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DRAMA APLENTY AT SIZZLING KILLARNEY

The Extreme Festival Racing show performed at the Western Cape Killarney circuit on Saturday, and it was a huge success.A large Capetonian crowd showed up on a perfect day for racing to be rewarded with a day of close competition, varied winners and championship leader changes.
Hennie Groenewald
Hennie Groenewald

The bill-topping National Production Car races saw three separate winners. In race one Hennie Groenewald (Sasol Audi S4) beat Gary Formato (SMD Focus ST) to the flag by two seconds, with Michael Stephen (Engen Xtreme Audi S4) third, another second adrift. Pre-event favourites Graeme Nathan (VW Golf GTI) and Gennaro Bonafede (Sasol Audi S4) clashed and went off the road together, leading to Nathan’s immediate retirement.

Race two, from an inverted grid, saw Bonafede leading from pole position to chequered flag, followed home by Gary Formato and Shaun Duminy (SMD Focus ST), while race three produced a huge three-way fight between the Audis of Bonafede, Groenewald and Stephen.

The lead changed hands six times before Stephen eventually won from Groenewald and Bonafede, with the three cars covered by three tenths of a second over the finish line.

Sheldon van der Linde (Champion Polo) won the opening Engen Volkswagen Cup race from series newcomer Matt Shorter (Champion Polo) and Mathew Hodges (Makapano Polo). Race two saw Van der Linde stumped by a gearbox failure, leaving Mathew Hodges to win from Daniel Rowe (Ferodo Polo) and Trevor Bland (PG Glass Polo).

Local Youngster Julian van der Watt (Investchem Mygale) won the first Midas Formula Ford race, leading home Matthew Merton (Hypress Africa Mygale) and Keagan Masters (Performance Masters Mygale). The next time around veteran Robert Wolk (Chemical Logistics Mygale) won from Werner Scholtz (Motorvia Mygale), Matthew Merton and van der Watt who had led most of the way before being punted off, but did enough to win overall.

The Crossley and Webb Sports and GT races produced huge entries, with more than 40 cars taking to the Killarney grid. Francis Carruthers (Harp Juno) won both races, followed the first time by Steve Humble (Harp Juno), Dawie Joubert (Lotus Exige Honda), Nicky Dicks (Curvent Porsche GT3) and Craig Jarvis (Panacea Porshce GT3).

The next time out, Joubert took the runner-up spot from Steve Humble, Craig Jarvis and Johan Engelbrecht (Porsche GT2R).

Both of the day’s Mike Hopkins Superbike races went to David McFadden (Kawasaki ZX10R), beating Trevor Westman (Mad Mac Kawasaki) to the line. Malcolm Rapson (Cattle Baron Kawasaki) and Hayden Jonas (ASAP World Kawasaki) took the two third places, respectively.

The Midas Clubman races boasted a full grid of 46 cars. Race one went to Clint Rennart (G&A Promotions Golf), followed by Mansoor Parker (BMW E30 325), Gavin Cerff (Spur BMW E36) and Mark Smith (VW Golf). Race two saw Alex Johnson (Executive Decisions Audi) winning from Danie van Niekerk (BMW E36), Mansoor Parker and Gavin Cerff.

* Marcel Angel (APV) won the first Makita Formula Supercar races from Richard SWchreuder (TRS APV) and Jurgen Zu Bentheim (Novel Ford APV). Craig Jarvis (Panacea APV) won the next time, leading home Franco Donadio ((APV) and Brian Evans (APV).

The next round of the 2015 Extreme Festival tour will be at the Free State Phakisa Raceway on Saturday, May 2.