WMPS1 opening round Killarney 2017

Killarney Power Series, 18 February 2017

Cars
The first appearance of a monster 7-litre, Chev V8 powered Aquila CR-1 is expected to be
one of the highlights of the Crossley & Webb, Sports and GT category during the first round
of the 2017 Power Series sponsored by Wingfield Motors, with media support from Radio
KFM, at Killarney on Saturday.

Built and developed in Denmark, the CR-1 has been acquired by former Sports and GT
champion Frances Carruthers. However, despite its impressive European record,
Carruthers can expect stern opposition from an even larger capacity V10 Dodge Viper in
the hands of Craig Jarvis, as well as from Dawie Joubert’s smaller but more nimble Lotus
Exige Honda.

Behind them, Philip Booysen will be in a Toyota powered Lotus Exige and it is going to be
interesting to see how the different engines compare. An entry has also been received
from Craig Harper who is driving his Harper Type-5 that was built here in Cape Town.

The Midas Clubman category has attracted an excellent entry. In this one the action is
being enlivened by the return of Brennan Green in one of the quickest Golf GTi’s in the
country. He is going to be up against big guns like Danie van Niekerk in his BMW 325,
Armien Levy (BMW M3) and Gavin Cerff’s all-wheel-drive VW Jetta turbo.

While multiple former champion Marcel Angel and leading British driver Stephen Young
should be near the head of the Masters V8 field, drivers like Richard Schreuder, Fabio
Tafani and Franco Donadio could also pose a threat.

A driver change in the Makita Formula Supercar entry list has resulted in Trevor Fisk taking
over Dayne Angel’s race winning Supercar and its performance will be noted.

And here’s another surprise. Because Brad Wadeley has switched from a starring Supercar
role, to a class C entry in the Bold Marine GTi Challenge. His clash with maturing teenager
Giordano Lupini and Bryan Morgan, will be difficult to call.

While Dee-Jay Booysen’s home built Formula RM-08 is due for a win in the Formula Libre
single seater category, Mike Verrier (VW Reynard), will undoubtedly be doing his best to
ensure it doesn’t happen on Saturday.

Lower admission prices and free commuter rides to viewing spots around the circuit, are
among the advantages being offered to spectators. But a far more important feature, will be
the variety and quality of the racing on offer. Because with nine categories, split into 18
different events there is certain to be something for everyone.

The programme begins at 09.00 and includes the first Sports and GT car race at 10.20.

Admission is R70 for adults and R20 for scholars under 16. There is no charge for kiddies
under 12.

Motorcycles
The first race meeting of the season can always be relied on to deliver a few surprises but
the opening round of the Mike Hopkins Motorcycles Regional series, this Saturday at
Killarney, promises more than most.

The most important one is that the intermediate Powersport classes have become so
successful that they now get two races of their own. From this weekend the Powersport
machines, their ranks swelled by the arrival of several short-circuit graduates on KTM
RC390 Cup machines, will have the track to themselves for two eight-lap races, while the
Clubmans and the Classics will run together.

That means six motorcycle races on the card instead of the previous four – and it’ll make
the races easier to follow, since the rider in front will almost always be the leader,
something that has not always been true in the past.

But who will be in front, well, that could be another surprise. International star David
‘McFlash’ McFadden has given notice that he will be out there giving lessons in racecraft in
the Superbike races, aboard the now fully sorted Race Prep S1000 RR, but defending
champion Brandon Haupt will not be among his pupils, although older brother Bernard has
entered their father’s immaculate Yamaha R1M.

Nevertheless the biggest challenge that McFadden will face will come from Ronald Slamet,
Regional champion for three years in a row from 2013 to 2015. Namibian hotshot Slamet
has abandoned the BMW S1000 RR that could not be made to run consistently and as a
result cost him most of the 2016 season, and will be fielding the ex-Jacques Brits Yamaha
R1, a machine of proven reliability. The R1 is particularly good on the brakes, so expect to
see some epic late-braking manoeuvres at the ends of Killarney’s two straights.

Also ready to rock ‘n roll will be veteran Malcolm Rapson on a family-funded Kawasaki ZX-
10R, and Mad Mac’s team-mates Trevor Westman (ZX-10R) and Warren Guantario (ZX-
6R), the current 600 Challenge title-holder.

However, the rider he beat to the trophy, teenager Hayden Jonas, has a brand new engine
in his Fifty8 Racing ZX-6R and will be out to prove a point. Expect fireworks in this, the
most competitive class at Killarney – and, just to make things even more interesting, ASAP
World rider Jared Schultz, who has noticeably raised his game since his international forays
aboard the KTM RC390, will be keeping both of them honest on a new ZX-6R.

For 2017, however, Schultz has also secured a ride with Italian-based Team BWG in the
inaugural World Supersport 300 championship, riding a Kawasaki Ninja – and if the bike is
ready in time, he’ll be giving it a shakedown run in the Powersport races.
 

BWG’s vastly experienced team principal Marco Lobello is confident of getting “more the
40kW” out of the little green twin – which could just make Schultz the man to watch in the
Powersport races, tilting the previous precarious balance between JP Friederich (Calberg
SV650), and Trac Mac ER650 team-mates Chris ‘Green Goblin’ Williams and Mike van
Rensburg.

ENDS