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NEW CHAMPION HAS A TARGET ON HIS BACK

Hayden Jonas, in his rookie season in the RST Suzuki South Superbike series, has already clinched the title on the Samurai R1, but he’ll be the first to admit that this just puts a bigger target on his back at the Pink Drive Power Series on Saturday 19 October.

Gates open at 7:30am, racing begins at 10:00am. Book at Computicket (https://tickets.computicket.com/…/power_series_roun…/6932071) or pay at the gate: Adults R80, scholars under 16 R20 and children under 12 free.

Beating the new champion would mean huge bragging rights for any of the litre-class riders, so he’ll face determined challenges at the penultimate round of the 2019 Power Series sponsored by Wingfield Motors with support from media partner Kfm 94.5, at Killarney International Raceway on Saturday 19 October, themed as the Pink Drive Power Series in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Leading the charge will be long-standing rival Trevor Westman on the Mad Macs ZX-10R and veteran Malcolm Rapson (himself a former regional title-holder) on his family-funded Suzuki GSX-R1000.

The only entry in the RST Trac Mac Powersport 650 division is Andrew Thompson on the MHM/Thruxton ER650 – but he will have to fend off strong challenges from the super-competitive teenagers in the Super300 Class, notably Slade van Niekerk (Prestige/GT Graphics R3) and Jason Linaker (Samurai Racing ) – in fact it’s likely these races will be won by B-division machines.

The Clubman category represents the future of motorcycle racing at Killarney, and judging by an entry list of 19 Clubman and Breakfast Run machines, that future is in good hands.

Crowd favourite, red-hot rookie and all-round nice guy Lubabalo Ntisana must start as favourite on the LB Autos ZX-10R, but he will come under intense pressure from veteran Wayne Arendse and the JJ Smith Trust ZZX-10R, as well as up and coming riders Shaun Mackrill (GFP Lighting ZX-10R) and Kyle Laatz (Blue Steel GSX-R600).

Nevertheless, the dark horse to watch is former off-roader Jonathan Schwerin, who has retired his previous-generation Suzuki GSX-R1000 in favour of a BMW S1000 RR. Schwerin has surprised the Killarney faithful in the past and could well do so again.

 – Dave Abrahams

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