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Saturday 25 May 2024 presented competitors and spectators with an almost perfect day for motorsport and the fourth round of the Lime Property Management Power Series at the Killarney International Raceway. A twenty race itinerary saw further experimentation with the event format and though this meant an 08h00 start for the first race it held benefits for the competitors.

MGA Racing Clubman – Classic – Breakfast Run Motorcycles 1×8 1×9 Laps
Hilton Redelinghuys (888 87 Kawasaki ZX7R) proved to be well prepared and the Classic Superbike headed to a dominant victory over Jamie Hall on another Classic SBK (MGA Racing 65 Suzuki 750 SRAD). Wayne Gresse third aboard his Clubman (Tony’s Motor Spares 95 Kawasaki ZX10R) with Chad Thompson fourth aboard his Clubman (ST Construction 40 Suzuki GSXR600). Jean Paul Schermers in fifth spot with his Clubman (Bad Bee 63 Honda CBR1000RR) and the top six completed by Willem Louw on his Clubman (86 Kawasaki ZX6R). Juan Momberg taking Breakfast Run honours on his (9 Suzuki GSXR750).

JP Schermers taking a tumble out of Pertamina Fastron that will be felt for some time

Heat two once again saw Redelinhuys and Hall head Gresse past the flag followed by Thompson, Louw and Juan Momberg. The overall result reading exactly the same.

Formula Libre 2×8 Laps
With the class S competitors opting for the Aldo Scribante meeting it was down to the Formula Vee pack to keep the Libre flag running. Byron Mitchell (Dolphin Engineering 21V Forza) starting as vavourite but retired after just two laps whilst Eudrich Huysamen (Chilli Racing Team 44V) spun and stalled on lap six. Kelly Fletcher (Dolphin Engineering 22V Forza) beating André le Riche (18V Lantis) to the flag by 0.311sec with Joshua Smit (S&S Racing 83V Rhema 2) third, Ricky Anderson (96V Forza) fourth, Donovan Ramsay (Kerston Foods 95V Sting) fifth and Cyril Somerville Liqui Moly 61V Rhema) sixth.

Heat two saw André le Riche beat Byron Mitchell by 0.052sec with Kelly Fletcher 0.167sec later in third. Donovan Ramsay fourth, Cyril Somerville fifth and Ricky Anderson sixth.

Overall it was Kelly Fletcher who took victory for the day by 0.144sec from André le Riche, Ricky Anderson, Donovan Ramsay, Cyril Somerville and Wynand de Ritter (Dolphin Engineering 10V Lantis).

Batt Tech STC 650 & SSP 300 Motorcycles 2×9 Laps
Jamie Hall (MGA Racing 65 Kawasaki ER650) taking heat one from Braddon Hutchings (HSC Racing 74 Kawasaki Er650) and Abdul Essack (HSC Racing 2 Suzuki SV650). Shandin Thompson (34 Kawasaki ER650) fourth with Adrian Solomon (Pool King 4 Kawasaki Ninja 400) fifth and Max Munton (SunScan 14 KTM 390 Duke) sixth.

Heat two much tighter as Jamie Hall beat Shandin Thompson by a scant 0.097sec with Abdul Essack third, Adrian Solomon fourth, Max Munton fifth and Abigail Bosson (Ateka 51 Yamaha YZF R3) sixth.

Overall the STC650 result read Jamie Hall first with Abdul Essack second, Shandin Thompson third, Stavro Michell (Ballistic Unifroms & Apparel 24 Suzuki SV650) fourth, Elme Mostert (Samurai Racing 94 Kawasaki ER650) fifth and Peter Hill (Hillbilly Racing 6 Suzuki SV650) sixth.

The SSP300 order Adrian Solomon, Max Munton, Abigail Bosson, Raymond Alexander (Rayder Cycles 11 Kawasaki Ninja 300) and Mitch Robinson (Mag Workshop 71 Kawasaki Ninja 400).

Then Shandin Thompson found himself exclude after having passed under yellow flags.

Kaltron Supercars 2×8 Laps
Ernest Page (19 Kaltron) took heat one from Glen Phillips (33 Opel Supercar) by a scant 0.122sec with Kyle Hallick (31 Planet Automation) third. Shane Boscombe (18 Lime Property Management) fourth, Jurie Swart Snr (3 Kaltron) fifth and Ryan Kat (11 Kaltron) a misfiring sixth.

Glen Phiilips beat Ryan Kat by 0.049sec with Kyle Hallick third in the second heat. Jurie Swart fourth, Shane Boscombe fifth and Craig Hume (21 Kaltron) sixth. Overall Glen Phillips took victory from Kyle Hallick, Ryan Kat, Jurie Swart Snr and Shane Boscombe.
The category deserves a compliment as their numbers increased, cars looked and sounded much better prepared and on track performance reminded of this series a few years ago. Certainly a goal to strive for.

Kaltron Fine Cars 2×8 Laps
Günther Appelgryn (Appelgryn Trading 13 BMW E36 325i) headed Dave Alexander (PiriPiri Racing 44 Morgan + 4) and Natasha Tischendorf (Lambert Racing 285 VW Jetta CLi) past the flag with the super neat 16 Alfa Romeo Guilietta Sprint of André Ellis fourth, Arnold Lambert (Lambert Racing 61 Ford Anglia) fifth and Di Dugmore (PiriPiri Racing 80 Austin Healey 3.0) sixth.
Race order in heat two saw Günther Appelgryn ahead of Dave Alexander, André Ellis, Natasha Tischendorf, Di Dugmore and Jan Engelbrecht.

Overall order on track was Günther Appelgryn from Dave Alexander, Natasha Tischendorf, André Ellis, Di Dugmore and Jan Engelbrecht (201 Ford Cortina MkII). Championship honours are however disputed on Index of Performance and the result read Dave Alexander (97.56%), Natasha Tischendorf (97.20%), Roger Lewis (97.11%), Di Dugmore (96.86%), Günther Appelgryn (96.85%) and Andé Ellis (96.16%).

Thermo Fires Clubman Saloons 2×8 Laps
As expected it was Steve Heydenrych who dominted the opening heat in the mighty Origen Oils 10A Nissan Skyline GTR RB25 Turbo with Kosie Swanepoel second past the flag in his return race with the D&E Reinforcing 21A Toyota Lexus 200iS. Yusuf Hendricks keeping him honest past the flag with the MYHAuto 61A BMW E36 Turbo. Michael le Sueur fourth in the New Engineering64A VW Golf MkI and in fifth spot it was Jaco Lambert in the Paint Chemistry 29B VW Polo. Steven Gouws sixth in his Thermo Fires 34C VW Jetta 3 Turbo.

Jess Huggett (Philwest 70A VW Jetta) disappeared after just two laps and Shane du Toit (Skilpadvlei 112A VW Golf MkI) did not even start the race.

Heat two saw Steven Heydenrych post a best time of 1min25.136 enroute to a dominant victory with Michael le Sueur second, Jaco Lambert third, Yusuf Hendricks fourth, Shane Smith (Truckport Logistics 71X BMW E36) fifth and JP Share (Bester Tegniese Dienste 102B BMW E36) sixth. Shane and JP finding that when they stay on track the results look encouraging. Kosie Swanepoel and Mansoor Parker creating opportunities by taking each other off on lap 5.

Overall Steven Heydenrych owned class A with Yusuf Hendricks second, Michael le Sueur third. Class B a comfortable win for Jaco Lambert from JP Share. Steven Gouws claimed class C from Dexter Bruce (A&K Auto 143 BMW E36), Gary Smith (Truckport Logistics 68C BMW), Juan Farrell (Phyfer Motorsport 6C VW Golf MkI) and Eugen Caperl (95 BMW E46).

John da Silva (Ezi Group 142D VW Golf MkI) won class D from Charl Opperman (Excelsior Airbrakes 89D VW Golf MkI) and Anton Jacobs (All Scale 39D Nissan Sentra). Evert du Toit (New Engineering 651E Ford Falcon) taking class E from Zahir Philips (MRP Auto Racing 107E VW Jetta 3) and André van der Merwe (Huhuenot Vallei Minerale Water Chrysler). Raeez Phillips (MRP Auto Racing 18F VW Polo) winning class f from Ley Fielding (67F BMW E36) and Azhar Davids (College of Cape Town 303F VW Jetta).

Sealpro Winelands Superbikes – SBK Challenge – Masters – 600cc
At the front of the field it was Kewyn Snyman (Missile Motorcycles 19A Honda CBR1000) who led Slade van Niekerk (Project Sixty SA 111A Kawasaki ZX10R) and Tristin Pienaar (50A BMW S1000RR) home on the podium. Jason Linaker (RST 93 Honda CBR1000) fourth, Mark van den Berg (GFP Superbikes Suzuki GSXR1000) fifth and Keana Strode (Strode Racing 70 Kawasaki ZX6R) in sixth spot.

The race red flagged after five laps due to the accident in Pertamina Fastron (Turn 5) that sadly claimed the life of SBK Challenge rider Leighton Thomas (Ubuntu Movers 55 Kawasaki Ninja. 1000). Kewyn Snyman then disqualified from the first heat result as he was deemed not to have responded within regulation to the red flag.

Hats off to the ten riders who started heat two and respect to those who decided against racing heat two. One cannot begin to imagine the emotions present and either way Leighton Thomas was honoured through their decision. Kewyn Snyman, Slade van Niekerk, Tristin Pienaar, Mark van den Berg (GFP Super Bikes 96M Suzuki GSXR1000), Keana Strode (600cc Strode Racing 70 Kawasaki ZX6R), Dyllan Anderson (600cc Landy World 42 Suzuki GSXR750), Wayne Arendse (JJ Trust 33M SBKC Kawasaki ZX10R), Daniel Frost (CHW Design 28 SBKC Honda CBR 1000), Jonathan Schwerin (67 Kawasaki ZX10R) and Samkelo Liwani (600cc 49 Yamaha YZF R6) paying their respect by stopping at the scene of the unfortunate accident upon completion of the race.
Overall the result read Slade van Niekerk first with Tristin Pienaar second, Mark van den Berg third, Keana Strode (Strode Racing 70 Kawasaki ZX6R) fourth, Dyllan Anderson (Landy World 42 Suzuki GSXR 750) fifth and Wayne Arendse (JJ Trust 33 SBK Challenge Kawasaki ZX10R) sixth.

API Property Group GTi Challenge 2×8 Laps
Schalk Geldenhuys (G&A Promotions 10A VW Polo 6R) won a toughly contested Heat 1 by 0.228sec from Jurie Swart (Alpine Autohaus VW Polo 6R) with Marco Busi (Simtech 41A VW Polo 6R) in third spot. Nathan Victor (Summit Racing 71A VW Polo 6R) fourth, Kai van Zyl (Origen Oils 34A VW Polo 6R) fifth and Dillon Joubert (TAC Steel VW Polo 6R) sixth. However, if you blinked at any time of this race the order would have changed twice as the top six were almost glued to one another!

Ryan van Eden (RVE Digital Marketing 28B VW Polo 6R) and Mohammed T Khalfey (Mad Performance 14B VW Polo 6R) also traded paint samples throughout the race with Nur Abass (Spice Mecca 8B VW Polo 6R), Zaki Hendricks (Wheelworx 7B VW Polo 6R), Faizal Jacobs (Century Karting 40B VW Polo 6R) following closely. Brett Roach rued a 30sec penalty (Mutual Valet 5B VW Jetta) as it could have been a class win!

Dario Busi (62C VW Golf MkI) claimed a class win with minimal damage from Dylan van Eden (55C Century Karting VW Golf MkI) and Daniel Munna (API Property Group 33C VW Golf MkI). Tristan Joubert (Powder Coating World 90C VW Golf MkI), Zac Laden (Angri 64C VW Golf MkI) and Reza Levy (Jive 45C VW Golf MkI) completing the top six.

Starting the classes independently resulted in three races for top honours and with 34 cars on track it certainly was entertaining as each class proved to be extremely competitive. Class B suddenly becoming a beehive of activity!

Heat 2 saw Jurie Swart cross the line in first place by just 0.194sec and it was Marco Busi ahead of Dillon Joubert, Schalk Geldenhuys, Nathan Victor in class A. Mohammed T Khalfey beat Zaki Hendricks to the line in class B with Ryan van Eden third, John-Henri Vaughan (32B VW Polo Classic) fourth, Raaziegh Harris (19B VW Golf) fifth and Brent van der Schyff (Magmaster 69B VW Polo Classic) sixth.

Dario Busi again topped the class C result with Mark Fontini (Goch & Cooper 31C VW Golf MKI) second, Dylan van Eden third, Reza Levy fourth, Daniel Munna fifth and Ross Schroder (API Property Group 16C VW Golf MkI) sixth.

Overall Jurie Swart claimed first place by just 0.589sec after 16 laps of panel bending action. Marco Busi making sure he worked for it in second spot with Dillon Joubert, Schalk Geldenhuys, Nathan Victor close enough to be concerned .

Class B saw Mohammed T Khalfey win from Ryan van Eden, Zaki Hendricks, Raaziegh Harris, Brent van der Schyff and Weylin Volschenk (IMC SA 52B VW Polo Classic.

Class C ceasefire reached with Dario Busi first, Dylan van Eden second, Daniel Munna third, Mark Fontini fourth, Reza Levy fifth and Zac Laden sixth.

Le Joubert Sport & GT Cars 2×10 Laps
Steve Humble (Harp Motorsport 91S Pilbeam-Judd MP91 LMP) had to lift his heels to stay ahead of Craig Jarvis (Harp Motorsport 68S Ginetta G57) and they were dipping into 1min09 before crossing the line 0.642sec apart after ten laps. Maybe they are well aware of the fact that there is another threat coming their way?

André Brink was driving the widest SSB Transport 48B Porsche 991 GT3 Cup in the world and Marco Retter simply could not squeeze his Progress Precision Engineering 50B BMW E46 Turbo past. Maarten Prins following closely in his Motul 72B Porsche GT3 Cup with Renzo Torrente sixth in his ATM Chiptuning 86B BMW M4 GT4. Oliver Hintenaus claimed class C in his Coastal 76C BMW M3 whilst Devin Pillay took class D in his 84D Porsche Cup racer.

Same order Heat 2 with a 0.645sec gap at the front but Marco retter found his way past André Brink for third with Maarten Prins fifth and a determined Andrew Honeywell (196D Porsche 911 Cup) sixth.

Overall Class saw Steve Humble ahead of Craig Jarvis. Class B saw Marco Retter win from André Brink and Maarten Prins. Oliver Hintenaus claimed class C from Simeon Penev (77C Nissan 350Z) and Eric Salomon (23C Elf S 06). Andrew Honeywell took class D from Ray Farnham (9D Opel Birkin 7 Opel) and Brett Swanevelder (74D Nissan 350Z).

Laude Classic Cars 2×8 Laps
Michael Hitchcock (Cross Cape Forklift Services 67A Ford Mustang Notchback V8) pretty much had matters going his way with Franco Donadio (Donadio Plant Hire 2A Ford Escort MkI 2.3 Pinto) as always giving it his all for second place. Mark Uytenbogaardt (Superior Elevators 36B Ford Fairmont GT V8) knotting his elbows enroute to third spot whilst the unique sound of the returning PW Louw (PWL Konsult 81X Mazda RX7) certainly made a welcome difference in fourth spot. Trevor Momberg fifth (All Scale 73B Ford Capri V6 3.4) and the top six completed by Brian Evans (Cape Eye Laser 441B Ford Escort MkI).

Michael Hitchcock, Franco Donadio and Glen Uytenbogaardt (Cross Cape Forklift Services 66A Ford Granada Perana V8) in Heat 2. Glen earning the Chairman Driver of the Day award for spinning to almost last and then fighting back to third spot. Trevor Momberg fourth, Brian Evans fifth and Ferdi Mouton (Cross Cape Forklift Services 68B Ford Mustang Notchback V8) sixth.

The highlight of the day was however the intense battle between the cheeky little 38C Leyland Mini 1275 of Dion Valentine and the HSC Racing 74C VW Golf MkI GTi of Layne Hutchings which saw them cross the line 0.033sec apart. Almost a pity one of them had to beat the other and this time it was in favour of the Golf! Layne Hutchings the deserved Voters Driver of the Day!
Overall the order was Michael Hitchcock, Franco Donadio, Trevor Momeberg, Brian Evans, Layne Hutchings and Dave Alhadeff (95B BMW E30 325iS). Trevor Hutchings (HSC Racing 71C VW Scirocco) third, Deon Conradie (Garage 86 9\86C Toyota Conquest RSi) fourth in class C. Calvin Beekman (Rob Tissington 42E Morris Minor 1293cc) claimed class E.

Pirelli V8 Masters 2×8 Laps
It really would be nice to see some form of stability return to the Pirelli V8 Masters series where it has almost become the norm to see one driver up an disappear with everyone else falling over each other to fill the remaining spots. Keeping up with who is driving which car another new challenge?

Fabio Tafani (1 Club Refrigeration APV347iS) still the yardstick of the series and Heat 1 saw him ahead of Marcel Angel (14 Autohaus Angel), Sean Moore (73 Ziegler Logistics), Rui Campos (29 Campos Transport), Mark Ridgway (53 getWorth) and Barry Ingle (22 NAC Helicopters).

Heat 2 and the front end saw Fabio Tafani, Marcel Angel and Sean Moore repeat theresult with Jason Ibbotson (46 Autohaus Angel) fourth, Barry Ingle fifth and Gary Thomson sixth.

A beautiful raceday marred by an unfortunate accident

Published by: Patrick Vermaak

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