13 Jun No Pain in the Rain for Shane
While Saturday morning’s winter downpour was generally welcomed here in the drought stricken Western Cape, the subsequent series of accidents and incidents made life uncomfortable for many of the competitors.
By contrast, there were others like Shane du Toit, a Mike’s Place Clubman Saloon Car Golfer, who revelled in the wet conditions. So much so that he was able to claim pole position after qualifying spectacularly, almost seven seconds quicker than the similar Golf next to him on the front row.
While Franco Donadio established an even greater gap between his Escort 1 and Dave Alhadeff’s Alfa GTA in the Classic Car category, it must be admitted the Italian car was a class B entry. Finally Byron Mitchel emerged from class C to nail top spot on the Formula Libre grid.
Mitchel then followed through with a fine victory in the opening Libre race ahead of Dee-Jay Booysen’s F1 Ferrari lookalike and Cyril Somerville (VW sting).
And sure enough, Shane du Toit pulled away like an intercontinental North Korean rocket at the start of the first Clubman event. He then continued to expand the gap before finishing well ahead of the Golfs of Brennan Green and Clint Rennard.
There was a surprise in the first V8 Masters shootout when Enzo Kuun, who is a former national rally champion but relatively new Master, worked his way through the field to finish second, not far behind Gauteng hotshot Fabio Tafani, but ahead of Sean Moore.
Honours in the Makita Supercar opener – that was run consecutively with the more powerful Masters — belonged to Ryan McCarthy, Jarryd Evans and multiple Saloon Car titleholder Danie van Niekerk.
Unfortunately Dawie Joubert’s Lotus time-bomb misfired after just three laps of the first Pirelli Sports & GT race. This opened the door for Gary Kieswetter (Porsche GT3 RS), to finish ahead of Ryan Buda (Porsche GT3 Cup), and Andre Bezuidenhout (V6 Nissan Juno).
The first Burly Pro GTi Challenge race was incredibly close with only fractions of a second separating Colin Nicholas Meder, Eden Thompson and Marco Busi — the winners of the three classes – from their chasers.
With the circuit drying during the final events in the afternoon, the lap times dropped as the corners became faster. This allowed Booysen to get his own back by virtually demolishing the Formula Libre field. Sean le Riche was second in his Formula Renault. But although Mitchell had to be content with third, his Index of Performance victory must have provided compensation.
Brennon Green also took advantage of the better grip to finish very marginally ahead of Shane du Toit, with Clint Rennard snatching third in the Clubman final.
Although Fabio Tafani was first to the flag again, in the second V8 Masters race, Enzo Kuun fell back to third behind Sean Moore.
A class B Mallock 14B driven by Steve Humble did well to claim second in a small field, in the final Sports and GT race. Although he could not catch Andre Bezuidenhout, he managed to finish ahead of Kieswetter.
Round five of the Power Series is due to be staged at Killarney again, on Saturday, July 14.