03 Jun RACE PREVIEW – POWER SERIES #4 BIKES 4JUNE 2022
EXPERIENCE WILL TELL IN SOUTH SUPERBIKE RACES
With two Master Class riders leading the charge, experience will tell in the South Superbike races at Round 4 of the Power Series presented by Wingfield Motors at Killarney on Saturday 4 June. On-form defending champion Malcolm Rapson (Racebase GSX-R1000) and Jacques Ackermann on the Project60/Barker/Stepp Durbanville ZX-10R must start as favourites.
Ackermann, running his Project Sixty60/Barker/Stepp Durbanville ZX-10R on the thinnest of shoestring budgets with borrowed, used tyres and mix-and-match brake pads, still managed a best lap of 1min15.006sec at the previous meeting – but if anyone is going to spring a surprise on the day it is former Powersport champion JP Friederich (GR Tax/Johnny Fox’s Pub R1), who seriously upped his game last time out.
Michael du Toit (Danie Maritz Racing/Quick Pos R1) took a fine double win in the second-tier Superbike Challenge at the previous outing, but he’ll have Shaun Mackrill (GFP Lighting ZX-10R) and veteran Wayne Arendse (JJ Smith Trust ZX-10R) to deal with if he wants to do it again.
The 600 Class field should deliver an interesting ‘race within a race’ with a surprisingly varied entry, including Paul Medell’s Ducati Panigale, Willem Binedell on the Melkbos Motor Spares Daytona 675, Mike Hunter’s LLG Properties/Microil ZX-6R and Jamie Hall on the Master Glass Garden Route R6.
With Jan Fourie and the Motoflex ZX-10R having been promoted to the Premier League by virtue of two superb rides last time out, the Strato Technology Clubmans/Classic & Breakfast Run Motorcycles races will be fought out between Donovan Stevens (Suzuki GSX-R1000), Brandon Bramdaw (Quickpos R1) and Nicho Vetner on another R1.
The three mustard-coloured BMW R1100S’s of William Morries, and Hano and Mario Ferreira will be joined in the Classic Class by John Kosterman on his late-eighties Suzuki GSX-R1100, which will make for an interesting contrast in styles, while Wesley Hendricks, as always, will be the man to beat among the Breakfast Runners on his Maxicool/Motorwise ZX-10R.