Killarney Power Seriesmeeting promises thrills

2018-06-05 06:01
Dawie Joubert’s incredibly quick Lotus Exige is a mobile time bomb that recently set a new lap record at Killarney.PHOTO: colin brown

Dawie Joubert’s incredibly quick Lotus Exige is a mobile time bomb that recently set a new lap record at Killarney.PHOTO: colin brown

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With a selection of the fastest sports and saloon cars in the country in action, Saturday’s Power Series meeting at Killarney, sponsored by Wingfield Motors and with media support from Radio Kfm, promises to be a cracker.

Heading the Pirelli Sports Car list is Dawie Joubert in his Lotus Exige, a mobile time bomb that recently set a record time of under 1 min. 10 seconds for a lap of the tight Killarney circuit.

But despite its incredible performance factor, the Lotus has to be driven with care in order to last the pace and Joubert can expect to be hard pressed by the sleek V6 Nissan Juno of Andre Bezuidenhout.

Behind them, Steve Humble and Clinton Thorne in their aging front-engined Mallock 14B and Birkin 7 will engage Gary Kieswetter (Porsche GT3 RS) in the battle for class B honours.

The sharp end of the VW-dominated Mike’s Place Clubman Saloon car grid is certain to be crowded by Brennon Green (Golf 5), Michael le Sueur (Golf 1), Shane du Toit (Golf 1), Clint Rennard (Golf 2l) and Basie Burger (Golf 2). Green may be on pole, but it’s going to be close.

All eyes will be on Dee-Jay Booysen, who just keeps getting better in his elderly F1 lookalike, in the Formula Libre events. This category has attracted a large entry with the Formula Vees of Byron Mitchell, Cyril Somerville and Thomas van der Merwe likely to fight for a class victory.

Another good turnout is expected in the Classic Car category where the surprisingly quick Mk 1 Ford Escort of Franco Donadio is hunting the more experienced Charles Arton in his 3-litre Datsun 240Z.

The Shatterfix Fine Car events have attracted an excellent variety of entries. These include Arnold Lambert (1.8 Jetta), who will have to work to stay ahead of Elton Hurst (Nissan Skyline GTX), Robert Toscano (Mazda MX5) and a selection of more mature BMWs.

While Fabio Tafani is going to be the driver to catch in the big V8 Masters shootout, Richard Schreuder, Mark Ridgway or the seldom seen former SA Rally kingpin Enzo Kuun could quite possibly surprise him. The battle in the smaller one-make Makita Supercar races will be fought out between Ryan McCarthy, Andrew Moffitt and Jarryd Evans, with Jaco Lambert the possible joker in the pack.

With their reputation for the promotion of family events, mothers and their youngsters will be well looked after in the clubhouse area­.

There is even a (free) shuttle service to take them to other vantage points around the circuit.

The first of the 18 events on the programme is due to kick off at 10:00.

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