Extreme Cape racing action

2018-02-20 06:00

Killarney’s 2018 racing championships exploded into action as a dazzling display of crunching racing kept a sizeable crowd entertained throughout a perfect Cape summer’s day at the opening Wingfield Motors Power Series meeting on Saturday.

The action was fraught on track as cars and bikes produced spectacular dicing, while red flags flew to stop the action as it came a touch too close on more than one occasion.

Marcel Angel won the fastest Pirelli Sports & GT car races of the day in his Ferrari, while Mark Ridgway surprised in the V8 Masters and Andrew Moffit came out on top of the Makita Supercar fight.

It all went the way of last year’s champions, Umpie Swart, Eden Thompson and Marco Busi, in the BurlyPro GTi Challenge and on two wheels, David McFadden raced to RST Suzuki South Superbike victory. Danie Maritz and Chris Williams shared RST Trac Mac & Clubmans wins and JP Freidrich was dominant in Powersport. Andrew Rackstraw took Open Wheeler honours, while Danie van Niekerk won the Mike’s Place Clubmans car races and Jaco Lambert the Shatterfix Fine Car races. It was a fine day’s racing all round, and with just three weeks before the next round, battle lines are drawn for the rest of the season.

Looking at the action in a little more detail, the fastest races of the day – the Pirelli Sports and GTs – were all about Angel and his marvellous Ferrari 458 GT3, but not before the demise of dominant first race leader André Bezuidenhout’s Juno Nissan and third-placed Steve Humble’s Mallock.

That left the way open for Clinton Thorne’s wild, winged Lotus 7 replica to steal second from Colin Plit’s Juno-Honda, Mike Verrier’s Shelby-Nissan and Porsche duo Andre Brink and Peter van der Spuy.

Talking about bruising racing, the BurlyPro GTi Challenge dished up its regular dose of exceptional spectacle with the red flag coming out barely before the new season had even started after a collision between Class B driver Mario Roux and Class C lad Chris Swart. Umpie Swart then proceeded to romp to victory in his Polo Classic over Polo trio Johan Pretorius, Paul-Hendrik Franken and Francois van Tonder, as well as a rather lonely Class B winner Eden Thompson and Class C victor Marco Busi as all three class champions won their opening races of the new season.

Class B runner, Gideon Serfontein, fought back through the Class C stampede to finish ahead of the Class C runners.

Swart took a far closer-fought and highly entertaining second race win over Driver of the Day Paul-Hendrik Franken and Van Tonder, while Serfontein beat Thompson to the Class B win and Busi watched his Class C rivals fight it out in his mirrors as Williams escaped a late race oil slick that reshuffled the field behind him to see Gert du Plessis home third in class from Morgan, Lupini and Simpson in a wild race to the line.

Swart took overall victory from Franken and Van Tonder; Thompson beat Serfontein to the Class B trophy and Busi took the Brat Pack win from Williams, Lupini and Simpson.

There’s a short break before the next Wingfield Motors Killarney Power Series meeting on 10 March – diarise it now!

Killarney’s 2018 racing championships exploded into action as a dazzling display of crunching racing kept a sizeable crowd entertained throughout a perfect Cape summer’s day at the opening Wingfield Motors Power Series meeting on Saturday.

The action was fraught on track as cars and bikes produced spectacular dicing, while red flags flew to stop the action as it came a touch too close on more than one occasion.

Marcel Angel won the fastest Pirelli Sports & GT car races of the day in his Ferrari, while Mark Ridgway surprised in the V8 Masters and Andrew Moffit came out on top of the Makita Supercar fight.

It all went the way of last year’s champions, Umpie Swart, Eden Thompson and Marco Busi, in the BurlyPro GTi Challenge and on two wheels, David McFadden raced to RST Suzuki South Superbike victory. Danie Maritz and Chris Williams shared RST Trac Mac & Clubmans wins and JP Freidrich was dominant in Powersport. Andrew Rackstraw took Open Wheeler honours, while Danie van Niekerk won the Mike’s Place Clubmans car races and Jaco Lambert the Shatterfix Fine Car races. It was a fine day’s racing all round, and with just three weeks before the next round, battle lines are drawn for the rest of the season.

Looking at the action in a little more detail, the fastest races of the day – the Pirelli Sports and GTs – were all about Angel and his marvellous Ferrari 458 GT3, but not before the demise of dominant first race leader André Bezuidenhout’s Juno Nissan and third-placed Steve Humble’s Mallock.

That left the way open for Clinton Thorne’s wild, winged Lotus 7 replica to steal second from Colin Plit’s Juno-Honda, Mike Verrier’s Shelby-Nissan and Porsche duo Andre Brink and Peter van der Spuy.

Talking about bruising racing, the BurlyPro GTi Challenge dished up its regular dose of exceptional spectacle with the red flag coming out barely before the new season had even started after a collision between Class B driver Mario Roux and Class C lad Chris Swart. Umpie Swart then proceeded to romp to victory in his Polo Classic over Polo trio Johan Pretorius, Paul-Hendrik Franken and Francois van Tonder, as well as a rather lonely Class B winner Eden Thompson and Class C victor Marco Busi as all three class champions won their opening races of the new season.

Class B runner, Gideon Serfontein, fought back through the Class C stampede to finish ahead of the Class C runners.

Swart took a far closer-fought and highly entertaining second race win over Driver of the Day Paul-Hendrik Franken and Van Tonder, while Serfontein beat Thompson to the Class B win and Busi watched his Class C rivals fight it out in his mirrors as Williams escaped a late race oil slick that reshuffled the field behind him to see Gert du Plessis home third in class from Morgan, Lupini and Simpson in a wild race to the line.

Swart took overall victory from Franken and Van Tonder; Thompson beat Serfontein to the Class B trophy and Busi took the Brat Pack win from Williams, Lupini and Simpson.

There’s a short break before the next Wingfield Motors Killarney Power Series meeting on 10 March – diarise it now!

Killarney’s 2018 racing championships exploded into action as a dazzling display of crunching racing kept a sizeable crowd entertained throughout a perfect Cape summer’s day at the opening Wingfield Motors Power Series meeting on Saturday.

The action was fraught on track as cars and bikes produced spectacular dicing, while red flags flew to stop the action as it came a touch too close on more than one occasion­.

Marcel Angel won the fastest Pirelli Sports & GT car races of the day in his Ferrari, while Mark Ridgway surprised in the V8 Masters and Andrew Moffit came out on top of the Makita Supercar fight.

It all went the way of last year’s champions, Umpie Swart, Eden Thompson and Marco Busi, in the BurlyPro GTi Challenge and on two wheels, David McFadden raced to RST Suzuki South Superbike victory. Danie Maritz and Chris Williams shared RST Trac Mac & Clubmans wins and JP Freidrich was dominant in Powersport. Andrew Rackstraw took Open Wheeler honours, while Danie van Niekerk won the Mike’s Place Clubmans car races and Jaco Lambert the Shatterfix Fine Car races. It was a fine day’s racing all round, and with just three weeks before the next round, battle lines are drawn for the rest of the season.

Looking at the action in a little more detail, the fastest races of the day – the Pirelli Sports and GTs – were all about Angel and his marvellous Ferrari 458 GT3, but not before the demise of dominant first race leader André Bezuidenhout’s Juno Nissan and third-placed Steve Humble’s Mallock.

That left the way open for Clinton Thorne’s wild, winged Lotus 7 replica to steal second from Colin Plit’s Juno-Honda, Mike Verrier’s Shelby-Nissan and Porsche duo Andre Brink and Peter van der Spuy.

Talking about bruising racing, the BurlyPro GTi Challenge dished up its regular dose of exceptional spectacle with the red flag coming out barely before the new season had even started after a collision between Class B driver Mario Roux and Class C lad Chris Swart. Umpie Swart then proceeded to romp to victory in his Polo Classic over Polo trio Johan Pretorius, Paul-Hendrik Franken and Francois van Tonder, as well as a rather lonely Class B winner Eden Thompson and Class C victor Marco Busi as all three class champions won their opening races of the new season.

Class B runner, Gideon Serfontein, fought back through the Class C stampede to finish ahead of the Class C runners.

Swart took a far closer-fought and highly entertaining second race win over Driver of the Day Paul-Hendrik Franken and Van Tonder, while Serfontein beat Thompson to the Class B win and Busi watched his Class C rivals fight it out in his mirrors as Williams escaped a late race oil slick that reshuffled the field behind him to see Gert du Plessis home third in class from Morgan, Lupini and Simpson in a wild race to the line.

Swart took overall victory from Franken and Van Tonder; Thompson beat Serfontein to the Class B trophy and Busi took the Brat Pack win from Williams, Lupini and Simpson­.

There’s a short break before the next Wingfield Motors Killarney Power Series meeting on 10 March – diarise it now!

Killarney’s 2018 racing championships exploded into action as a dazzling display of crunching racing kept a sizeable crowd entertained throughout a perfect Cape summer’s day at the opening Wingfield Motors Power Series meeting on Saturday.

The action was fraught on track as cars and bikes produced spectacular dicing, while red flags flew to stop the action as it came a touch too close on more than one occasion­.

Marcel Angel won the fastest Pirelli Sports & GT car races of the day in his Ferrari, while Mark Ridgway surprised in the V8 Masters and Andrew Moffit came out on top of the Makita Supercar fight.

It all went the way of last year’s champions, Umpie Swart, Eden Thompson and Marco Busi, in the BurlyPro GTi Challenge and on two wheels, David McFadden raced to RST Suzuki South Superbike victory. Danie Maritz and Chris Williams shared RST Trac Mac & Clubmans wins and JP Freidrich was dominant in Powersport. Andrew Rackstraw took Open Wheeler honours, while Danie van Niekerk won the Mike’s Place Clubmans car races and Jaco Lambert the Shatterfix Fine Car races. It was a fine day’s racing all round, and with just three weeks before the next round, battle lines are drawn for the rest of the season.

Looking at the action in a little more detail, the fastest races of the day – the Pirelli Sports and GTs – were all about Angel and his marvellous Ferrari 458 GT3, but not before the demise of dominant first race leader André Bezuidenhout’s Juno Nissan and third-placed Steve Humble’s Mallock.

That left the way open for Clinton Thorne’s wild, winged Lotus 7 replica to steal second from Colin Plit’s Juno-Honda, Mike Verrier’s Shelby-Nissan and Porsche duo Andre Brink and Peter van der Spuy.

Talking about bruising racing, the BurlyPro GTi Challenge dished up its regular dose of exceptional spectacle with the red flag coming out barely before the new season had even started after a collision between Class B driver Mario Roux and Class C lad Chris Swart. Umpie Swart then proceeded to romp to victory in his Polo Classic over Polo trio Johan Pretorius, Paul-Hendrik Franken and Francois van Tonder, as well as a rather lonely Class B winner Eden Thompson and Class C victor Marco Busi as all three class champions won their opening races of the new season.

Class B runner, Gideon Serfontein, fought back through the Class C stampede to finish ahead of the Class C runners.

Swart took a far closer-fought and highly entertaining second race win over Driver of the Day Paul-Hendrik Franken and Van Tonder, while Serfontein beat Thompson to the Class B win and Busi watched his Class C rivals fight it out in his mirrors as Williams escaped a late race oil slick that reshuffled the field behind him to see Gert du Plessis home third in class from Morgan, Lupini and Simpson in a wild race to the line.

Swart took overall victory from Franken and Van Tonder; Thompson beat Serfontein to the Class B trophy and Busi took the Brat Pack win from Williams, Lupini and Simpson­.

There’s a short break before the next Wingfield Motors Killarney Power Series meeting on 10 March – diarise it now!

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