WMPS2 Killarney - Summary

Round two of the Wingfield Motors Power Series regional championship races at the Killarney International Raceway might have lacked a little punch in the pre event build-up as both the Crossley & Web Sports & GT and Mike Hopkins Superbikes enjoyed a break but it certainly did not detract from the quality of racing as those present certainly still gave it everything they had.

Very hot conditions with little to no wind all day strained engines and left drivers covered in perspiration. A number of red flags once again slowed proceedings but those present enjoyed an entertaining day of motorsport. Compliments to Wingfield Motors who are now in their fourth season as the sponsors of the regional championship at Killarney.

Breakfast Run Grand Prix 2x6 Laps
When risking it all on the road makes no sense the opportunity to test your own limits aboard a superbike on a race track is so much more logical in the form of a Breakfast Run Grand Prix. Two six lap heats prevent the horns from reaching maximum length, but the thrill lasts long enough to possibly consider entering the world of Mike Hopkins regional motorcycle racing and given the pace of the leading trio there might just be a few new entries on the cards for 22 April 2017.

A trio of BMW S1000RR led by Romano di Leva (Pole 1min18.969), Shakier Brenner and Lee Engel would eventually fill the podium after twelve laps.

Mike Hopkins Powersport 2x8 Laps
JP Freidrich (Pole 1min20.448) was not taking any prisoners on the day and led from pole position to the final chequered flag aboard his Calberg class A Suzuki SV650 with Chris Williams doing everything possible to keep him in sight on the Trac Mac class A Kawasaki ER650. Maxim Mandix third on the ASAP World class A Kawasaki ER650.

In class B it was Sam Lochoff (Samurai Racing) from 62 year old Peter Hill and Saul Turvey, all aboard KTM RC390 machines.

Mike Hopkins Clubmans and Classic 2x8 Laps  
Danie “van Killarney” Maritz was in racing mode after his short “retirement” and the Suzuki GSXR750 Presling (Classic) showed why experience is valuable in racing. Starting from pole position (Pole 1min16.035) Danie made a race of the first heat before simply riding into the sunset during heat two. Simon Augustyn eventually second overall aboard his Jacks Paint & Hardware class A BMW S1000RR with Alastair Hyatt third aboard his Cane Industries class A Honda CBR1000RR. Dylan Wrigth third in class A with his Triumph Daytona.

Jonathan de Lange taking class B aboard his Dunlop SA Yamaha YZF R6 with Derek Hendricks second aboard his Bikers Delight Yamaha YZF R6 and Byron Carles third aboard his Kawasaki ZXR10R.

Midas Clubmans Saloons 1x8 Laps and 1x4 Laps
Danie van Niekerk claimed overall Midas Clubmans honours for series sponsor  Wingfield Motors in the Van Niekerk Racing BMW E36 325. A task made somewhat easier when Gavin Cerff ventilated the “new” engine in his Spur VW Jetta 4x4 Turbo during practice and then the pole sitting Weskaap Bakwerke VW Golf Turbo of Brennon Green (Pole 1min25.313) decided to give heat two a miss.

Riaan Swart proved impressive in the class X Henko de Klerk VW Jetta MkII, actually winning heat two whilst consistency saw Ernest Roos take a deserved third overall in his Executive Truth Verification class C BMW E36 from the neatly turned out class C VW Polo Vivo of Johan Pretorius.

Overall class A went to the sole surviving Wingfield Motors / Van Niekerk Racing E36 BMW 325 of Danie van Niekerk. The only class B entry was disqualified after heat 1 for an unknown infringement and in class C Ernest Roos, Executive Truth Verification / Van Niekerk Racing E36 BMW 325, pipped Johan Pretorius, VW Polo Vivo, and Anthony Carstens, Auto Stop Parts VW Golf, to the top step of the podium.

Class D honours going to Eugene van Zyl, Farber Coachworks VW Golf, with Ian “The Undertaker” Long second in the Kulu / Belfreeze and VW sponsored Subaru Station Wagon Turbo 4x4, and in third spot it was defending champion Francois van Tonder in his Wingfield Motors VW Polo. Class E saw Cedric Burger top the score sheets in his Italoven Honda Ballade from Damien Lopez in his Cape Refractory and SERVCO VW Polo Classic and Gavin Geldenhuys in his Gtech Office Solutions / Intergro / Cellucity VW Polo. Charlton Taylor, Dynamic Race Fuels VW Polo, claimed class F from Jonathan Groenewald, Audi VW Auto Clinic VW Golf, and Denvir Benjamin, Speed Precision VW Golf.

V8 Masters 2x8 Laps
Fabio Tafani turned his pole position (Pole 1min16.489) into Heat 1 victory, the light blue APV347is really looking menacing and with new engine management and exhaust layout the cars really attracted much attention. Though they now sound like 70’s F1 cars individually it did not make much of a difference in a gaggle and somehow the approaching thunder element disappeared. Unfortunately some of the big names in the series also failed to pitch for this round where the V8 Masters were actually pretty much the main attraction?

Charles Arton drove to a solid second position with Richard Schreuder (TRS Construction) hanging onto third with Franco Donadio a fighting fourth. Great to see the way he manages to drift his car through Cape Town corner (brings back memories of him in the midget at Goodwood many moons ago). Mike Brooks (Silver) was armed with the Steven Young No 1 entry but had to settle for fifth whilst Brian Evans (Gold) netted sixth. Marcel Angel (Gold) and Carl Nel (Silver) only completing one lap before retiring.

Fabio (Gold) was clearly not enjoying the sunshine and simply drove away from the field in Heat 2 whilst Franco Donadio (Gold) proved entertaining to watch enroute to second with Richard Schreuder (Gold) third, Charles Arton (Gold) fourth, Gary Fourie (Silver) fifth and Marcel Angel (Gold) sixth.

Overall the order Fabio Tafani from Charles Arton, Richard Schreuder, Franco Donadio, Mike Brooks and Brian Evans.

Makita Supercars 2x8 Laps 
Jarryd Evans, Cape Eye Laser, led Glen Phillips home after eight entertaining laps of the Makita Supercars with Fernando Rueda Jnr, Hyper Lighting, something of a revelation in third spot. Ryan McCarthy, Hyper Lighting, and pole position holder, Michael Nel (Pole 1min24.210), respectively fourth and fifth. Stuart Spooner sixth for KTS Racing whilst Nashrene Schloss looked impressive in seventh spot.

Jarryd Evans and Ryan Mccarthy enjoyed a great tussle but then Jarryd ran Ryan wide in what could be tremed a professional foul in Cape Town corner. Evans winning the heat from Glen Phillips, Fernando Rueda Jnr, Ryan McCarthy, Michael Nel and Richard Starkey.

Overall the result going to Jarryd Evans, Cape Eye Laser (Gold), with Glen Phillips second (Gold), Fernando Rueda (Silver) third, Ryan McCarthy (Gold) fourth, Michael Nel (Gold) fifth and Richard Starkey (Silver) sixth. Stuart Spooner (KTS Racing) just beating Nashrené Schloss in the Bronze category.

Bold Marine GTi Challenge 2x8 Laps
Brett Roach, Old Mutual class A VW Jetta MkII, pipped pole position starter, Jurie Swart Jnr (Pole 1min26.388), in the Alpine Autohaus class A VW Polo Classic to the checker by just 0.721sec having fended off the attentions of third placed Shane du Toit in this Skilpadvlei Wine Farm class A VW Jetta MkII. Colin Nicholas-Meder, International Tube Technology class A VW Polo, and John Craig, class A VW Polo rounding off the top five.

Mario Roux claimed the class B victory in his Automar VW Jetta MkII with Jacques Geldenhuys, Ferroli Motorsport VW Golf MkII, and Eden Thompson, Mad Performance / Somerset Refrigeration VW Golf MkI, second and third respectively after having tripped over each other in Cape Town corner. Finishing ahead of the legendary Sarel van der Merwe in ninth overall was Marco Busi in his Automan VW Polo.

Christopher Swart claimed top honours in class C with his Jacks Hardware & Paint VW Golf MkI 1.8 with defending champion, Bryan Morgan, second in his GreatSoft Payroll VW Golf MkI 1.8. GreatSoft teammate, Jarred Simpson third in the hotly contested category.

Shane du Toit took command of the second heat in the Skilpadvlei Wine Farm class A VW Jetta MkII but it was still second placed Brett Roach that claimed overall success in his Old Mutual class A VW Jetta MkII with John Craig Jnr third in his VW Polo Cup racer. Colin Nicholas-Meder fourth in his International Tube Technology VW Polo. Eden Thompson, Mad Performance / Somerset Refrigeration class B VW Golf MkI, and Jacques Geldenhuys, Ferroli Motorsport VW Golf MkII, passed the chequered flag line astern with Mario Roux, Automar VW Jetta MkII, hot on their heels.

Had Sarel van der Merwe not run bearings on his loaned Shane du Toit, class B VW Golf MkII, the result could have favoured the veteran as he was keeping the youngsters wide awake whilst doing his best to keep Supervan in check. Dries du Toit relieved to receive the car back with no visible panel damage. Sarel very complimentary of the standard of racing and the spirit within the Bold Marine GTi Challenge community in general. Celebrating 50 years as a professional racing driver in 2017 the youngsters were equally complimentary of the legendary South African ace and it is anticipated that Oom Sarel will be back!    

Greatsoft Payroll teammates, Bryan Morgan and Jarred Simpson, made it a one-two in the hotly contested class C with the VW Golf MkI cars followed home by the similar BGA Auto entry of Jaco Lambert.

In class Jurie Swart disappeared off the scoring as did Jaco Lambert in class C.

Formula Libre 2x8 Laps
Garth de Villiers (Pole 1min14.625) dominated proceedings in his Durrant Motorsport Formula VW Reynard whilst Mike Verrier, Rico Barlow Racing Formula VW Reynard, and Dee-Jay Booysen, Dico / Easy Skips Formula RM08, traded podium positions in the respective heats. The neat Formula M entry of Dee-Jay Booysen eventually taking second overall for the day.

Graham Knight the only class B entry in his Photo Hire Formula Ford Ray whilst class C went to Byron Mitchell in his Formula Vee Sting with Blaze Nicholas second in his Formula Vee Lantis and Cyril Somerville third in his Dolphin Engineering Formula Vee Lantis.

Kent Homes Fine Cars 2x8 Laps
Though this series scores chamiionship points based on Index of Performance the spectators only see the actual track positions with respect to results which does cause some confusion when analising who did what as each heat is considered a complete event and no overall classification is achieved.

Arnold Lambert, Lambert Racing VW Jetta MkI, claimed the first heat from Deon Conradie (Pole 1min32.277) in his Serge Damseaux Gp N class C replica Toyota Conquest RSi Twin Cam with Robert Toscano third in his Japanese flagged Mazda MX5.

Heat two saw Deon Conradie in determined mode and he led Arnold Lambert home with Robert Toscano again filling the podium in his Mazda MX5. The series lacking the numbers on this occasion but it was still good to see a genuine Mazda RX7 (Jan Koekemoer) and the ever consistent Ray Cooper (Peninsula Power Products Ford Escort GT) mixing it with the always improving Double Apex Mazda MX5 of Sudhir Matai.

Access Auto Classic Cars 2x8 Laps
Malcolm Uytenbogaardt claimed the incident of the day through no fault of his own when the left front suspension on the Carters Boys class A Ford Granada Perana V8 failed in the almost flatout Rhodes Sweep (Damps Dip) and with the heavy car representing a fair amount of momentum it finished the day upside down next to the retaining wall. No injuries to the driver, but a complete rebuild may be required for the Granada.

On track it was an absolute pleasure to watch Trevor Momberg control the racing from pole (Pole 1min25.021) in his class A Ford capri 3.4 V6. Driving like he stole it he was followed home in heat one by an impressive Eric van der Merwe, class A Lynx Motorsport Porsche 944T, and Louis Powell in his Meissner replica class A Novel Ford Escort.

Trevor repeated his class act in heat two but had Dave Köpke following close behind in The Guesthouse class S Mazda R100. Struggling with overheating in heat one Dave altered his exhaust for the second heat and immediately proved to be more comfortable chasing after the Capri. Eric van der Merwe third in the Lynx Motorsport Porsche 944T.

Robin Forbes had a steady day at the helm of the always attractve Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 5.7 V8 and two fourth places kept him ahead of Louis Powell in the Ford Escort on the overall scores with class C winner, Jonathan Gunn, sixth in the Allan Mann lookalike Ford Escort.