The promise of thrills at the coming WesBank meeting.
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With Killarney due to stage the eighth and penultimate round of the hard fought national WesBank Super Series on Saturday, spectators can look forward to what could easily be the most action packed race meeting of the year.
Firstly, the battle for championship honours is undoubtedly going to add high octane to the fire. In the innovative Bridgestone Production Car series for instance, while Michael Stephan leads the title chase in his Engen Xtreme Audi S4 he is only 24 points ahead of Hennie Groenewald’s Subaru WRX, with Anthony Taylor’s Afrox BMW 335i, a further five behind in third spot.
Now Groenewald was the top scorer in the recent Zwartkops round, where he was in magnificent form. And with points on offer in all three races, plus a bonus for the quickest qualifying times, there could be some changes made before the close of play on Saturday.
Former champion Johan Fourie and Gennaro Bonafede are going to be showcasing old faces in new outfits, with Fourie now at the wheel of a BMW335i while Bonafede has moved up from class T, to take over the ex-Fourie Audi S4.
The smaller class T (T for turbocharger), is dominated by Graeme Nathan (IndyOil VW Golf), despite him being forced to trail the cheeky Cooper Minis of Lee Thompson and Gavin Cronje for much of the Gauteng meeting. Then, while one of the surprises there was the pace of a Chev Cruze driven by Michael van Rooyen, the highly competitive Castrol Ford Focus STs of Gary Formato and Shaun Duminy were also impressive.
Although the Engen Volkswagen Cup cars may not be quite as quick, these identical 2-litre Polo Cupcakes are piloted by a bunch of kamikaze kids who are quite likely to make Killarney look like Spa-Francorchamp during the Battle of the Bulge in WW2.
Local interest is going to be focused on the Cape’s fiery Marcel (Kosie) Weyers as he targets reigning titleholder Devin Robertson and hotshot teenagers Kelvin van der Linde and Jordan Pepper. While the fifth placed Weyers may be too far back to annex the title his aggressive style is certain to trouble those ahead of him. Here Robertson is approaching his best form and was able to narrow the gap between himself and the current Cup leader Van der Linde, during the previous round.
Old timers will experience waves of nostalgia as veteran Ben Morgenrood attempts to consolidate his lead in the WesBank V8 Supercar championship in his IndyOil Ford, ahead of Franco di Matteo (Varta Batteries Jaguar V8). These V8 events are being run in conjunction with the Shelby CanAm sports cars, with the two groups dispatched in a split start.
A similar double whammy is planned for the single seaters, where the Formula (Ford) 1600s and 2-litre Formula Volkswagens are scheduled to start together with only a small gap between them. There are also going to be events for the Midas Clubman racers and a parade of GSM Darts and Flamingos to commemorate the death of the GSM founder Bob van Niekerk.
The two wheel enthusiasts are being catered for by the national Superbikes and Supersport machinery.
Finally the local content features a pair of invitational Midas Clubman races that are going to make up the first and last events on the program. The 21 entries include Nieyaaz Modack (Audi A4), who will have to deal with leading Beemer gunners like Gavin Cerff, Ebrahim Levy and Danie van Niekerk.
The first of the 15 races is due off after final practice and warm-up sessions at 10.30. Admission is R80 for adults and R20 for scholars under 16. There is no charge for kiddies under 12.