The 18th May will be our third Regional Main Circuit Racing event of the year, please find required info below.
Official practice for the 18th May event will take place this Saturday the 11th May. If you plan on practicing you need to submit your entry & payment before the close of business on Friday 10th May which is this Friday.
Competitors are also asked to please be responsible with fuel on event days, please make sure you do not leave any fuel unattended. Please keep you fuel under your control at all times.
Nobody will be getting a free pass at Round 3 of the Mike Hopkins Motorcycles regional series, to be run at Cape Town’s Killarney circuit this Saturday. With two races for the Superbikes classes and two more for Classic and Powersport competitors, everybody will be out there banging elbows this weekend.
In the absence of Ronald Slamet and his Mike Hopkins ZX-10R, Class A will be fought out between Trevor Westman on the Walker Brothers S1000RR and Aran van Niekerk’s Stunt SA/DMR ZX-10R.
With these experienced riders now on truly competitive machinery for the first time, each is coming into his own as a top contender in regional racing. They have known each other since their debut on the short circuit a decade ago, know each other’s riding style and, more importantly, trust each other not to do anything silly that bring both down.
If there is a dark horse, however, it is 2012 600 Challenge champion Gerrit Visser, who has moved up to the litre-class ranks this season on the well-sorted Competition Bikes CBR1000RR. He was less than two seconds off the pace in his previous outing - only his second on this bike - and managed an impressive fourth in Race 2 on the day.
Should either of the fancied runners make a mistake, he’ll be ready to take advantage, as will the Simon brothers Zane and Tyran, each on a Kawasaki ZX-10R, and David Bolding on the PJ One ZX-10R.
Of the 600 Challenge ‘brat pack’ the one to watch is Nicholas van der Merwe (DMR CBR600RR), who won the class and finished sixth overall for the day last time out, but don’t write off MX Clean GSX-R600 rider Brandon Haupt, now fully fit after some personal structural repairs in the close season.
Leroy Malan (Honda CBR1000RR), Mike Wilhelmi (Fast Fence ZX-10R) and Shaun de Jager (Honda CBR1000RR) are the form riders in Class B, but the may encounter an unexpected threat in the form of Shakir ‘Shrek’ Smith, whose Entity CBR1000RR, affectionately known as Donkey, is back in one piece after a huge crash at the February meeting and could just possibly cause an upset.
Class C looks like a straight fight between Vossie Vosloo on the Omega R1 and Wayne Arendse’s privateer Honda CBR600
With Carl Liebenberg, who has dominated Powersport racing for so long, taking a judicial bye, the class is wide open. Warren Gauntario, however, is entered on the Calberg ER6 and will do battle with the similar bikes of Trevor Westman and Andrew Liebenberg, as well as Hayden Jonas, Graeme Green and Brandon Storey, each on Suzuki SV650.
Tony Jones will be out again on his superb Ducati 1000 Paul Smart Replica, fending off the Suzuki GSX-R750’s of Lourens Rossouw and born-again racer Peter Beldekeno for Vintage Superbike honours.
The biggest cheers in the Clubman Class, however, will be reserved for Mandy Peake, back on her big yellow Fast by Fran VTR1000 after not one but two major crashes at the April meeting.
Killarney is due to explode into action again on Saturday when the cars and bikes roll out for another exciting round of the Western Cape main circuit championship.
And the crowded Midas Clubman collection could well be one of the best. Because the talk before the most recent meeting, about whether anyone could chop Brennan Green’s hot GTi, was cut short when Danie van Niekerk did just that in his BMW 325 in the second race. Although Green still collared the overall top award, the breakthrough had been made.
Then there’s Jesse Huggett, who must be almost as old as those giant tortoises on the Seychelles – but still a whole lot faster. Back in class A where he belongs, the Jetta driver nailed second and third place points last time and will be aiming to improve on that tally on Saturday. Of course Gavin Cerff‘s Spur Beemer was on the front row of the grid after qualifying that day and should also present a threat to the leaders.
Speaking of leaders, many of them are likely to be Porsche wrapped in the Big Foot Express / Execuline Sports and GT events. And it was possibly heels and toes like those of Big Foot that resulted in overheated brakes ending a fine performance from veteran Keith Fourie in his GT3 last month. However it is hardly likely to happen again and it is going to be interesting to see how he copes with Porsche exponents of the caliber of Dawie Joubert, Craig Jarvis, Gary Kieswetter and Johan Engelbrecht.
But there’s more. Juno Harpists, Steve Humble and Francis Carruthers are also in the mix and quite capable of causing an upset. It should be interesting.
At the last meeting, the Mutlu Batteries Classic Car category welcomed a number of entries returning – in rugby parlance – from injury. These included Trevor Momberg in his 3-litre Capri and Dave Kopke, who was prominent among them in his little Mazda R100 that soon showed it was over the poor run of form Dave had to put up with earlier in the season.
A Datsun powered Martin Richards and Neil Hawkins (Ford Escort RS2000), are also expected to see action in the front line, while a rearmed Charles Arton could pose a threat in his menacing Ford Capri Perana.
The absence of Clive Spolander’s Jaguar is going to open the door for Lourens Bester (Porsche 944T), in the Charl Electrical Eng. Fine Car class, while the Index of Performance will probably be fought out between Geoff Bihl (Porsche 944) and Ray Cooper (Escort GT).
The Makita Supercar events are wide open. Richard Schreuder, who is almost as old as Jesse Huggett, showed the youngsters the way around when he claimed pole at the last meeting. But although he couldn’t win a race he remains a threat, as do tearaway kortbroeke like Dayne Angel and Brad Wadeley.
Gates open at 07.00 with practice from 09.00. The first of the 14 races is due off at 11.00. Admission is R50 and R10 for scholars under 16. But there is no charge for kiddies under 12.