12 Feb PASSION FOR SPEED SPONSORED BY G-ENERGY AT KILLARNEY INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY A ROARING SUCCESS
GT40 was designed specifically to win at Le Mans, Campagnie did well to split the two Fords until the classic GM coupé failed on lap 18.
Kling also dropped back in the closing stages, coming home third behind Persson and Mark du Toit (Lola T70 Spider), although all three finished on the same lap.
Franco Donadio in his Cosworth-powered Ford Escort MK1 and veteran Wankel engine tuner Dave Kopke (Mazda R100) were the stars of another superb tussle in Race 1 of the Millstock Pre-1980 and Pre-1990 Invitation Cars. Donadio ran out the eventual winner by just 0.337sec, with Robin Forbes’ 5.7-litre V8 Stingray third.
Sadly, the Kopke rotary didn’t come out for Race 2; Mark Uytenbogaart and his Ford Mustang set the pace until the Pony Car went lame on lap six. Donadio then got into it with Richard Quixley (Datsun 240Z), who also led for two laps before dropping down to third on the final lap behind Donadio and Eric van der Merwe (Porsche 944 Turbo).
There was more V8 thunder in the Masters and Makita Supercars races, where Fabio Tafani and Richard Schreuder set the pace in Race 1, finishing less than a second apart with Mark Ridgway third.
Ridgway then moved up after running second for the first half of Race 2, to grab the lead from Tafani on lap five – only for the race to be red-flagged on lap seven, handing the win to Ridgway from Tafani, Paolo Cavalieri and Rob Warrington, while Ryan and Steve McCarthy pulled off a superb 1-2 in the Makita Supercar category in each race.
The Historic Single Seaters reminded fans and drivers alike how brave racing drivers had to be in the bad old days – the 1930s MG Specials not only didn’t have roll bars, they didn’t have seatbelts either! Victory, however, went to British driver Richard Smeeton in a Foglieti F1, followed home in Race 1 by Des Hillary in a Dulon and Pat Dunseth in a Merlyn Mk25 – and in Race 2 by Dunseth and Hillary.