08 Sep KILLARNEY EXTREME FESTIVAL – 9 SEPTEMBER 2017
KILLARNEY EXTREME FESTIVAL – 9 SEPTEMBER 2017
Julian van der Watt and Johan Fourie are two of the Kaapenaars who could excel in their categories during SA Championship Extreme Festival meeting at Killarney on Saturday.
Fourie is competing in the Global Touring Car events, a category that is expected to offer a great improvement on the show they produced when they visited the Cape during their inaugural series last year.
And for fervent Cape enthusiasts whose loyalty lies with die streeptruie and the guys from Killarney, Fourie is the guy to watch. Born and raised in the city’s northern suburbs, he has already won 13 South African championships in everything from 50cc karts to powerful Touring Cars. He is currently the privateer in his EPS Couriers BMW, engaged in a battle with the championship leaders Michael Stephan (Engen Xtrene Audi) and Gennaro Bonafede (Sasol BMW).
Johan did extremely well to finish fourth and second in the two hard fought races during the most recent round of the title chase at Zwartkops Raceway, where several leading cars crashed out. And although he remained behind Stephan, he finished ahead of Bonafede who had problems in both races
His objective now is to move into the top three in the Festival Championship races. And to achieve that he will have to outscore Stephan’s team-mate Simon Moss in the second Engen Xtreme Audi. But with Johan on his home circuit, it can be done.
At Zwartkops, the second GTC race was a show stopper. Daniel Rowe (VW Motorsport Jetta) and Robert Wolk (Sasol BMW) led off the line and it took Michael Stephen some time before he caught them. Fourie was not far behind, after they both managed to thread their way through a raft of accidents. These included an order changing crash between Moss and Matthew Hodges in a VW Motorsport Jetta.
Then there’s the G & H Extreme Supercars – and these could well be the best races of all. Because with four Ferraris in the hands of local stars Marcel Angel and Craig Jarvis and the visiting Jonathan du Toit and Charl Arangies, fighting to keep off the Porsches of Johan Engelbrecht (GT2-R) and Franco Scribante (997-T), it could be more exciting than Hurricane Hector.
The Engen Volkswagen Cup events are also expected to be very close. Because although Devin Robertson is the guy to catch here, it was during the Port Elizabeth round that Volkswagen Motorsport’s Jonathan Mogotsi proved it could be done.
The clash between the Mygales of Killarney based championship leader Julian van der Watt and the fast improving Cameron O’Connor in the Investchem Formula 1600 single seater events, is another that’s really worth waiting for.
Van der Watt is a sharpshooter who has been in magnificent form and was unbeaten for 11 championship races – until Stuart White nailed him in one hard fought event at Zwartkops recently. O’Connor was on the tail of the pair in both races and this could be his chance.
Get there early for the best selection of new spectator vantage points.
The first of the 14 races is due to get under way after final qualifying, at 10.45. Admission is R100 for adults and R40 for scholars under 16. There is no charge for youngsters under 12
In addition to the on track activities, we have the following off track entertainment on 9 September
- Fan walks for Extreme Supercars and Volkswagen Cup competitors (KFM Straight) and Global Touring Cars (Main straight). Take your “selfie” with your preferred driver or take a picture in the Killarney frame.
- A Big Airbag jump
- Kiddies bumper cars
- Dart soccer
- Inflatable parachute rocket
- Pedal karts
- Coke Gig rig behind the clubhouse with 4 different bands performing
- Big screen showing racing on other parts of the circuit
- Wine tasting
- Craft beer
- TV’s showing sport including Rugby (Springboks)
- TV showing live timing
- Manufacturer vehicle displays at the Clubhouse
- Vendors selling various items of merchandise and food.
- A Monster Truck will be on display at the Clubhouse – You will also be able to admire this huge machine, (3.5m high / with tyres @ 1.5m in diameter) on the fanwalk
- Jayé Keyz will be performing on the fanwalk at 12:30 pm, on the back of the Monster Truck
- A Snake show at the Clubhouse during the lunch interval
- Good food and drinks while viewing the on track racing, big screen and TV sport from the balcony
Kiddies Corner at Clubhouse:
- Child minders to oversee the kiddies activities
- jungle gyms, jumping castles and trampolines, sand pits,
- Public Karting on Kart circuit
- Karting Clubhouse open
New Pits Lounge:
- TV’s showing sport including rugby
- TV showing live timing
- Live music
- Face Painting
- Kiddies rides
- Jumping castle
- Good food and drinks Watch the racing while being entertained and keeping an eye on the TV displays