped into fifth spot with his 102C BMW E36 and Juan Farrell impressed with sixth spot on debut in his 6X Cape Industrial Flooring VW Golf MkI.

Barry Williams claimed class D in his very neat Tri Brake & Clutch BMW E90 with Ciara van Niekerk second in her Wingfield Motors VW Golf MkI and Steven Gouws third in his Thermo Fires VW Jetta 3. Eugen Casperl fourth in the silver BMW E46. Ciara representing Wingfield Motors who are the regional series sponsor for the ninth consecutive year and Steven representing the Clubmans series sponsor Thermo Fires.

Gary Manwaring won class E in the Excelsior Airbrakes BMW E46 with Ryan Large second in his Akwasol VW Golf MkI.Michael Flynn taking class F in his Flynns Auto detailing VW Golf MkI from Brendon Geldenhuys in his Gtech Office Solutions VW Golf MkI. Brendon playing catch up after spinning in Hoals Hoek on the opening lap.

Mansoor Parker and Raaziegh Harris crossed the line 0.458 sec apart after 8 entertaining laps which almost ended in tears when Harris leaned rather hard on Parker through Fastron corner. Neither contested the opening heat and it was the Panic Plumbers VW Golf MkI that took the fight to the Jive BMW E30 with Ederees Achmat content to stay close in third. He would in fact still post the fastest time of 1min22.544.

Bruce Meyer fourth in the 84B Polo with Paul Munnik fifth in the 79B Golf and Willem Swart sixth in his 222B Jetta. JP Share 102C ahead of Noel Stander 127C VW Polo Classic and Gary Smith 68C Truckport Logistics BMW 530. In class D Barry Williams 117D beat Ciara van Niekerk 2D and Steven Gouws 34D. Gary Manwaring 14E claimed class E from Ryan Large 55E with class F a repeat of heat one.

Ederees Achmat winning overall in his 75A EA Performance BMW E36 with an elated Bruce Meyer second in his 84B Cape Industrial Flooring VW Polo 6 and Willem Swart third in the 222B WFS Motors VW Jetta. Paul Munnik fourth in his Audi VW Auto Clinic Golf with JP Share fifth in the 102C BMW E36. The top six completed by Francois van Tonder in his 44C VW Polo.

Class A Ederess Achmat – Mansoor Parker – Raaziegh harris – Jess Huggett

Class B Bruce Meyer – Willem Swart – Paul Munnik – Shane Smith

Class C JP Share – Francois van Tonder – Noel Stander – Gary Smith

Class D Barry Williams – Ciara van Niekerk – Steven Gouws

Class E Gary Manwaring – Ryan Large

Class F Michael Flynn – Brendon Geldenhuys

Pirelli V8 Masters (2x 8 Laps)

This category have certainly become rather lively with numerous incidents during the previous round and even more this time around. Marcel Angel was battling brake problems on Friday and did not start Saturday whilst Fabio Tafani traded his regular 1G Club Refrigeration car for the 70G Vuurberg version whilst Carl Nel also did not make the start.

Sean Moore 73G Ziegler and Fabio Tafani 70G Vuurberg disputed the lead throughout the eight lap opening heat and just 0.224sec separated them at the flag with Mark Ridgway 53G get\Worth in third spot. Jason Ibbotson placed his 46S Autohaus Angel entry fourth with Alister Brown fifth in the 22G NAC Helicopters & Airexel Aviation version and Rui Campos in the much lighter Campos Transport 29G entry sixth. Rui proving that he could be quite a challenger in Rally X.

Race two was over almost immediately as Alister Brown spun in Fastron corner and rolled back into the path of Jason Ibbotson sending Menno Parsons and Fabia Tafani onto the dirt to avoid further carnage. The clean-up and further drama on restart saw the second heat cancelled.

A result was posted after one lap recorded which gave Rui Campos victory from Mark Ridgway, Fabio Tafani, Sean Moore, Jason Ibbotson and Mike Brooks.

Alert Engine Parts GTi Challenge (2x 8 Laps)

Kai van Zyl 34A and Chase Heroldt 29C both found themselves starting last in their respective classes having failed the minimum ride height test three times and H1 was red flagged after four laps when the Class C brat pack tangled on the back straight leaving three cars rather second hand.

Chase Heroldt possibly the most relieved to see the red flag after outbraking himself into Fastron on lap one whilst Kyle Wiltshire put paid to Eden Thompson and Grant Cloete on entry to Fastron when he braked earlier than expected and Cloete rear ending Thompson as a result. Jurie Swart lost fourth gear on his Polo and could do nothing but damage control.

At the front of the pack Jason Coetzee drove extremely well in his 77A Mint Wrapworks Polo to pip Nathan Victor in the 71A Summit Racing entry with Colin Meder third in his 11A International Tube Technology entry. Dillon Joubert fourth for 44A Powder Coating World and Kai van Zyl recovering to fifth in his Unlimited Auto Angri version. The top six completed by a frustrated Jurie Swart in his 39A Summit Racing entry.

Tate Bishop owned class B in the Angri Racing Academy VW Jetta thanks to Kyle Wiltshire and Eden Thompson developing their friendship through close contact. Ian Kapp finishing second in his Hydracor Hydraulics Polo with Eden Thompson 1B Mad Performance third, Kyle Wiltshire 54b Summit Racing fourth, Marc Thompson 81B Somerset Refrigeration Polo Classic fifth and Brent van der Schyff 69B Magmaster Polo Classic sixth.

Class C was somewhat shattered by the lap four incident but it gave Chase Heroldt 29C the opportunity to recover and win in his Unlimited Auto Golf with Dylan van Eden 55C second, Schalk Geldenhuys 10C G&A Motorsport third, Matthew Rowe 30C Veldt Reared fourth, Jade Lynch 68C Table Bay Roadworthy fifth and Mohammed Khalfey 14C Mad performance sixth.

Unfortunately Seth van den Abeele 83C, John-Henri Vaughan 32C and Ryan van Eden 28C could not restart.

A full set of gears allowed Jurie Swart to romp home to victory in Heat two with his 39A Summit Racing Polo with Jason Coetzee second, Nathan Victor third, Dillon Joubert fourth, Kai van Zyl fifth and Colin Meder sixth.

Tate Bishop once again taking class B with ease after another incident involving Wiltshire and Thompson saw the latter retiring from the race. Wiltshire would later be excluded from the result leaving Ian Kapp in second, Marc Thompson third, Brent van der Schyff fourth, Steven Vermaak fifth and Daniël Sandenbergh sixth.

Chase Heroldt claimed class C from Dyland van Eden, John-Henri Vaughan, Schalk Geldenhuys, Sulaiman Effendi and Jade Lynch.     

Formula Libre (2x 8 Laps)

Byron Mitchell simply blew the Formula Libre result lapping at 1min09.579 in his Dolphin Engineering FVW Reynard with Dee-Jay Booysen a distant second in his Dico Racing FVW Reynard. Experimenting with tyre pressures he actually spend the opening four laps three wheeling the FVW through Turn 5.

Class V was entertaining as the closely matched Formula Vees cars had nothing more to give and Zane Amundsen crossed the line 0.316 seconds ahead of Ryno Pentz who had 0.418 seconds in hand over third placed Elroy Vice. Kelly Fletcher fourth, Nick van der Westhuizen fifth and Luan van Heerden sixth.

Heat two saw Mitchell disappear ahead of Booysen with the top six unchanged. Overall the order was Mitchell from Booysen Amundsen, Pentz, Vice, Fletcher van der Westhuizen and Ramsay.

Spitfire Furniture Sports & GT Cars (31 Laps = 100km)

The Onse Huisie 100 is run over 31 laps and though it was indeed great to see Craig Jarvis back in the impressive Ginetta G57 the race itself failed to live up to the high standard associated with the Spitfire Furniture Sports & GT Cars.

Ten cars started the event and six finished with the event spending much time under a full course yellow to retrieve the stricken Pilbeam of Francis Carruthers from the outside of Interceptor corner.

Craig Jarvis got down to 1min10.177 and even managed to lift a wheel out of Fastron corner enroute to an easy victory with Steve Humble second in that incredible Opel powered Mallock Mk14. Gary Kieswetter drives the sweetest sounding car at Killarney and he would take third in the Martini liveried Advanced Packaging Solutions Porsche GT3 Cup.

The ever consistent Louis de Jager third in the Toyota powered Lola T212 replica with Peter van der Spuy placing his rebuilt Juno SS3 Honda fifth on it’s shakedown event. Eric Salomon sixth in his Elf 23.

Unfortunately the challenge expected from Nick Adcock in the Aidcall 247 Ligier JS53 Evo 2 came to nought when the engine broke a timing belt as they were warming up for the start of the race and Dr Mike Verrier arrived at the end of the back straight minus rear brakes on his Aidcall 247 Shelby Can Am .