17 Sep EXTREME FESTIVAL ROUND 7 – PREVIEW
EXTREME FESTIVAL BRINGS NATIONAL MOTORSPORT FEVER TO KILLARNEY INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
The second visit this year of the Extreme Festival sponsored by Wingfield Motors to Killarney International Raceway on Saturday 28 September is going to be even more amped-up on adrenalin than the first, with no less than five National Championship and three National Challenge classes, backed up by support races for one of Killarney’s action-packed Regional classes.
Headlining the action will be the prestigious Global Touring Cars, in the GTC and GTC2 categories; they’re fast, they’re noisy and the racing is spectacularly close – but if it’s mirror and door-handle bashing action you want, then the Falken Polo Cup is for you.
All the cars in this class are identical, near-standard Volkswagen Polos, they’re all on the same tyres and the drivers are young and hungry, willing to take chances in their quest for fame and glory – and they will tell you straight out that theirs is a contact sport!
In contrast, the drivers of the Investchem Formula 1600 cars try to avoid contact because when these F1 mini-mes tangle wheels the results tend to be extreme. The drivers are just as competitive as their tin-top colleagues, however, and this class is known for some spectacular mishaps.
But the closest racing of all is likely to be in the Superbike classes, where local hotshots will join the National contenders, using home-track advantage to show the visitors a thing or two. In addition to the litre-class Superbikes and 600cc Supersports, there will also be National Challenge racing in both the one-make Kawasaki ZX-10R Masters Cup and the Gauteng-based Thunderbike categories.
The pits paddock will be open to the public all day, and spectators are invited onto the circuit during the lunch break to meet the competitors in one of the categories.
The Trackside Pub and Grill upstairs at the Clubhouse offers ice-cold drinks and fine food, or you can grab takeaways and drinks from the New Pits Lounge and the Karting Clubhouse. Watch real time on-screen coverage of the action, as well as live timing, on the Clubhouse Balcony and in the New Pits Lounge, then hop on the free Hyundai Shuttle and watch it live from vantage points all round the circuit.
There are pedal karts, pushbikes, jungle gyms and more for petrolheads-in-training at the Clubhouse Kiddies Korner and below the New Pits Lounge; parents of toddlers will find fridges to keep juice boxes cold, nappy-changing and breastfeeding facilities, as well as toilets and wash-up facilities, at the Kiddies’ Korner nursery.
The seventh and penultimate round of the Extreme Festival sponsored by Wingfield Motors will be run at Killarney International Raceway on Saturday 28 September. Gates open at 7:30am, racing begins at 10:00am. Book at Computicket (https://tickets.computicket.com/event/national_extreme_festival_rnd_7/7109061) or pay at the gate: Adults R100, scholars under 16 R40 and children under 12 free.