Hot and windy conditions set the scene for a tough day of racing at Killarney International Raceway on Saturday 21 October 2023. This the tenth year of the Wingfield Motors Power Series Regional Championship. With the Springbok Rugby Team taking on England the will to win was present in each category. Several local racers involved in the 4-Hour SAES race thus some leading names are absent in various categories.
A minute of silence as a token of respect to SA Motorsport legend Basil van Rooyen and fellow motorsport names Marius Broeksma, David Grobler, Celsio Scribante, and David Wentzel.
Pirelli V8 Masters 2×8 Laps
Fabio Tafani (39 Club Refrigeration APV347iS) cruised to Heat 1 victory when Marcel Angel (14 Angel Autohaus APV347iS) took himself and Sean Moore (1 Ziegler Logistics APV347iS ) out of the race in Hoals on Lap 1. Angel dropping to last whilst Moore required a few laps to recover to second, before dropping out with three laps to go.
Allister Brown (22 NAC Helicopters APV347iS) went off in Interceptor (Turn 3) on the final lap allowing Jason Ibbotson (46 Autohaus Angel APV347iS) into second with Barry Ingle (70 APV347iS) third and a recovering Marcel Angel fourth. Gary Thomson (17 APV347iS) winning the Silver category with Mark Voget (21 Great South APV347iS) second, Ken Finneran (44 Blockkoin APV347iS) third and Stuart Spooner (55 APV347iS) fourth.
Fabio Tafani truly back on form as he cruised to a second victory from Barry Ingle, Allister Brown, Marcel Angel and Jason Ibbotson. Overall for the day Fabio Tafani claimed the top step of the podium with Barry Ingle second and Jason Ibbotson third. Marcel Angel had to work hard for fourth whilst Mark Voget (Silver) claimed fifth from Gary Thomson (Silver).
Alert Engine Parts GTi Challenge 2×8 Laps
24 Cars spread through three classes took to the circuit for Heat 1. Somewhat disappointing to note that no less than four cars would be disqualified for technical infringements (Over Power). Victory going to Nathan Victor (71A Summit Racing VW Polo 6 GTi) with Clinton Bezuidenhout (57A Progress Precision Engineering VW Polo 6 GTI) second and Dillon Joubert (44A Euroblitz VW Polo 6 GTi) third. Ian Kapp (65A Hydracor Hydraulics VW Polo 6 GTi) fourth.
Tate Bishop (94B Angri Racing Academy VW Jetta) winning class B from Zaki Hendricks (7B Wheelworx Mag Repairs VW Polo 6), Kyle Wiltshire (54B VW Polo 6), Mario Roux (17B Automar Automotive VW Polo 6) and Brent van der Schyff (69B WKA VW Polo Classic). Class C going to Mark Fontini (31C Goch&Cooper VW Golf MkI), a whisker ahead of Dylan van Eden (55C RVE Digital Marketing VW Golf MkI), Faizal Jacobs (40C Durham Agency VW Golf MkI), Ross Schroeder (16C Api Property Group VW Golf MkI), Reza Levy (45C Jive VW Golf MkI) and Devon Dreyer (68C Api Property Group VW Golf MkI).
Nathan Victor just pipped Marco Busi (41A Automan VW Polo 6 GTi) to the flag in heat two with Clinton Bezuidenhout third, Schalk Geldenhuys fourth, Dillon Joubert fifth and class B winner, Tate Bishop sixth. Zaki Hendricks, Kyle Wiltshire, Tahier Khalpey, Mario Roux and Brent van der Schyff in pursuit.
Class C dominated by Dylan van Eden after the retirement of Mark Fontini after just two laps. Nur Abass shadowing Dylan past the flag with reza levy third, Ross Schroeder fourth, Daniel Munna fifth and Faizal Jacobs sixth.
Overall the order was Nathan Victor from Clinton Bezuidenhout, Dillon Joubert, Tate Bishop fourth, Zaki Hendricks fifth and Kyle Wiltshire sixth. The class C order Dylan van Eden ahead of Faizal Jacobs, Ross Schroeder, Reza Levy, Nur Abass and Devon Dreyer.
Formula Libre 2×10 Laps
A small field of just nine cars somewhat disappointing for a category that have impressed during 2023. Dee-Jay Booysen (20S Dico VW Reynard) winning the opening race much as he pleased from Darren Liebenberg (26C Formula M Kawasaki 636cc) and Ryno Pentz (65C Dico VW Omega). Benjack Phillips (17V Classic Car Care Lantis) entertained by rotating into the kitty litter in Hoals Hoek starting the second lap and his FVee was left stranded.
Darren Liebenberg only managed four alps in heat two and Dee-Jay Booysen cruised to another win from Zane Amundsen (30V Alpha Precision Engineering Lantis), Donovan Ramsay (95V Kerston Foods Sting) and Ryno Pentz. Ricky Anderson (96C Forza) and Luan van Heerden (28V Omega) completing the top six, which also represented the overall positions after two heats..
Laude Classic Cars 2×8 Laps
Many new combinations and a healthy field of 35 cars made this, the Laude Classic Cars, main attraction for the day. Arnold Neveling slowing out of Hoals on the final lap, dropping out of a fighting second place. Franco Donadio outbraked himself into Hoals a lap earlier allowing the two Mustangs to close but managed to recover for another victory in the rampant Escort. Glen Uytenbogaardt slipped past Michael Hitchcock on the final lap to be the leading white and blue Ford home. Arnold Neveling hanging on to fourth with Louis Powell fifth in the Ford Escort. Ferdi Mouton taking sixth in his Ford Mustang.
Heat two saw Franco making a race of it with Michael after Arnold Neveling, Glen Uytenbogaardt, Louis de Jager and Mark Uytenbogaardt had fallen by the wayside. The Escort leading the Mustang ahead of Trevor Momberg, Ferdi Mouton, Charles Arton and Andrew Honeywell.
Overall Franco Donadio (1A Donadio Plant Hire Ford Escort MkI) led Michael Hitchcock (67A Cross Cape Forklift Services Ford Mustang V8) home in class A. Ferdi Mouton (68B Cross Cape Forklift Services Ford Mustang V8) topped class B from Trevor Momberg (73B All Scale Ford Capri V6), Andrew Honeywell (196B Porsche 944 Turbo), Charles Arton (80B Mazda Capella Rotary) and Jaco Lambert (61B VW Jetta).
The class C war went to Wynand Nell (44C Harkers Automotive Ford Anglia) from Brian Evans (441C Cape Eye Laser Ford Escort MkI) , Trevor Hutchings (71C HSC VW Scirocco), Layne Hutchings (74C HSC Racing VW Golf MkII GTi), Vance Kearney (111C VW Jetta) and Herman de Kock (59C ASJ Motors Ford Escort MkI).
Dave Rowley (148D Flat Four Racing VW Beetle) claimed class D with Jan Willem de la Porte second (240D Datsun 240Z), James Matthee (700D Augusta Motors Honda CRX) third, Robert Rowe (84D Veldt Services BMW E30) fourth, Piet Matthee (33D Technofill Porsche 928) fifth and Derek Wilsnagh (57D Ford Anglia) sixth.
Anton Rollino (42E Rob Tissington Morris Minor 1293cc) claimed class E from Melt Carstens (201D Ford Cortina MkII) whilst Jaco Oosthuizen (127X Ravenol Toyota Conquest RSi) proved quickest of those on invite.
Thermo Fires Clubman Saloons 2×8 Laps
Pacing themselves with the BMW of Daanyaal Coetzee for seven laps the Modack “DTM” combination simply blasted down the back straight, the Imaad Modack (47X MIM Carriers BMW M4) opening a huge gap on the Nieyaaz Modack (37X MIM Carriers Audi S4) whilst both left Coetzee standing out of Sarel Sweep. Taking one and two very much a no contest result.
Imaad Modack (47X MIM Carriers BMW M4) claimed heat two from Daanyaal Coetzee with Kosie Swanepoel third, Cody Alberts fourth, Michael le Sueur fifth and André Diedericks sixth past the flag.
Overall Daanyaal Coetzee (46A A&M Plumbing VBMW E46 M3) claimed top spot in class A from Kosie Swanepoel (21A KSD Toyota Lexus 200iS Turbo), Cody Alberts (100A Avid Security BMW 330i) and Michael le Sueur (64A New Engineering VW Golf MkI). André Diedericks (73B Camel BMW E30) taking class B from JP Share (1B Bester Tegniese Dienste BMW E36), Paul Munnik (79B Audi VW Auto Clinic MkI), Ewald Weiland (77B Weiland Construction Alfa Romeo GTV 3.0) and Graeme van Rooijen (149B Worcester Scrap metal VW Golf MkI). Eugen Casperl (95C BMW E46) topped class C from Ciara van Niekerk (16C Wingfield Motors VW Golf MkI). Charl Opperman (89D Excelsior Airbrakes VW Golf MkI) claiming class D and in class F it was Gavin Cerff (17F Spur VW Golf MkI) from Evert du Toit (651F New Engineering Ford Falcon), André van der Merwe 123F Huguenot Vallei Mineral Water Chrysler C300), Mia Bensch (110F Virtual 5 BMW E36), Zahir Phillips (107F MRP Auto Racing VW Jetta) and John da Silva (142F Ezi Group Solar VW Golf MkI).
Wild Rose Gin Sport & GT Cars 2×9 Laps
Dawie Joubert brought his 488 Ferrari engined Lotus Exige out to play and simply blew everything away. Francis Carruthers enjoying a quiet drive into second spot with the Pilbeam MP84. Steve Humble running third in the 11X Harp Motorsport Juno SS3 CN.
The almost excessive aerodynamic package on the Lotus looked like it was actually too heavy to go fast and despite the extremely windy conditions one may well have expected faster times than the 1min12 bracket. It was however enough to win easily and one could only consider this a development outing for Dawie Joubert.
Heat two order past the flag was Dawie Joubert (28A Wild Rose Lotus Exige), Francis Carruthers (69A Harp Motorsport Pilbeam MP84), Maarten Prins (72B Motul Porsche GT3 Cup), Martin Pugh (21B Appleberry Farm Shelby Can Am), Divan Luzmore (99C GT Clubsport Nissan 350Z) and Marco Retter (50X Progress Engineering BMW M3) and this was also the overall order after two heats.
Bridgestone STC650 and SSP300 Motorcycles 2×9 Laps
Ryan Coetzee won heat one quite convincingly from Nicholas Hutchings, Jamie Hall, Paul Medell, Matthew van Niekerk and Braddon Hutchings.
Heat two would prove to be the race of the day as Ryan Coetzee (32 Project 60 Kawasaki ER650) snatched another win by just 0.150sec from a determined Nicholas Hutchings (72 HSC Racing Suzuki SV650). Jamie Hall (65 MGA Racing Kawasaki ER650)) third, Paul Medell (5 Trac Mac Kawasaki ER6N) fourth, Matthew van Niekerk (92 Bulldog Racing Suzuki SV650) fifth and Braddon Hutchings (74 HSC Racing Kawasaki ER650) sixth. Also the overall order for the day after two heats.
Superbikes 2×9 Laps
Kewyn Snyman (19 SBK Missile Motorcycles Honda CBR1000) was taking no prisoners in the presence of some up country challengers and simply sped ahead of Allan-Jan Venter (39 SBK True Vine Kawasaki ZX10R), Malcolm Rapson (1M SBK Racebase Suzuki GSXR1000), Rob Cragg (16M SBK Matrix Kawasaki ZX10R), Mark van den Berg (96M SBK GFP Suzuki GSXR1000) and Slade van Niekerk (111 600cc Project 60 Kawasaki ZX6) in heat one.
Kewyn did likewise in heat two with Allan-Jan Venter in second but Tristin Pienaar (50 600cc Stocker Racing Yamaha R6) impressed with third from Malcolm Rapson, Rob Cragg and Slade van Niekerk.
After two heats the overall order Kewyn Snyman, Allan Venter, Tristin Pienaar, Malcolm Rapson, Rob Cragg and Slade van Niekerk.
South Motorcycles Clubman, Classic SBK and Breakfast Run 2×9 Laps
Gerhard Vrey (21 Clubman Somerset Auto Clinic Kawasaki ZX10R) ) winning from Leighton Thomas (55 Clubman Ubuntu Movers Kawasaki ZX10R), Piers Canute (77 Clubman Project 60 Yamaha R6)), Willem Louw (86 Clubman Kawasaki ZX6R), Samkelo Liwani (49 Clubman Yamaha YZF R6) and Conrad Meyer (58 BR Suzuki GSXR 1000) in heat one. Heat two Gerhard Vrey led Samkelo Liwani, Leighton Thomas, Piers Canute, Willem Louw and Jayson Bulterman (90 Clubman Power Steering Solutions BMW F800) home.
Overall order Vrey, Thomas, Canute, Louw, Liwani, Bulterman.
Published by: Patrick Vermaak
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