Endurance meets power at Killarney

2018-05-15 06:00
Marcel Angel’s Ferrari 458 is one of the favourites in the four-hour endurance race. PHOTO: colin brown

Marcel Angel’s Ferrari 458 is one of the favourites in the four-hour endurance race. PHOTO: colin brown

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The combination of a high-speed South African Endurance Series (SAES) event and the third round of the popular Power Series at Killarney on Saturday promises to be a cracker.

With racing for cars only, from early morning until the circuit is lit by powerful headlights, together with plenty of family entertainment, there should be something for everyone­.

The SAES has attracted several of the quickest sports cars in the country. However, one of the highlights is expected to be the duel between Charl Arangies and the Cape’s Marcel Angel, who were involved in a similar shootout at the recent Extreme Festival.

Angel will be sharing the wheel of his Ferrari 458 with his son Dayne during the four-hour drive. Meanwhile Arangies has swapped his V12 Aston Martin for a similar Ferrari 458, with Kishoor Pitamber as his co-driver.

It should be a close one, with their pit stops possibly a vital factor.

Other potent entries that could threaten the Ferraris include a brace of nimble French Ligier JS53s in the hands of Nick Adcock/Michael Jensen and Frits Kleynhans/James Forbes. Another interesting feature is that several cars are motivated by turbocharged Lexus V8 powerplants and they could easily pose a problem for the race leaders.

All this is being preceded by the Power Series, sponsored by Wingfield Motors with media support from Radio Kfm, and where red-hot action is expected. The Mike’s Place Clubman category could be one of the closest, because although Danie van Niekerk’s Beemer is used to calling the shots here, Brennon Green’s lightning fast Golf 5 has been quicker on occasion. And providing the Golf’s reliability issue can be nailed down by Saturday, Van Niekerk’s superiority may be under threat.

Dawie Joubert has a similar problem with his Lotus Exige in the Pirelli Sports and GT events, because although he recently set a Killarney sports car lap record and is magnificent to watch in action, the Lotus does not always finish.

This could open the door for Andre Bezuidenhout, who has been in outstanding form this season in his Nissan-powered Juno.

Behind them, it will be interesting to see if Steve Humble and Clinton Thorne in their ageless Opel Mallock and Birkin 7 can cope with Colin Plit’s Honda Juno SS3 in class B.

While Jano van der Westhuizen (class A, Polo Vivo), may dominate the (almost) one-make Burly Pro GTi challenge, once you distinguish the classes, these are three races in one. The interest in class C will be to see whether the Golfs of the Busi brothers can contain the aggressive Brett Roach (Golf 1.8).

Marcel Angel’s first track outing is in the V8 Masters category where his opposition will be headed by reigning champion Fabio Tafani, Mark Ridgway and Britain’s Stephen Young.

While the Makita Supercars may not be the fastest on the track, they certainly provide some of the most entertaining racing. Watch for Jaco Lambert as he takes on Ryan McCarthy, Andrew Moffitt and Jarryd Evans­.


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