Too close to call for Killarney this weekend

2015-11-03 06:00
 Charl Arangies in his multimillion rand V10 Lamborghini Gallardo leads Dawie Joubert in his Lotus Exige around turn one in Killarney's Extreme Festival. PHOTO: colin Brown

Charl Arangies in his multimillion rand V10 Lamborghini Gallardo leads Dawie Joubert in his Lotus Exige around turn one in Killarney's Extreme Festival. PHOTO: colin Brown

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With several championships still to be decided, the tension at Killarney is mounting as Saturday’s final round of the popular Wingfield Motors-sponsored Power Series draws closer.

Table View driver Paul Simon is one of those whose chances are balanced on a knife edge. The reigning Bold Marine GTi Challenge titleholder, Simon had his lead in the current series slashed when he had to settle for third place in his class in the previous round.

However, he still holds a narrow 4-point advantage over Zakkie Hendricks with Craig du Toit further back in third place.

With two drivers tied in the lead, the Mutlu Batteries Classic Car Series is even closer. Despite competing in different classes Trevor Momberg (Ford Capri) and Herman de Kock (Ford Escort) are level with 45 points.

Dawie Joubert is every Killarney fan’s current hero after his magnificent recent performances. During last month’s national Extreme Festival meeting, the Lotus Exige driver took on the visiting Charl Arangies in his multimillion rand V10 Lamborghini Gallardo. Joubert actually passed the Italian supercar in the KTM corner before being forced to retire with mechanical problems.

These have now been rectified and on Saturday he is going to be back in action and facing opposition from Sports and GT champion Francis Carruthers (Juno SS3), Blaauwberg’s Craig Jarvis (V10 Dodge Viper) and Johan Engelbrecht (Porsche GT2R).

The Midas Clubman final promises to be a BMW-Audi shootout with possible Volkswagen interference. The starring roles in are Alex and André Johnson in their Audi Quattros as they take on the Beemers of Danie van Niekerk and Junaid Slamang. The wild card is a VW Jetta in the hands of former stock car champion Jesse Huggett.

The V8 Masters championship leader Richard Schreuder is another competitor making his mark. He can expect opposition from reigning titleholder Marcel Angel and visiting British ace Steven Young.

The closely contested Makita Formula Supercar events that are being run in conjunction with the Masters V8s are likely to be fought out between drivers Dayne Angel, Nick Adcock, Brad Wadeley, Gareth Easom and Andrew Moffitt.

And with separate events for a large field of Cars Unlimited Fine Cars, the near-record number of entries should provide a fitting end to the season.

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