Killarney racing brought to life

2019-02-21 06:00

Regional racing action returns to Killarney International Raceway with Round 1 of the 2019 Power Series, featuring a full programme of car and motorcycles races in eight categories.

A number of drivers and riders will also be competing for the first time with new machines, so anything could happen and probably will.

As always, the biggest four-wheeled class in terms of numbers will be the Mikes Place Clubmans Saloons, a long-running and very successful series in classes based not on the size or power of your car’s engine but on your personal best lap time in that car. That’s great for the competitors because it means the car doesn’t have to conform to a complex set of class regulations and there’s always somebody to race against – but it’s even better for the spectators because, with more than 40 entries, there’s always fierce dicing throughout the field.

The Burly Pro GTI Challenge, by contrast, is the exact opposite. As its name suggests, it’s open to Volkswagen Golf, Jetta and Polo models only, in near-standard 1.6, 1.8 and two-litre classes, governed by strict rules limiting the modifications allowed and the power output of the engines.

The result is a full grid of different-looking cars with very similar performance – a great recipe for close racing.

This is also a popular class for rookie drivers entering the sport: check out the Class C drivers at the back of the field – among them may be a future champion.

The V8 Masters and Makita Supercars take that concept to its logical conclusion. In each class the cars are identical except for their paintwork.

They were designed and built by the late Owen Ashley and are maintained to exact specifications by the same dedicated technicians of the Class Association, which means that once they get out there on the circuit it’s all down to skill, racecraft and nerve, which, with 300kW and 610Nm on tap in a V8 Masters APV347is car, is probably the most important factor.

The sponsors are Wingfield Motors.

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