12 Mar Power Series 2 Race Report 10 March 2018
Power Series 2 Race Report
The second round of the Wingfield Motors sponsored Power Series — with media support from Radio KFM – that took place at Killarney on Saturday — was enlivened by a variety of incidents and accidents.
Most impressive of these was probably the highly competitive class C in the Burly Pro GTi Challenge that got off to a chaotic second race start when several of the class leaders were eliminated in a multi car, red flag crash.
Victory in the first, eventually went to Jano van der Westhuizen (class A), with classes B & C claimed by Mario Roux and a low flying Chris Roberts. After the restart of the second race, these classes were filled by Van der Westhuizen (again), with Eden Thompson and Jacques Geldenhuys in classes B & C behind him.
Remaining with the classes, while Dawie Joubert’s Lotus Exige made a welcome return to the track and dominated class A in the Pirelli Sports and GT opener. Steve Humble’s aging Mallock 14B did much the same in class B while on its way to third overall, behind Andre Bezuidenhout’s class A Nissan Juno in both races.
Dee-Jay Booysen was in magnificent form in his home-built F1 Ferrari lookalike (coloured red, naturally), in the Formula Libre single seater events. So much so that he went on to score a well-deserved double victory, ahead of Jaco Lambert and Sean le Riche in the first leg, with Byron Mitchell and Cyril Somerville filling these positions in the final.
Reigning champion Fabio Tafani, Stephen Young and Richard Schreuder finished in that order in a surprisingly incident free opening V8 Masters race, In the second race, the rampant Tafani was followed by Harry Tayler and Schreuder.
On the track at the same time as the Masters, the Makita Formula Supercar podium was filled by Andrew Moffitt, Shane Smith – who was surprisingly quick – and Ryan McCarthy. Switching places, McCarthy went on to win the final from Jarryd Evans and Shane Smith.
The two legs of the Classic car category belonged to an impressive Franco Donadio (Ford Escort 1), who finished ahead of Eric van der Merwe (Porsche 944T), and Wayne Lotter (class B, Ford Escort). The Shatterfix Fine Car event, that was run in conjunction, was won by Arnold Lambert (VW Jetta), from Robert Toscano (Mazda MX5) and Maurizio Toscano (VW Passat).
The leading three Classics went on to finish in the same order in the second leg. However Elton Hurst (Nissan Skyline GTX), sneaked in ahead of Lambert and Robert Toscano in the Fine Car final.
Mike’s Place Clubman Saloon superstar Danie van Niekerk (BMW), proved yet again that to finish first, you first have to finish. This after Brennon Green’s VW Golf 5 — his main rival — disappeared from the lap charts after just three laps. Second and third spots then went to Golfers Shane du Toit and Clint Rennard. Van Niekerk retained his position in the final, with Rennard and Michael le Sueur (VW Golf), following him across the line.
The next meeting at Killarney is the national motorcycle Super GP on the 24th of March.