16 Aug RACE REVIEW – DRAG RACING – 12 AUGUST 2023
Drag Racing in winter is always unpredictable, but the MSA Drags event at Killarney on Saturday 12 August delivered only pleasant surprises. The first was the weather; what began as a chilly winter morning became a beautiful spring day, while the second nice surprise was the biggest motorcycle entry in many years – 18 of them.
And they provided the day’s top performances as well, with Lee Engel and his Class MA Suzuki GSX-R1000 the only competitor to break into the eights on the day. His 8.88314 second run at 250.87km/h was more than half a second quicker than the best of the four-wheelers, but only 0.149sec ahead of second-placed biker Thaakier Abrahams (BMW S1000RR, 9.00163sec at 239.31km/h) with Achmad Jacobs third, thanks to a best effort of 9.04674 seconds and 247.33km/h.
Class MB went to Josh Maart (Suzuki GSX-R1000, 9.25097 seconds at 241.00km/h), ahead of Ameer Naicker (BMW S1000RR, 9.34119 seconds at 241.84km/h), while Class MD belonged to Uzair Kamies (Kawasaki ZX636, 10.48391 seconds at 216.46km/h) and Kim Carr (the only lady competitor on the day in any class) who laid down a superb 10.78476 second pass at 200.04km/h on her Honda CBR600RR.
The fastest four-wheelers on the day were two street cars, led by Yaseen Ebrahim’s venomous black Nissan GTR R35 with a 9.51244 second run at 242.78km/h, followed by another Class 6S star, Abdul Hadi Ismael in his Audi TTRS at 9.82120 seconds and 230.02km/h.
Grant Steenveld (Volkswagen Golf 7R, 9.90667 seconds at 226.14km/h) took Class 4S ahead of Corbin Rass (Volkswagen Golf 7.5R, 10.08274 seconds at 225.20km/h.
Class OS belonged to Paul Jantjies and his Opel Kadett with a best run of 10.80373 at 213.26km/h, narrowly ahead of Royston Prestage (Volkswagen Golf 1 ABF Turbo) at 10.90405 at 216.55km/h, while Class OA, at 16 strong the biggest class entry of the day, was taken by Saud Bassa’s Nissan-engined Conquest ‘Yster’ (11.19732 seconds at 195.65km/h), just a tenth of a second quicker than Geo Maneveld’s Volkswagen Golf 1 Goku 20-valve (11.29984 seconds at 189.16km/h).