Great racing expected at Killarney – regardless of the weather

Great racing expected at Killarney – regardless of the weather

Racing in the rain can be hugely entertaining, — providing your car stays on the track.    – Photographer:  Colin Brown


With motor racing virtually the only spectator sport in the world that can actually benefit from inclement weather, all eyes will be in the sky during the build-up to Saturday’s round of the Wingfield Motors Power Series at Killarney.

And of course some benefit more than others on the track. In the Mike’s Place Clubman events last month for instance, while Shane du Toit dominated the first race on a wet surface, he was narrowly beaten by Brennon Green’s similar VW Golf after the sun came out during their second event. Others who could challenge for the chequered flag include a pair of hot golfs in the hands of Clint Rennard and Basie burger.

Much the same occurred in the high speed Pirelli Sports and GT category. In this one Andre Bezuidenhout’s Juno Nissan had to be content with third behind the nimble Porsche GT3’s of Gary Kieswetter and Ryan Buda in the opener. However the aggressive Juno driver came storming back to snatch victory in the final from Steve Humble (Opel Mallock Mk 14), and Gary Kieswetter who were forced to settle for the lower steps on the podium.

But all things being equal, the switching of several top drivers into different categories should be one of the highlights of the meeting. This applies particularly to the one-make Makita Supercars where Clubman rocket-man Danie van Niekerk and former multiple South African stock car champion Jesse Huggett are going to be challenging established Supercar stars like hard driving Ryan McCarthy, Jarryd Evans and Andrew Moffitt.

The Classic Car events have attracted an excellent entry. Here, while the power of Robin Forbes’ V8 Corvette Stingray and Charles Arton’s Datsun 240Z will be an advantage in good weather, anything else is likely to play into the hands of Franco Donadio’s hugely impressive Ford Escort.

With every Bolander in the crowd cheering him on, Dee-Jay Booysen will have no shortage of support for his home built Ferrari look-alike in the single seater Formula Libre races. However he is going to have to look out for opposition from Sean le Riche (Formula Renault), Damien White (Formula GTi Ray) and Graham Knight (VW Ray).

There will be media support from Radio KFM as well as other races for Shatterfix Fine Cars, the Burly Pro GTi Challenge and V8 Masters also on the programme from 10.00. However the  entertainment extends to the whole family. This includes a fully stocked kiddies playground, live TV and an excellent catering facility.    


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