RECORDS (AND RIDERS) TUMBLE AT KILLARNEY’S BRAGGING RIGHTS

RECORDS (AND RIDERS) TUMBLE AT KILLARNEY’S BRAGGING RIGHTS

Bragging Rights Cape Town at Killarney International Raceway on Saturday 27 March was a day of up and downs for the competitors, particularly for one over-eager Suzuki rider who flipped his GSX-R1000 and landed hard on his tailbone, fortunately without injury to anything other than his pride.

Some of the four-wheeled competitors were equally unlucky, with broken half-shafts and propshafts, burnt-out clutches and even an exploding differential the order of the day – but in between the mass destruction there were career-best runs from a number of top drag racers and even an unofficial South African record.

The highlight of the day, however, was Herman Mostert’s final run, late in the afternoon, in his 2JZ powered Toyota Corolla, an electrifying 8.60882 second pass at 261.97km/h. This was not only Mostert’s quickest run ever, it was also the fastest time of the day – faster than any of the motorcycles!

The two-wheelers were led by Wynand van den Berg, who laid down an 8.82889 second run at 252.30km/h on his Suzuki GSX-R1000, narrowly beating veteran Sharief Reynolds’ previous-generation GSX-R1000, which recorded a best effort of 8.86714 seconds at 251.02km/h.

But the big surprise of the event was Ismaeel Davids’ final pass on his methanol-fueled Yamaha Banshee 521 at an astonishing 11 seconds flat, which is also an unofficial South African record for a quad.

In the Heads Up competition, Shaun Zurich (Honda Civic) beat Rudy Roode’s all wheel-drive Golf Mk2 to win Class L, while Devlin Padayachee’s Honda Ballade was too quick for Muttalib Ebrahim’s Nissan GTR in Class EL.

Class PS was won by Kashief Nolan’s Honda CRX, from Ash Bux’ BMW M4, Class SS went to Darrol Arendse and his Toyota MR2, beating Ziyaad Poole’s Honda Civic in the final showdown, and Isgak Allie (Ford Escort) beat Reginald Walters’ Nissan Sentra to take Class ST honours.

JUAN STEMMET IS KILLARNEY’S DRIFT KING

Despite a big scare earlier in the day when the bonnet clips on his Nissan 200 SX S13 failed and the bonnet severely cracked the windshield, Juan Stemmet produced two near-flawless runs when it mattered to take the title of Regional Drift King at Bragging Rights Cape Town.

Second was gymkhana star Izak van Zyl, in his notoriously overpowered V8 Toyota Corolla, with Typie Khan third in a Toyota Cressida.

All three qualify automatically for the Bragging Rights national finals, to be held at Killarney on Saturday 2 October.

EDDIE RASTA IS KILLARNEY’S FIRST EVER SPINKHANA KING

Killarney’s first ever Spinkhana moved the  sport up to a whole new level, with contestants having to drift their cars, Ken Block-style, around and in and out of multiple obstacles – in a set order – while keeping the rear wheels spinning all the time.

This requires a far higher level of car control than freestyle spinning, and the day producing more than a few surprises as some experienced spinners fell victim to ‘showdown pressure’ while others, including a few newbies, stepped up, raised their game and produced astonishingly accurate runs.

One of the most surprising problems was also time-based: just getting through the course before one of your rear tyres popped! Nevertheless, in the end there can be only one, and it was veteran spinner Eddie Rasta in the PMC Auto BMW E30 who kept his cool through multiple runs to emerge as Killarney’s first ever Regional Spinkhana King.         

RECORDS (AND RIDERS) TUMBLE AT KILLARNEY’S BRAGGING RIGHTS

Bragging Rights Cape Town at Killarney International Raceway on Saturday 27 March was a day of up and downs for the competitors, particularly for one over-eager Suzuki rider who flipped his GSX-R1000 and landed hard on his tailbone, fortunately without injury to anything other than his pride.

Some of the four-wheeled competitors were equally unlucky, with broken half-shafts and propshafts, burnt-out clutches and even an exploding differential the order of the day – but in between the mass destruction there were career-best runs from a number of top drag racers and even an unofficial South African record.

The highlight of the day, however, was Herman Mostert’s final run, late in the afternoon, in his 2JZ powered Toyota Corolla, an electrifying 8.60882 second pass at 261.97km/h. This was not only Mostert’s quickest run ever, it was also the fastest time of the day – faster than any of the motorcycles!

The two-wheelers were led by Wynand van den Berg, who laid down an 8.82889 second run at 252.30km/h on his Suzuki GSX-R1000, narrowly beating veteran Sharief Reynolds’ previous-generation GSX-R1000, which recorded a best effort of 8.86714 seconds at 251.02km/h.

But the big surprise of the event was Ismaeel Davids’ final pass on his methanol-fueled Yamaha Banshee 521 at an astonishing 11 seconds flat, which is also an unofficial South African record for a quad.

In the Heads Up competition, Shaun Zurich (Honda Civic) beat Rudy Roode’s all wheel-drive Golf Mk2 to win Class L, while Devlin Padayachee’s Honda Ballade was too quick for Muttalib Ebrahim’s Nissan GTR in Class EL.

Class PS was won by Kashief Nolan’s Honda CRX, from Ash Bux’ BMW M4, Class SS went to Darrol Arendse and his Toyota MR2, beating Ziyaad Poole’s Honda Civic in the final showdown, and Isgak Allie (Ford Escort) beat Reginald Walters’ Nissan Sentra to take Class ST honours.

JUAN STEMMET IS KILLARNEY’S DRIFT KING

Despite a big scare earlier in the day when the bonnet clips on his Nissan 200 SX S13 failed and the bonnet severely cracked the windshield, Juan Stemmet produced two near-flawless runs when it mattered to take the title of Regional Drift King at Bragging Rights Cape Town.

Second was gymkhana star Izak van Zyl, in his notoriously overpowered V8 Toyota Corolla, with Typie Khan third in a Toyota Cressida.

All three qualify automatically for the Bragging Rights national finals, to be held at Killarney on Saturday 2 October.

EDDIE RASTA IS KILLARNEY’S FIRST EVER SPINKHANA KING

Killarney’s first ever Spinkhana moved the  sport up to a whole new level, with contestants having to drift their cars, Ken Block-style, around and in and out of multiple obstacles – in a set order – while keeping the rear wheels spinning all the time.

This requires a far higher level of car control than freestyle spinning, and the day producing more than a few surprises as some experienced spinners fell victim to ‘showdown pressure’ while others, including a few newbies, stepped up, raised their game and produced astonishingly accurate runs.

One of the most surprising problems was also time-based: just getting through the course before one of your rear tyres popped! Nevertheless, in the end there can be only one, and it was veteran spinner Eddie Rasta in the PMC Auto BMW E30 who kept his cool through multiple runs to emerge as Killarney’s first ever Regional Spinkhana King.       

  



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