Power series continues

2018-03-06 06:00

After several leading competitors were involved in spectacular crashes during the opening Power Series meeting last month, they will all be fighting for the winner’s chequered flag during the second round at Killarney on Saturday.

The big Masters V8 events on the day proved to be a really explosive package. Highlighted by a multiple pileup in the first race that eliminated several of the front runners, including reigning champion Fabio Tafani, it was appreciated most by those spectators who like it rough. The fast improving Mark Ridgway managed to stay out of trouble and went on to notch up a first and second place for the day. His performance this weekend is going to be worth watching.

The one-make Makita Formula Supercars may be a mite slower but they are every bit as exciting. Their first corner, first lap crash in the second race last month had the crowd on their feet. No bets on this one, but Glen Philips, Andrew Moffitt, Jarryd Evans and Ryan McCarthy are all in with a chance.

The Mike’s Place Clubman events in the first round provided an early shock when superstar Danie van Niekerk’s BMW 325 was out-qualified by the Volksies of Shane du Toit and Boland’s Brennon Green. While Van Niekerk eventually finished as the overall victor after the other two both experienced problems, the Beemer driver knows he is going to have to be at his very best if he wants to win again on Saturday.

If Francis Carruthers’ revamped 7-litre V8 Chev Aquila is ready, after missing the first round of the Pirelli Sports & GT category, it will be interesting to see how it fares against Marcel Angel’s Ferrari 458 and Craig Jarvis in the latest V10 Dodge Viper. Then there’s the Nissan Juno in the hands of Andre Bezuidenhout, which sent shock waves through the pits when it qualified more than two seconds quicker than Angel’s Ferrari. Although it failed to finish even one race and was not classified, it could be a winner this weekend.

As predicted, although not dominant, the class C contenders in round one of the Burly Pro GTi Challenge, despite finishing some way behind class A hotshots like Jurie Swart, provided an excellent display of close racing.

With a selection of entries that vary from cars like a powerful rotary-engined Mazda RX7, to a little Austin Healy Sprite, the Shatterfix Fine Car organisers are fortunate to have an Index of Performance formula that enables them to level the playing field. While Jaco Lambert won the most recent round in a VW Fox, Saturday could be different.

As this preview goes to print, the entries are still open for the Classic Car and Formula Libre categories.

Of course the family angle ensures there is always more than just the racing at a Power Series meeting. There is no charge for admission to the pit enclosure or for grandstand seating, while a free shuttle service is available for those wanting to move around.

A selection of refreshments can be enjoyed at the new pit lounge or the clubhouse, while younger enthusiasts will be well looked after at the nearby Kiddies’ Korner.

Sponsored by Wingfield Motors, with media support from Radio KFM, admission is R70 for adults and R20 for scholars under 16. Kids under 12 enter for free

After several leading competitors were involved in spectacular crashes during the opening Power Series meeting last month, they will all be fighting for the winner’s chequered flag during the second round at Killarney on Saturday.

The big Masters V8 events on the day proved to be a really explosive package. Highlighted by a multiple pileup in the first race that eliminated several of the front runners, including reigning champion Fabio Tafani, it was appreciated most by those spectators who like it rough.

The fast improving Mark Ridgway managed to stay out of trouble and went on to notch up a first and second place for the day.

His performance this weekend is going to be worth watching.

The one-make Makita Formula Supercars may be a mite slower but they are every bit as exciting.

Their first corner, first lap crash in the second race last month had the crowd on their feet.

No bets on this one, but Glen Philips, Andrew Moffitt, Jarryd Evans and Ryan McCarthy are all in with a chance.

The Mike’s Place Clubman events in the first round provided an early shock when superstar Danie van Niekerk’s BMW 325 was out-qualified by the Volksies of Shane du Toit and Boland’s Brennon Green.

While Van Niekerk eventually finished as the overall victor after the other two both experienced problems, the Beemer driver knows he is going to have to be at his very best if he wants to win again on Saturday.

If Francis Carruthers’ revamped 7-litre V8 Chev Aquila is ready, after missing the first round of the Pirelli Sports & GT category, it will be interesting to see how it fares against Marcel Angel’s Ferrari 458 and Craig Jarvis in the latest V10 Dodge Viper.

Then there’s the Nissan Juno in the hands of Andre Bezuidenhout, which sent shock waves through the pits when it qualified more than two seconds quicker than Angel’s Ferrari.

Although it failed to finish even one race and was not classified, it could be a winner this weekend.

As predicted, although not dominant, the class C contenders in round one of the Burly Pro GTi Challenge, despite finishing some way behind class A hotshots like Jurie Swart, provided an excellent display of close racing.

With a selection of entries that vary from cars like a powerful rotary-engined Mazda RX7, to a little Austin Healy Sprite, the Shatterfix Fine Car organisers are fortunate to have an Index of Performance formula that enables them to level the playing field.

While Jaco Lambert won the most recent round in a VW Fox, Saturday could be different.

As this preview goes to print, the entries are still open for the Classic Car and Formula Libre categories.

Of course the family angle ensures there is always more than just the racing at a Power Series meeting.

There is no charge for admission to the pit enclosure or for grandstand seating, while a free shuttle service is available for those wanting to move around.

A selection of refreshments can be enjoyed at the new pit lounge or the clubhouse, while younger enthusiasts will be well looked after at the nearby Kiddies’ Korner.

Sponsored by Wingfield Motors, with media support from Radio KFM, admission is R70 for adults and R20 for scholars under 16. Kids under 12 enter for free

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