SUPER SERIES ROUND 2
March 2013 | Photos: RaceMasteR J & Chevan Davids | Story:
Killarney Race Track, Cape Town.
Thrills and spills characterised
a magnificent day’s racing under sunny skies at Killarney,
Cape Town for round two of the Super Series national championship
Local hero Johan Fourie (Afrox BMW) claimed the first win of the
Bridgestone Production Car event as he came home one and a half
seconds ahead of teammate Etienne van der Linde. Third, and glued
to the BMW’s exhaust, was Melvill Priest in the Meuller
Sport Audi RS4.
Class T produced a thriller as first Gary Formato led in the Castrol
Ford Focus ST but a tyre problem handed the lead to Michael van
Rooyen (Williams Hunt Chevrolet Cruze). Graeme Nathan (Indy Oil
VW Golf GTI) tried hard but couldn’t find a way past the
Chev and settled for second ahead of Shaun Duminy in the other
In race two there was no stopping Sasol Subaru’s Hennie
Groenewald who benefited from the reverse grid to come home comfortably
clear of Tschops Sipuka in the Engen Xtreme Audi RS4. Gennaro
Bonafede was third in the Ferodo backed Audi, but a penalty for
passing under a yellow flag moved Priest into the position.
Formato had no problems and took the class T victory with a three
second cushion over Nathan who was well clear of Gavin Cronje
in the Castrol MINI.
Thanks to setting fastest lap in the previous race, Bonafede started
race three from pole and held on to win a thrilling cat and mouse
contest from Engen Xtreme Audi’s Michael Stephen by 3/10ths
of a second. Third, glued to Stephen’s bumper was Sipuka.
Fourie’s hopes were dashed by mechanical problem on the
After a start line crash sidelined van Rooyen and Formato, the
class T honours went to Cronje with Jacques Joubert (Indy Oil
Golf) and the Ford of Duminy following.
The SA Sports and GT event also had fans on their toes as Ben
Morgenrood took the first win the Indy Oil Ford Mustang. In his
turbulence were father and son Larry (Fuchs Chev Corvette) and
Terry Wilford (Fuchs Ford Mustang) as the trio flashed across
the line blanketed by just over a second.
Onboard race telemetry. Gotta love it!
Darryn Lobb (Hollard Shelby CanAm) scalped the sports car pack
as he was fourth overall and well clear of Alan Eve (Pilot) and
local ace Ferdi van Niekerk (Motorola Cordless Phones).
There was drama in the second race as a turn two opening lap accident
accounted for the Shelbys of Doug Macdonald and Alister Brown
and the Chev Corvette V8 of Jody van Zummeren.
Terry Wilford never put a foot wrong as he won ahead of Lobb and
Larry Wilford. On the penultimate lap Morgenrood’s car shed
its nose section in front of the pits after a clash with Larry
Wilford after the pair had been fighting hard all race long. As
the Ford crossed the line a lap later it shed more bodywork when
a tyre let go, yet he was still fourth, less than a car length
behind Terry Wilford.
A healthy 26 car field took the start of the Engen Volkswagen
Cup and it was local hero Kosie Weyers (Engen Primax) who trounced
the field as he took a satisfying double win.
In the first race he was pushed hard by Durban’s Shaun la
Reservee (Alpine Motors) as Tasmin Pepper (PG Glass) survived
an incident with Bryan Morgan (GreatSoft) to take third.
In the second race a first corner accident claimed Pepper and
it was former champion Mathew Hodges (ITR) who won the battle
for second place as he was a car length clear of Trevor Bland
in the surviving PG Glass entry.
As always the two wheel brigade produced a spectacle and Clint
Seller (Race Kawasaki) won the opening Superbike race after great
tussle with fellow Kawasaki rider Nicholas Grobler. Keeping them
honest was BMW mounted Chris Leeson with teammate Ryan Ottens
Race two was controversial but results stood and it was Grobler
who scored his maiden win. Seller was runner-up with first race
crasher Aran van Niekerk making it a Kawasaki 1-2-3.
Veteran former World Superbike racer Lance Isaacs and rising star
Cam Petersen shared the 600cc Supersport wins. Kawasaki mounted
Isaacs blitzed the field in race one as Petersen and MV Augusta
teammate Brent Harran duked it out for second with Petersen getting
the nod by 2/10ths.
Race two saw Petersen win narrowly from Isaacs after Harran crashed
spectacularly at Cape Town corner a lap from home.
The SA Single Seaters provided the fastest race of the day and
there was no stopping Robert Wolk (Midas) as he took both Formula
Volkswagen wins ahead of Nicholas van Weely (Anglorand). David
Perel (Edenvale VW) produced a stunning performance to take third
in the opening race considering it was his first race in two years.
The Formula 1600 class saw a three-way for the lead and the win
went the way of Jason Campos (Etana Mygale) who held off brother
Keegan and James Temple.
Race two saw Wolk and van Weely at the front and this time it
was Werner Scholtz (Investchem) who took third.
Jason led Keegan home in race two with Temple making it the same
order as the earlier race.
The invitational support race of GTi Challenge was battlefield
as per normal with the likes of Zubair Sonday and Andries Eeden
fighting for the lead in Class A while Class B battles saw fights
between Polo Cup Racer Andrea Bate and Zaki Hendricks.
The field was concluded with Class C from regulars like Paul Simon
to new comer Taariq "Shift" Samodien.
Other attractions through the day were stunt bike riding and the
sight of the Engen Primax television ad star, the half race/road
car. It was truly amazing to see a big V8 lump in the front and
watching this Frankenstein monster snake off the line was a spectacle
none the less. Yes, it's rear wheel drive!
A day full of action packed bumper to bumper hard as nails racing!
What more could one ask for?! Be sure to catch the next Wesbank
Super Series round at Killarney on the 5th of October. Dont miss