With entries from the fastest cars and motorcycles in South Africa, the Killarney Extreme Festival on Saturday promises to match the excitement of last year’s final round of the world rallycross championship at the same venue.
Topping the list, the Sasol Global Touring Cars (GTC), were greeted with ribald comments like: “Crash, bash – bangers ‘n smash,” from an appreciative crowd, as they — literally — drove the wheels off their cars during the dramatic first leg of the Festival at Kyalami a month ago.
Their opening event was won by Gennaro Bonafede who was in great form in his Sasol BMW. However the second race had to be red flagged twice before Simon Moss (Engen Extreme Audi), was first across the finish line, after somehow threading his way through the chaos on the track.
The Cape’s Johan Fourie was at his aggressive best until he was wiped out in an incident with Michael Stephen (Audi A3), during the second event. But, with a home circuit advantage, his EPS Couriers BMW is likely to present a real threat on Saturday.
Behind them, there was precious little to choose between the smaller GTC2 cars. And although Keegan Masters (VW Motorsport Golf GTi) won the first race, an elated Bradley Liebenberg caused an upset when he snatched victory in the second, in a Ferodo Mini that cornered like a Scalextric slot car on rails.
However the G&H Extreme Supercars could be even more spectacular. Because with brand names like Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, Lotus turbo, V10 Dodge Viper and BMW M3, they are going to be offering the fans a feast of sheer speed and symphonic sound.
Although not the James Bond 007 model from the movie, Charl Arangies’ Aston Martin Vantage is the latest seven speed, 6-litre, V12 rocketship that is due to make its first appearance at Killarney. Described as the ultimate predator, it has a claimed top speed of over 330 km/h and was the winner of the GTE Pro Class at the Le Mans 24-Hour Race last year. Don’t miss it!
With a field of all-new, 2-litre, turbocharged, six speed Polo ponies, the one-make Engen Polo Cup category promises to be a cracker. The first race at Kyalami belonged to Jeffrey Kruger who finished ahead of Jonathan Mogotsi and Juan Gerber. In their second outing, Gerber and Mogotsi became involved in a tremendous battle for the lead. Unfortunately, this ended abruptly when they collided and were both forced to retire. Kruger then reclaimed first place and went on to finish ahead of hotshot lady driver Tasmin Pepper.
The advantage of a successful spell, spent competing in Europe, should have the smart money investing in Stuart White in the Investchem Formula 1600 category. However, Cameron O’Connor was not far behind him at Kyalami and the dry conditions at sea level may be in his favour.
While other events will include races for Hankook Formula Vee, the Motor Mart Volkswagen Challenge, Makita Supercars, Ashley V8’s and RST Suzuki South motorcycles, the family factor has not been forgotten.
Youngsters will be able to enjoy Kiddies Korner, drive go-karts and participate in a heap more. There’s even going to be a snake show featuring a slow-speed python.
The first of the 16 events on the track is due off at 10.00. Admission is R100 for adults and R40 for scholars under 16. However, there is no charge for kiddies under 12.
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To all Adventure Bike enthusiasts out there, make your way down to Killarney on Saturday, 28 April, 2018 for our first Adventure Bike Open Day hosted by Adventure Bike & Co and Killarney International Raceway. Gates open @ 8am. Riding starts @ 10am. Rider entry fee for the day is R200 p/person. No charge for spectators. Don’t miss out on this fun filled day with lots of shaded seating areas, music, lots to eat and drink and kiddies entertainment. For enquiries contact Henk on 082 718 4156 or Marizca on 021 557 1639. Don’t miss out on the fun!! It’s going to be Epic!!