RACE MEET 12 JULY 2014 - WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO
10 July 2014 | Press release
Ernie “Lightning“ Leite and
Superbike star Ronald Slamet are two northern suburbs competitors
who are expected to shoot the lights out during the fifth round
of the Wingfield Motors Power Series at Killarney on Saturday.
Anyone who braved the wintery conditions during the most recent
meeting will agree that In addition to the exciting racing,
the refreshing manner in which it emphasized the talent of certain
drivers who for various reasons are often mechanically challenged
and outclassed on a dry surface – was another hugely positive
And while Slamet has retained his overall lead in the Superbike
championship, Leite was probably even more impressive in the
Midas Clubman category. At the wheel of his class C, VW Caddy
bakkie, a model designed as a light commercial workhorse, his
opposition included the latest in total engineering from BMW
and Audi among others and he was down in 22nd place on the starting
grid after the final practice session.
But when the heavens opened up at the start, he immediately
began using his head more than his accelerator foot as he picked
his way carefully through the field. With cars going off the
track in all directions it was a magnificent performance. So
much so that he briefly led the entire field until having to
settle for second when he was passed by Danie van Niekerk’s
325 BMW, shortly before the finish.
While the Midas category has a bye this week, the hyper-enthusiastic
Leite will be seen in his low life class D, Fiat 128 Rallye
in the Mutlu Battery Classic Car events. Could there be a repeat
performance if it rains? But wet or dry, he is going to face
up to Vance Kearney’s Capri Perana V8, Anton Rollino (Chev
CanAm V8), Chris Carolin (Mazda rotary) and Martin Richards
in his super-quick Datsun KB210. It won’t be easy.
The brutal power of the big Masters V8’s, is not conducive
to racing in skating rink conditions and with only four of the
one-make category able to take the chequered flag last month,
the drivers are all going to be on the hunt for points in the
Much is expected from 18 year old Marco Busi in the Makita Supercar
category. The former GTi star will be making his debut in the
one-make class and it is going to be interesting to see how
he fares. Then with two sleek British Juno sports cars --- including
championship leader Francis Carruthers in his new SS7 -- lined
up against an array of the best German Porsches in the Big Foot
Express Sports and GT events, it’s difficult to predict
the winner of this one.
Other events on Saturday are going to include races for the
Charl Electrical Eng. Fine Cars and Formula Libre single seaters.
Among the two wheelers, the Mike Hopkins Superbikes, as well
as the Powersport, Clubman and Classic motorcycles, will all
be in action.
see you there!