Viper to take a bite out of Lamborghini

2015-10-20 06:00

Francis Carruthers is followed closely by Johan Engelbrecht, two of the local sport and GT drivers to keep an eye out for at Killarney on Saturday.

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Francis Carruthers is followed closely by Johan Engelbrecht, two of the local sport and GT drivers to keep an eye out for at Killarney on Saturday. PHOTO: dave colins

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With exciting sports car entries that include the first appearance of Charl Arangies in his racing V10 Lamborghini Galardo LM2 at Killarney, the Cape round of the national Extreme Festival on Saturday promises to be one of the best ever.

It is difficult to predict the result of the battle between the Lamborghini and Craig Jarvis’s 8.4 litre V10 Dodge Viper, that has finally been cured of its transmission problems.

However, with current champ­ion Francis Carruthers (Juno SS3), Gauteng driver Nicky Dicks (Porsche GT3 Cup) and Johan Engelbrecht, who was in magnificent form in his Porsche GT2R during the most recent round of the Extreme Festival at the Zwartkops Raceway in Gauteng, also on the entry list, the Lambo and Viper may not have the advantage of a clear track.

Then there’s the South African Production Car series that is still wide open and is currently being fought out between the super quick all-wheel-drive S4 Audis of ­Michael Stephan (Engen Extreme) and a pair of Sasol entries that have been entrusted to former WesBank champion Hennie Groene­wald and Gennaro Bonafede.

Others who have to be considered here include Simon Moss in another Engen Extreme Audi S4, Graeme Nathan (Genuine Parts Golf GTi) and possibly Greg Maloney in his quick Mini Cooper S.

The Cape challenge is being provided by a selection of BMW models in the hands of Ebrahim Levy, Junaid Slamang, Achmat Achmat and Philip Booysen.

Although teenage star Sheldon van der Linde (VW Polo) is expected to be the guy to beat in the Engen Volkswagen Cup events, he will not find it easy against the likes of Daniel Rowe, Shaun le Reservee and impressive young woman driver Tasmin Pepper.

With the Single Seater Formula Ford events – the closest to F1 anyone is ever likely to see at Killarney – the entry list offers interesting reading.

Apart from a pair of Van Diemens in the hands of leading contenders Nicholas van Weely and Allen Meyer, the balance of the field consists of a variety of Mygale models.

Drivers to watch here include former champions Ian Schofield and Robert Wolk.

An excellent entry has also been received for the Bold Marine GTi Challenge events, where reigning champion Paul Simon will be defending his crown against the likes of fellow class C driver Ebrahim Levy. Ahead of them, the battle will almost certainly be fought out between class A front runners Christopher Swart, Bessie Bester and the aggressive young Marco Busi.

While the racing will be the main attraction, there will be a host of events to emphasise the festival’s family appeal. These include a fun fair with a number of carnival rides, displays of racing cars and motorcycles, radio-controlled model planes and stilt walkers, while a 170-year-old Penny-Farthing bicycle will be on the circuit during the lunch break.

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