04 Jun Power Series Rnd 4 Preview
A time bomb at Killarney
Dawie Joubert’s indecently quick Lotus Exige – a mobile time bomb that recently set a new Pirelli Sports Car record time at Killarney – will be in action again during the 4th round of the Power Series on Saturday.
But despite its incredible performance factor, Joubert can expect to be hard pressed by the sleek V6 Nissan Juno in the hands of Andre Bezuidenhout. Behind them, Steve Humble and Clinton Thorne in their front engined Mallock 14B and Birkin 7, will engage Gary Kieswetter (Porsche GT3 RS), in the battle for class B honours.
The sharp end of the VW dominated Mike’s Place Clubman Saloon car grid is certain to be crowded by Brennon Green (Golf 5), Michael le Sueur (Golf 1), Shane du Toit (Golf 1), Clint Rennard (Golf 2l) and Basie Burger (Golf 2). Green may be on pole, but its going to be close.
All eyes will be on Dee-Jay Booysen, who just keeps getting better in his elderly F1 lookalike, in the Formula Libre events. This category has attracted a large entry with the Formula Vees of Byron Mitchell, Cyril Somerville and Thomas van der Merwe, likely to fight for a class victory.
Another good turnout is expected in the Classic Car category where the surprisingly quick Mk 1 Ford Escort of Franco Donadio is hunting for the more experienced Charles Arton in his 3-litre Datsun 240Z.
The Shatterfix Fine Car events have attracted an excellent variety of entries. These include Arnold Lambert (1.8 Jetta), who will have to work to stay ahead of Elton Hurst (Nissan Skyline GTX), Robert Toscano (Mazda MX5) and a selection of more mature BMW’s.
While Fabio Tafani is going to be the driver to catch in the big V8 Masters shootout, Richard Schreuder, Mark Ridgway, or the seldom seen, former SA Rally kingpin Enzo Kuun, could quite possibly surprise him. The battle in the smaller one -make Makita Supercar races will be fought out between Ryan McCarthy, Andrew Moffitt and Jarryd Evans, with Jaco Lambert the possible joker in the pack.
With their reputation for the promotion of family events, mothers and their youngsters will be well looked after in the clubhouse area. There is even a (free), shuttle service to take them to other vantage points around the circuit.
Sponsored by Wingfield Motors with media support from Radio KFM, the first of the 18 events on the programme is due off at 10.00. Admission is R80 for adults and R20 for scholars under 16. However, there is no charge for kiddies under 12.