Cape Town – Even the weather gods approved as the big dogs of Killarney International Raceway, the thundering V8
Masters, came out for the Power Series event presented by Wingfield Motors and Kfm 94.5 on Saturday 12
September. They were accompanied as always by the Makita Supercars and there are also races for the combined
Millstock Cars Pre 1980/Pre 1990 cars and Bejo Trustees Fine Cars.
Marcel Angel qualified on pole, split seconds ahead of Fabio Tafani and Sean Moore. These three got into a huge dice
in Race 1, which was cut short when Tafani dropped out on lap six, leaving Moore to chase Angel to the line, finishing
less than half a second behind.
Tafani’s departure promoted Richard Schreuder to third, just 0.667sec ahead of hard-charging Rui Campos, while
Jason Ibbotson, Roderick Simpson and Denis Gaiduk were the first three Siver Class drivers home, in seventh, eighth and ninth overall respectively.
Meanwhile, Ryan McCarthy, Andrew Moffit and rookie Hilton Pieters led the Supercar charge with McCarthy a clear
winner ahead of a hotly-disputed battle in which Pieters passed Moffit on lap six and held on to take the place by a
scant 0.295sec. Stuart Spooner took Supercar Silver honours from Ilan Kaplan and Craig Massyn.
Moore came up from fourth on lap one of the second race to pass Campos for the lead on lap four and pulled away
to finish almost five seconds clear, with Schreuder and Brian Evans close behind in third and fourth respectively.
Angel and Tafani, meanwhile, got stuck in traffic and finished eighth and ninth respectively, behind Silver Class
leaders Alister Brown and Ibbotson.
McCarthy, Pieters and Moffit finsished in that order again after another Supercar dogfight, with Menno Parsons
leading the Silver Supercars, well ahead of class rivals Massyn and Simpson.
Race three was reserved for the Makita Supercars only, led all the way by McCarthy, while Pieters fought back from
fifth on lap one to finish second, albeit 16 seconds adrift. Cedric Lebon was third, ahead of sole Silver Class finisher
Charles Arton qualified his indecently quick Datsun 240Z on pole for the Classics races but it was Michael Hitchcock
in the Cross Cape Mustang who grabbed the lead at the start of Race 1, with Arton in hot pursuit until the Datsun
went out on lap seven.
That handed Hitchcock an unchallenged win, well clear of Malcom Uytenbogaardt in the Carter's Granada Perana and Geoff Bihl ,Porsche 944.
Gunther Appelgryn (BMW E36) and Rob Toscano (Technoparts MX5) led the Fine Car field to finish eighth and ninth
respectively, less than a second apart, with Fred Phillips' Morgan third in class and 12th overall.
Hitchcock led led Race 2 from lights to flag, chased all the way by Uytenbogaardt, who finished less than four
seconds adrift, while Wayne Lotter in the Killarney Gardens Motors Escort held off a determined challenged from
Bihl to come home third, less than half a second ahead of the Porsche.
Toscano aced the Fine Cars division in 10th overall, well clear of Applegryn, Phillips and Rodney Green (Piri Piri MGB),
who finished a lap down in 12th, 13th and 14th overall respectively.
Uytenbogaardt mounted another challenge to Hitchcock's dominance in Race 3, only to have the Granada go sick on lap five, leaving the Mustang to romp home 30 seconds ahead of an epic battle for second that saw Bihl, Lotter, Dave Alhadeff (Alfa GTAM) and Herman de Kock (Ford Escort 1.8L) finish in that order covered by just 2.539sec at the line.
Toscano notched up another Fine Cars win, 11 seconds ahead of Phillips, ninth and 10th respectively overall, with
Appelgryn the final finisher on the lead lap in 12th overall.
The RST Trac-Mac Superbike riders celebrated their return to racing with three sizzling races. There were epic dices
throughout the field, but all eyes were at the sharp end, where the expected confrontation between former
champions Brandon Haupt (Fueled Racing R1) and Ronald 'The Red Baron' Slamet (JP Marketing ZX-10R), and young gun Kewyn Snyman (Missile Motorcycles ZX-10R) did not disappoint.
Snyman qualified on pole, but it was Slamet who got the best launch to lead the Race 1 charge into Kfm Corner,
followed by Snyman and Haupt, who got a poor start from the front row of the grid. By the end of lap one, however,
Snyman was all over Slamet, with Haupt just a few seconds back, and closing.
On lap four, Snyman passed Slamet for the lead. The Namibian put in his best lap of the race, a 1min12.564, on lap
five in his efforts to strike back, only to fall victim to Haupt a lap later. With two laps to go, Haupt was showing
Snyman a wheel on almost every corner as they slowly pulled away from Slamet.
Both posted their fastest time of the race on the final lap – 1min12.254 for Snyman and 1min12.223 for Haupt – but
the Fueled Racing star's plans for a last-corner move were foiled by yellow flags at Fastron Corner and he was forced to follow Snyman home, 0.110sec adrift at the line.
Slamet chased them all the way to finish only 4.139sec off the pace, with Jared Schultz (ASAP World R6) the only
600cc finisher in fourth overall. Rob Cragg (Mad Macs ZX-10R) got the better of Malcolm Rapson's family-funded Suzuki GSX-R1000 two laps from the end, taking Masters honours (and fifth overall) by just 0.075sec after a race-long duel.
Schultz pulled a rocket-ship start to lead Haupt and Snyman into Kfm Corner at the start of Race 2, but by the end of
the opening lap normal service had been resumed, with Haupt, Snyman and Slamet banging elbows on almost every
Haupt then put in the fastest lap of the day – a superb 1min12.000 – on lap four and in real terms that won him the
race, as it broke the tow and allowed him to eke out a slender lead. He came home 2.259sec ahead of Snyman, with
Slamet a further 9.5 seconds adrift. Schultz bagged another fourth overall while Rapson got his revenge by passing
Cragg on lap six and pulling away to take fifth overall and first in the Masters Class, 3.709sec ahead of the Mad Macs
Two more Masters, Donovan Le Cok (RPM Centre ZX-10R) and Jacques (Stepp/Barker ZX-10R) were next home, just 0.054sec apart after a superb tussle, while Brett Roberts and his Yamaha r6, the only other 600cc machine in the
race, lost out to the the oldest rider in the field, Brandon Haupt father Peter on the second Fuelled Racing R1 (60
years young and not slowing down any time soon!) by 0.267sec after a race-long battle.
Haupt was first off the line at the start of Race 3 but was slowed by a huge wheelie as Snyman sliced past to lead into
Kfm Corner and set the pace, showing commendable maturity and racecraft under intense pressure from Haupt. The
2018 regional champion briefly took the lead on lap six but Snyman struck back a lap later and posted his fastest lap
of the day, a 1min12.194, on the last go-round.
He came home half a second ahead of Haupt, with Slamet five seconds further adrift. Shultz took fourth again to
clinch the 600cc honours for the day, while Rapson and Cragg finished fifth and sixth respectively, 0.422sec apart
after another intense battle, well ahead of Ackerman.
Roberts and Haupt Senior were eighth and ninth, even closer than in their earlier encounter, but this time Roberts
was in front by just 0.314sec.
Chris Williams put the Trac-Mac Panigale on pole for the Clubmans races, just ahead of Wayne Arendse (JJ Smith
Trust ZX-10R) and Willem Binedell's Chef@Home ZX-10R, but it was Arendse who made the running in Race 1 with
Williams never more than a bike length behind and surprise front-runner Paul Rulu (Engine Guru ZX-10R) a close
Williams moved in even closer on the action-packed final lap and slingshotted out of Arendse's slipstream on the sprint to the line to win by 0.012sec – about the width of a tyre. Rulu was third, two seconds further adrift with
Michael Hunter (Kawasaki ZX-6R) hanging on to a distant fourth, and first in Class B.
Fourteen seconds later Michael du Toit (Kawasaki ZX-10R) crossed the line at the head of an express train as he, Jos
Troch (Apex CBR1000RR) and Justin Michau (Honda CBR900RR) finished within 1.186sec and, four second later,
Binedell, Robbie Pedrica (Yamaha R1) and Nigel Boer were even closer, with 0.689sec covering all three at the flag.
Nasief Smart on the Quickpos GSX-R600 was the first Breakfast Runner home in 15th overall.
Race 2 began like an action replay with Williams chasing Arendse off the start, followed by Du Toit, Binedell, Hunter
and Michau. Binedell moved up to third on lap two, as Du Toit, Troch, Rulu and Michau battled it out for fourth, all
three covered by 0.651sec at the end of lap four.
Then Michau ran off the circuit in Car Care Clinic Sweep on lap five and took a huge tumble, bringing out the red
flags. Fortunately, Michau escaped with scrapes and bruises, and the field reformed on the grid for a four-lap sprint
to the line.
Seconds before the restart, however, Williams' Ducati stalled on the line, leaving him frantically waving his left hand in the air as the entire field, with the exception of Arendse and Binedell, went around him, fortunately without any collisions.
That left Arendse to romp home ahead of Binedell, and Troch, while Williams sliced through the field from stone last
to ninth on lap one, sixth on lap two and fourth on lap three. He was unable to reel in Troch, however, and had to
settle for fourth ahead of Rulu, who blitzed Class B leader Du Toit on the final lap to take fifth by a scant 0.026sec.
Smart didn’t make the restart; Irshaad Mohamed (QP Racing Fireblade) led the Breakfast Runners home in ninth
Stirred but not shaken, Williams started Race 3 determined to get back on terms with Arendse and stayed with the
veteran Clubman racer for most of the race, only to drop back in the closing stages, crossing the line five seconds
adrift after another thriller.
Binedell stayed out of everybody’s way to finish an unchallenged third, while Rulu, Troch and Du Toit disputed
fourth, finishing in that order within less than a second. Mohamed cemented his leadership of the Breakfast Run
crew with a fine 10th overall.
Issued by Killarney International Raceway on behalf of the Western Province Motor Club.