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Bikers steal Wesbank Super Series show at Killarney
October 2, 2011  

Supplied by MotorSport Administrator from Motorsport South Africa
Cape Town, Saturday – The motorcycle brigade were top of the entertainment tree at round seven of the WesBank Super Series at Killarney today.

ARTICLE ISSUED BY:  RORY BROWN

Cape Town, Saturday – The motorcycle brigade were top of the entertainment tree at round seven of the WesBank Super Series at Killarney today.

Both the SA Superbike and SA Supersport events produced some heart stopping racing on a windy and chilly day. If you had to split straws the Supersport brigade would get the nod for coming up with the two best races of the day.
Both of them saw local hero Dave McFadden, on the Pepper Racing Kawasaki, leave it until the last lap to edge out Clint Seller on the Bikefin Honda entry. The second race, in particular, was a humdinger with McFadden winning a drag race to the chequered flag by a coat of paint.

The wins saw McFadden overturn a six point deficit at the top of the championship. The Cape rider trailed Seller by six points at the start of the day, and went home with a four point lead over the Johannesburg rider.

Veteran Lance Isaacs Bikefin Honda), on his home track, and Dean Vos (FFF Kawasaki) shared the other podium places. With rounds of the WesBank series remaining, the McFadden/Seller battle is going to be worth watching.

On the Superbike front reigning champion and current championship leader Greg Gildenhuys, on the Motorrad BMW, scored a double – his first wins since April – to take a tight hold on this year’s title race. In both heats Gildenhuys, a notoriously slow starter, had to come from behind the pip first Chris Leeson (Siris Kawasaki) and then James Egan on the Rocket88/Ryder Motorrad BMW.

The four races that made up the Bridgestone Production Car Championship produced plenty of action with home town favourite and Class A championship leader Johan Fourie going home winless. Two seconds and two thirds saw Fourie consolidate his championship lead, but he is likely to find himself with a reduced majority.

This follows a successful protest from the Engen Xtreme Team over the race results of the last round at East London. These results will now be rescored, and this is likely to alter the position on the points table.

Class A honours for the day went to the Afrox BMW squad with Melvill Priest and Anthony Taylor making up for recent disappointments. Priest (2) and Taylor took three wins between them with Michael Stephen, in the Xtreme Team Audi S4, taking the other victory.
Stephen also took two third places with Hennie Groenewald, in the Sasol Subaru, making a lone visit to the podium.
Reigning Class T champion Graeme Nathan (IndyOil VW Golf6) arrived at Killarney trailing former champion and arch rival Gary Formato (BP Castrol Ford Focus) by seven points, but hit back with three wins. Nathan’s hopes of emulating Formato’s full house four out of four at Aldo Scribante ended in the final race when he ran out of brakes at the end of the main straight, and limped home sixth.

 That gave Formato the win and with two seconds and a third the Ford driver and Nathan will still be locked together when the points are totted up. Theirs is another battle to be savoured over the remaining rounds of the championship.

It was also a good day for Michael van Rooyen, in the Williams Hunt Opel, who made three trips to the podium. There was also a first visit to the podium, on her Bridgestone debut, for Andrea Bate who was third in the second race with the Cape Town lass impressing in a third BP Castrol Ford Focus. She was awarded the trophy for the overall Driver of the Day. No mean feat taking into account that the 22 year old, the youngest woman ever to drive a production car, only sat in the car for the first time on Friday morning. She ended second overall in Class T behind Formato.

In the closest title fight in WesBank series only four points separated Super GT championship leader Jimmy Auby, reigning champion Brandon Auby and veterans Ben Morgenrood and Franco di Matteo in the WesBank V8 Supercar series. At the end of the day the gap between the four had expanded to 12 points.

The Auby brothers, both in SKF/Cummins Ford Falcons, shared wins and second places with di Matteo (Varta Batteries Jaguar) and Morgenrood (BM Auto Ford Falcon sharing third places. Unofficial scoring now sees Jimmy Auby (148) leading his brother by two points with di Matteo (136) and Morgenrood (135) still very much in the hunt.

A dramatic turnaround in the GT Class saw Larrry Wilford bounce back into the championship reckoning. With championship leader Des Gutzeit (Dezzi/Cummins Ford Falcon) having a miserable day a second and a win saw Wilford (Fuchs Ford Falcon) back in the reckoning.
Gutzeit blew a motor, finished the day without a point and ruined what up until the Killarney outing had been a 100 percent finish record. Wilford and Patrick Seddon (Lumina) shared firsts and seconds with the ultra consistent Steve Herbst taking two thirds in the Prei Instruments Corvette.
The Formula Volkswagen championship was also given fresh impetus with Jayde Kruger (First Freight/Eventspec FVW) taking two wins. Championship leader Robert Wolk (Investchem FVW) was a disappointing third in race one, finishing behind reigning champion Simon Moss (Southern Sun/Dixon Batteries FVW), and crashed out of the second race.

Moss was second in race one but was also a victim of race two argy bargy, but fought back to finish fifth behind team-mate Daniel Rowe. Moss’s other team-mate, Ernie van der Walt, took full advantage to finish second and score his best result of the season with Tasmin Pepper also on the podium in the PG Glass/Plastomark FVW).

There was a double for James Temple (GWM Mygale) in two closely contested Formula Midas 1600 races. Temple was full value for his wins but two second places keep Mathew Merton, in the Matsam Mygale, comfortably ahead in the championship race.
Jason Campos (Etana Insurance Mygale) and Nicholas van Weely, in the Anglorand Van Diemen, shared third places. Campos followed Temple and Merton home in race one with van Weely third in race two.

Local driver Kosie Weyers (Xtreme Team VW Polo) and runaway championship leader Devin Robertson (Big Boss Auto/Sparco VW Polo) shared the wins in two entertaining Engen VW Cup races. Another local, Bryan Morgan (Great Soft VW Polo) and Kyle Barnes, in the PG Glass/CFP Tyres VW Polo, shared third places with championship leader Lee Thompson (Ferodo VW Polo) and Dean Ball (Champion Motors KWT) sharing honours in the Masters category for drivers over the age of 27.

Results:
WesBank V8 Supercars – Race 1: 1 J Auby (Ford Falcon); 2 B Auby (Ford Falcon); 3 F di Matteo (Jaguar). GT Class: 1 P Seddon (Lumina); 2 L Wilford (Ford Falcon); 3 S Herbst (Corvette). Race 2: 1 B Auby (Ford Falcon); J Auby (Ford Falcon); B Morgenrood (Ford Falcon). GT Class: 1 L Wilford (Ford Falcon); 2 P Seddon (Lumina); 3 S Herbst (Corvette). 
Bridgestone Production Cars – Race 1: M Priest (BMW 335i); 2 A Taylor (BMW 335i); J Fourie (Audi S4). Class T: 1 G Nathan (VW Golf6); 2 G Formato (Ford Focus); 3 M van Rooyen (Opel). Race 2: 1 M Stephen (Audi S4); 2 H Groenewald (Subaru); 3 J Fourie (Audi S4). Class T: 1 G Nathan (VW Golf6); 2 G Formato (Ford Focus); 3 A Bate (Ford Focus). Race 3: 1  M Prieswt (BMW 335i); 2 J Fourie (Audi S4); 3 M Stephen (Audi S4). Class T: 1 G Nathan (VW Golf6); 2 M van Rooyen (Opel); 3 G Formato (Ford Focus). Race 4: 1 A Taylor (BMW 335i); 2 J Fourie (Audi S4); 3 M Stephen (Audi S4). Class T: 1 G Formato (Ford Focus); 2 S Duminy (Ford Focus); 3 M van Rooyen (Opel).
Engen VW Cup – Race 1: 1 K Weyers (VW Polo); 2 D Robertson (VW Polo); 3 B Morgan (VW Polo). Masters: 1 L Thompson (VW Polo); 2 M Pasqualli (VW Polo); 3 G Donker (VW Polo). Race 2: 1 D Robertson (VW Polo); 2 K Wyers (VW Polo); 3 K Barnes (VW Polo). Masters: 1 D Ball (VW Polo); 2 B Roach (VW Polo); 3 D Garvie (VW Polo).
Formula VW – Race 1: 1 J Kruger (FVW); 2 S Moss (FVW); 3 R Wolk (FVW). Race 2: 1 J Kruger (FVW); 2  E van der Walt (FVW); 3 T Pepper (FVW).
Midas Formula 1600 – Race 1: 1 J Temple (Mygale); 2 M Merton (Mygale); 3 J Campos (Mygale). Race 2: 1 J Temple (Mygale); 2  M Merton (Mygale); 3 N van Weely (Van Diemen).
SA Superbikes – Race 1: 1 G Gildenhuys (BMW); 2 C Leeson (Kawasaki); 3 N Grobler (BMW). Race 2: 1 G Gildenhuys (BMW); J Egan (BMW); 3 C Leeson (Kawasaki).
SA Supersport – Race 1:  1 D McFadden (Kawasaki); 2 C Seller (Honda); 3 L Isaacs (Honda). Race 2: 1 D McFadden (Kawasaki); 2 C Seller (Honda); 3 D Vos (Kawasaki).

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