21 Mar 25 March; SA Championship Double Header
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 the recoil from a double barrelled blast on Saturday. (march25).
Heading the Festival list is the return of the turbocharged Sasol Global Touring Cars (GTC). And with a large field that is said to be to be a whack faster than they were during their debut meeting in the Cape last year, some exciting racing can be expected.
While predicting a winner is not going to be easy, partisan Kaapenaars will undoubtedly favour local hotshot Johan Fourie in his EPS Courier BMW-2, as he challenges reigning GTC champion, the Eastern Cape’s Michael Stephen (Engen Xtreme Audi A3).
Of course, they could both be upset by the likes of Gennaro Bonafede, who was runner-up in the 2016 title chase in his Sasol BMW and Production kingpin Daniel Rowe, who is moving up to the senior class in a VW Jetta.
The GTC’s are also going to be relaunching the Production Class as GTC-2 for the 2017 season. Here the battle will probably be between Killarney’s Dayne Angel in a lone Honda Civic and a selection of Volkswagen GTi’s and powerful 2-litre Minis.
Then while the Crossley & Webb Sports and GT events do not enjoy national status, their standard of racing certainly justifies it. The centre of attraction is almost certainly is going to be whether Craig Jarvis can keep his brutal 8.4-litre V10 Dodge Viper ahead of a gangbang from three Lotus Exiges in the hands of Dawie Joubert, Philip Booysen and Ian Long.
Jarvis was forced to use his spurs and whip to secure a well deserved overall victory during the opening Power Series meeting. On other occasions the super slick Joubert has been first to the flag. So, no bets — Saturday could go either way.
Other interesting Sports & GT entries include one from Johan Engelbrecht, whose GT2R may well be the fastest Porsche in the country. Then Scois Joubert will be seen in an almost bodyless Ariel Atom that could be a refugee from Weightwatchers, while Steve Humble has the advantage of superior driving ability to compensate for his Juno S2000’s moderate power output.
Ladies 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 to all the macho males in the Engen VW Cup category.
As far as the kortbroeke are concerned, the 15 year old Giordano Lupini is maturing quickly in the Engen VW Cup, while Joshua Dolinschek who is even younger (by a few days), could spring a surprise in his super quick Mygale Duratech, in the Investchem Formula 1600 category.
All in all there’s a lot to see and it’s certainly going to be worth seeing.