WMPS5 Killarney

Undoubtedly the focus of the world was on the dramatic Thailand Tham Luang Cave rescue of the Wild Boar soccer team and their coach and though a diver sadly lost his life the efforts of everyone under the guidance of Australian SAAS Med STAR anaesthetist, Richard “Harry” Harris, deservedly received applause from across the globe.

The FIFA World Cup 2018 have developed into a Croatia and France final on 15 July 2018. For Croatia a first ever final whilst France may just be celebrating their Independence Day (Bastille Day 14 July 1789) by winning as second world cup title. On 12 July 1998 Zinedine Zidane led France to a 3-0 victory of Brazil at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis and ironically Croatia lost to France in the 1998 semi final. Though totally outgunned on paper the sheer guts and determination of the Croatia team will serve them well at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Sadly the conduct of the English fans certainly did nothing to earn any respect, in stark contrast to the stunning display of discipline and character by the Japanese. Losing to Croatia certainly did nothing to make the English feel better and then Sebastian Vettel managed to win the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone for Ferrari and for South Africa Kevin Anderson achieved the nigh impossible when he beat Roger Federer in the quarter-final of the Wimbleton Tennis Tournament. Only the third player to overcome a two set deficit against the 36 year old 20 time major winner. Going on to beat close friend John Isner in a marathon 6hour35min semi-final possibly taxing his own resources too much to achieve victory in the final.

England did however celebrate the 100th year of the Royal Air Force in fine style with a mass flypast over Buckingham Palace on 10 July 2018, acknowledging South African statesman - Field Marshal Jan Christiaan Smuts PC, OM, CH, DTD, ED, KC, FRS - as the founder of the Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918. How disappointing then to learn than South African Motocross World Championship MX2 rider, Calvin Vlaanderen, have opted to continue his career under the Dutch flag after Motorsport South Africa had complained that he had not approached them for permission to ride under the South African flag?  The first South African to have won a round of the world championship since Tyla Rattray in 2008 and the first for Honda since Assen 2015! But then Brad Binder flew the SA flag high with his first Moto 2 GP victory at the Sachsenring whilst Paolo Piazza-Musso and his Zakspeed Ford Escort wowed the Festival of Speed.

In the Western Cape the birthday of Jaki Scheckter was celebrated with the fifth round of the Wingfield Motors Power Series at the Killarney International Raceway. The 195th day of the year leaving 170 days of 2018 remaining and with the Theewaterskloof Dam 39.4% the water average now stands at an encouraging 53.9% with more rain and snow expected.

Friday saw the rain belting down in the Western Cape with Saturday extremely chilly but dry and the 18 race itinerary certainly presented good racing despite the fact that a number of local competitors had opted to try out the fresh new surface of the Aldo Scribante track in the Eastern Cape.

Formula Libre 2x8 Laps

Rain during the June event denied Dee-Jay Booysen the opportunity to really show what he had gained in pace with the Bidvest McCarthy Suzuki powered RM08 but changing from a 6 lap first heat to an eight lap second heat saw the red car stuttering past the chequered flag when the team failed to add fuel for the longer second race.

Overall victory by the narrowest of margins with Thomas van der Merwe an impressive second in the Project 8 Installers VW Arrow 1.4 and Byron Mitchell third in his Dolphin Engineering Racing VW Forza 1.4. Cyril Somerville claimed fifth in his Dolphin Engineering Racing VW Sting 1.4 and the top six competed by Delano Fowler in his Formula Vee Rhema.

Burly Pro GTi Challenge 2x8 Laps

Jano van der Westhuizen claimed overall victory in his Wingfield Motors / Shatterfix VW Polo Vivo but Colin Nicholas Meder served notice of his intend by stealing the second heat win on the line in his International Tube Technology VW Polo Vivo. Chris Roberts third overall and third in class A with his VW Jetta MkII. Nian du Toit looked threatening in his Cheaper Cars VW Jetta but his challenge faltered with fuel pump problems.

Eden Thompson, Somerset Refrigeration / Mad performance VW Golf MkI, was pushed hard to the flag by Gideon Serfontein, Goeie Hoop Onderdele VW Golf MkII, and Mario Roux, Fushion Pre Owned VW Jetta, providing spectators with very entertaining class B tussle in both heats.

Marco Busi and Dario Busi might have finished first and second in class C with their respective Automan VW Golf MkI entries, but nothing more than a coat of paint separated the brothers from Ebrahim Levy, Jacques Geldenhuys, Christopher Swart and Giordano Lupini. Possible the most entertaining tussles of the day.

Mikes Place Clubmans Saloons 2x8 Laps

A massive entry ad determined racing saw the races interrupted by more accidents and incidents that would be considered acceptable and it was the Farmtruck, G&A Promotions / Speed precision VW MkII, of Clint Rennard that eventually claimed first overall from a somewhat surprised Ernest Roos in his class C winning Executive Truth Verification BMW E36 and the class D winning Universal health Care VW Polo Vivo of Francois van Tonder. George Neethling  fourth in his M/Saich VW Golf MkI with Michael Le Seuer fifth overall in his class A New Engineering VW Golf MkI and the top six completed by the class D Cape Refractory and Servico VW Polo Classic of Damien Lopez.

The spectaculars exits made by Brennon Green, class A Weskaap Bakwerke VW Golf V Turbo, Eugene van Zyl, class D Farber Coachworks VW Golf MkI and Charlton Taylor, class D Taylor Motorsport VW Polo fortunately did not result in any injuries.

Eugene Kruger won class B in his Durbanville Landscaping VW MkI, JP Share won class E in his Coastal Hire BMW E36 2.5 and Anwar Levy claimed class F in his Armien Levy Motorsport BMW E36. Shane du Toit the most impressive class X entry in the Skilpadvlei / S&S Meat VW MkII.  

Makita Formula Supercars & V8 Masters 2x8 Laps

Jess Huggett celebrated his once off return to the Makita Supercars with a well deserved overall victory in the Auto Lift / Rico Barlow Racing entry with Glen Phillips second and Jarryd Evans third in a substantially modified Cape Eye Laser entry after a last lap incident in Fastron corner. Andrew Moffitt fourth, Brian Fourie fifth in his Silver class winning Storage Town entry and Shane Smith sixth. Most encouraging to see fourteen Supercars in action and the presence of Danie van Niekerk, Ernest Roos, Divan Wentzel and Clifford Bacon certainly hints towards a step up in performance.

The Port Elizabeth national possibly claimed a few entries in the V8 Masters category but it was Fabio Tafani who continued to dominate the series with overall victory from an impressive Mark Ridgway, a determined Brian Evans and a somewhat frustrated Richard Schreuder. Rob Warrington and Harry Taylor fifth and sixth overall respectively.

Shatterfix Fine Cars & Classic Cars 2x8 Laps

Elton Hurst won both heats of the Shatterfix Fine Cars in the mighty Wheels 4 U Nissan Skyline GTX 2.8 but is expected to make his long awaited return in his own Toyota Corolla from the next event. Arnold Lambert achieved a second and third respectively in his Lambert racing VW Jetta MkI with Jan Koekemoer running fourth and second in his neat Mazda RX7. Günther Appelgryn, the invitational surprise, taking a fine third and fourth respectively in the BMW E36. Robert Toscano fifth on both occasions in his Mazda MX5 with Maurizio Toscano sixth in the VW Passat.

Classic Cars looked revitalised and boasted a great entry and some varied and interesting entries certainly made this a highlight for the day. Franco Donadio had to work for overall victory in the Donadio Plant Hire / Harkers Class A Ford Escort MkI BDA 2.3 as Nian du Toit Jnr proved more than a match in the Class X Sympli Consult VW Scirocco. Only a red flag in heat two secured two victories for the Ford but what a splendid tussle between the rear wheel drive Escort and lightweight front wheel drive VW.

Robin Forbes a somewhat lacklustre third in the class S Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 5.8 V8 with Dave Alhadeff a fine fourth in his Class B Alfa Romeo GTAm replica. Louis Powell fifth in the Y151 replica Class A Ford Escort MkI and the Class C Toyota Conquest RSi of Deon Conradie a splendid sixth overall.

The one and only Sarel van der Merwe enjoyed a guest appearance in the Gordn Briggs replica 111 Class C Ford Anglia whilst it was great to note the return of keith Schenck in a Class X VW Jetta and Mark Smith in a Class X VW Jetta. Sadly the Jetta sustained extensive damage in a late crash.

RST Trac Mac Classic, Clubmans & Breakfast Run MC 2x8 Laps

Romano di Leva won overall aboard his street legal Aprilia RF1000 with Clubman Class A winner, Chris Williams, second aboard his Trac Mac Ducati Panigale and Willem Binedell claimed third aboard his ASAP / The Dog Box Suzuki GSXR600. Shamier Alexander fourth for Ecowyze 360 / Mia’s Motorsport aboard his Yamaha R6 and in fifth it was an entertaining Wessel Kruger aboard his West Honda SP2 (RC51).

Wayne Arendse claimed class B aboard his Honda CBR600RR and John Kosterman took Classic honours aboard his Quality Engineering Supplies Suzuki GSXR1100.

RST Suzuki South Superbikes 2x8 Laps

With David “McFlash” McFadden racing his Team Stratos stock Yamaha at Motorland as part of the Spanish Championship the prospect of having the Haupt brothers going head to head again certainly enough reason to weather the chill as spectator.

Brandon Haupt showed his class on a dry and fast Killarney when he claimed overall victory aboard his Fueled Racing / TCF Invest Yamaha R1 with the similar machine of Bernard Haupt second and Gerrit Visser in a deserved third overall aboard his Yamaha R1.

The incredible Hayden Jonas fourth on his 600cc with André Calvert fifth aboard the spectacular Omega property Ducati 1299S and in sixth spot it was Brandon Staffin aboard his Kawasaki ZX6.

Malcolm Rapson claimed the Super Masters category from Robb Cragg, both aboard Kawasaki ZX10R machines.

Pirelli Sports & GT Cars 2x10 Laps

Steve Humble took a well deserved overall victory in the amazingly nimble and rapid Harp Motorsport Opel Mallock Mk14B with Clinton Thorne second in another amazingly quick Fulloutput Toyota Birkin 7. Third overall going to the more conventional Advanced Packaging Technology Porsche GT3 RS of Gary Kieswetter.

Class C winner, Gavin Gorman, fourth in his Nardini VW, followed by Martin Pugh in his Appleberry Farms Nissan Shelby Can Am and Maarten Prins in his three wheeling Porsche GT3 Cup. Arno Church (FVH7 Ford) claimed class D from Cyril Ginsburg (Porsche GT3 RS 3.8).

André Bezuidenhout lost his Juno in a fire after the previous meeting and ironically the Mazda powered Juno SS3 of Sandro Biccari was lost in an on track fire during the second heat. Great to see the Weltevreden Estate Stellenbosch Porsche RSR Turbo 3.2 of André Bezuidenhout return but sadly that ran bearings early in heat one. Dawie Joubert looked set for victory in the Honda Exige Turbo but that succumbed to water pump failure.

RST Trac Mac Powersport MC 2x8 Laps

Chris Williams claimed the Powersport 650cc category aboard his Trac Mac Kawasaki ER650 with Mike van Rensburg second on his similar Simple Maintenance Solutions machine and Ezio Miglietta third on yet another ER650.

Andrew Liebenberg claimed the Powersport 300cc category on his Honda CBR500 with Joske Kotzé second and Kewyn Snyman third on his The Mag Workshop KTM RC390.

Summary

Chilly weather certainly had everyone supporting the coffee vendors but most categories surprised with healthy numbers and determined racing.

With the FIFA World Cup and Wimbleton finals beckoning the weekend held much sporting promise. Congratulations to the defending Western Cape Rally Drivers Champion, Ettiene du Toit, who celebrated his birthday on 15 July.