03 Dec Witzenberg Motorklub Gymkhana rocks at Killarney International Raceway
There were powerslides and handbrake turns, wheelies and stoppies – and there weren’t even any motorbikes competing! The 131st Witzenberg Motorklub Gymkhana, supported by Mace Service & Performance and Auto Detail, was held on Saturday at Killarney International Raceway, on an unusually tight and difficult dual lane course laid out in the Turn 5/Scrutineering area.
It’s a measure of just how competitive this fast-growing sport is that first and second were taken by different crews in the same car, while third and fourth went to the same crew in two different cars!
Topping the timesheets were Leon Engelbrecht and Damien Chyster in Rafique Firfirey’s L&M Automotive Performance Class G Mini Cooper S 1.6 Turbo, with the car’s owner and his son Hishaam a close second. Izak van Zyl Jnr and his father-in-law Dewald van der Merwe finished third in the Dynotech Class G Volkswagen Golf II GTi 2.0 16v Turbo – and fourth in the monster Toyota Corolla 4.0 V8 Twin Turbo drifter.
With 400 horsepower on tap and peak torque at just 1700rpm the five-cylinder Class G Audi RS3 2.5 TFSi of Quinton Phillips and Leon Engelbrecht accelerated like a rocket, taking them to an impressive fifth overall in their gymkhana debut, while Van der Merwe swopped seats with his son-in-law and posted sixth in the Dynotech Golf.
Johann Zulch and Aatera Firfirey pulled off a brilliant Class E win in the Ceres Toyota Johann Zulch and Aatera Firfirey pulled off a brilliant class E win in the Ceres Toyota-backed BMW E30 325iM. Clint and Lola Kirkwood, meanwhile, stole the thunder in the 4×4 class with the spectacular 2.5-litre Subaru powered Red Devil Pipe Car as Mike van As struggled to get his 4.6-litre V8 engined Land Rover Defender around the tighter turns.
A number of Reach for a Dream children were treated to a rides in competing cars or Peet van der Walt’s thundering V8 Audi pace car too, while a trick bike display and sanitary drive showcased the community spirit embodied in this family-orientated sport.