Double dare at Killarney

2017-03-21 06:03

With the cars in the national Extreme Festival and the South African championship DEOD Super GP motorcycles on the same programme for the first time in three years, Killarney is preparing for a double-barrelled blast on Saturday.

On the festival programme is the return of the turbocharged Sasol Global Touring Cars (GTCs). And with a large field that is said to be faster than they were during their debut meeting in the Cape last year, some exciting racing can be expected.

Locals will undoubtedly favour local hotshot Johan Fourie in his EPS Courier BMW-2, as he challenges reigning GTC champion Michael Stephen (Engen Xtreme Audi A3).

They could be beaten by the likes of Gennaro Bonafede, who came second in last year’s title chase in his Sasol BMW, and Production kingpin Daniel Rowe, who is moving up to the senior class in a VW Jetta.

The GTCs are going to be relaunching the production class as GTC-2 for this year’s season. Here the battle will probably be between Killarney’s Dayne Angel in a lone Honda Civic, and a selection of Volkswagen GTis and powerful 2F Minis.

Although the Crossley & Webb Sports and GT events do not enjoy national status, their standard of racing justifies it. The biggest question is whether Craig Jarvis can keep his 8.4F V10 Dodge Viper ahead of three Lotus Exiges in the hands of Dawie Joubert, Philip Booysen and Ian Long.

Jarvis secured a well-deserved overall victory during the opening Power series meeting. On other occasions Joubert has been first to the flag. Saturday could go either way.

Other interesting Sports and GT entries include the one from Johan Engelbrecht, whose GT2R may be the fastest Porsche in the country. Then Scois Joubert can be seen in an almost bodyless Ariel Atom, while Steve Humble has the advantage of superior driving ability to compensate for his Juno S2000’s moderate power output.

Women are represented by Paige Lindenberg in the single-seater Investchem Formula 1600 class and VW Polo driver Tasmin Pepper, who is definitely going to be a threat in the Engen VW cup category.

Among the young competitors, 15-year-old Giordano Lupini is maturing quickly in the Engen VW cup, while Joshua Dolinschek could spring a surprise in his Mygale Duratech in the Investchem Formula 1600 category.


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