V8 Masters will fight for space

2016-11-29 08:35
Hard driving as the season nears its climax has resulted in the situation getting a little out of hand at times. This is what happened at the most recent Killarney stock car meeting.

Hard driving as the season nears its climax has resulted in the situation getting a little out of hand at times. This is what happened at the most recent Killarney stock car meeting. (Dave Colins)

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Racing at Killarney on Saturday is due to become a virtual mechanical variety show and is certain to reach a new high when a round of the stock car summer championship gets under way immediately after the final leg of the power series.

Having both forms of competition sponsored by Wingfield Motors is another first for the venue.

Although there are several new events on the power series programme, the highlights are expected to include the V8 Masters events. These American-based units are large and powerful, they need space to manoeuvre and are not finding it easy in a category that currently hosts a larger entry than ever before.

There is almost nothing to choose between V8 drivers like multiple champion Marcel Angel, Fabio Tafani, Boland’s Richard Schreuder, British ace Stephen Young and Craig Jarvis. While Tafani was the overall winner of the most recent meeting, this result may well have been different had it not been for an apparent spillage of oil in one of the corners that resulted in chaos, with big V8s spinning off in all directions.

Fortunately, there was no serious damage and no-one was injured.

Then, while Dayne Angel was in pole position on the Makita Formula Supercar grid that day, overall victory went to Brad Wadeley.

One of the closest battles is expected to be fought in the Bold Marine GTi challenge. Although this title already belongs to the consistent Bryan Morgen in his Class C 1.8 Golf, the leading Class A hotshots Jano van der Westhuizen (VW Polo Vivo) and Nian du Toit (VW Jetta 3) still have a score to settle.

They won one race each last month, with overall victory eventually going to Van der Westhuizen after a flying young Jurie Swart snatched second place from Du Toit in the final chase.

Among the other events is a category for any car with a closed top. While this has opened the door for a variety of entries, two of the most exciting have been by Craig Jarvis in his V10 Dodge Viper and Clive Corder in a rare Lola T70 V8.

There will also be races for Formula Vee single seaters, while a full range of motorcycle events is going to include a breakfast run GP.

The lights will change for the first power series event at 10:00, while the oval track racing gets underway at about 16:30.

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