JUNO, WHO'S DRIVING?: Former Porsche-pusher Johan Engelbrecht will be at the wheel of a second Juno during the Sports and GT events at Killarney on Saturday Nov 8 2014. Supplied
CAPE TOWN - With the action becoming more frantic as the season moves towards its close a near record entry will be on track at Killarney for Saturday’s penultimate round of the 2014 Power Series.
The big V8 Masters’ title chase is still wide open with only three points between current top-scoring Marcel Angel and Fabio Tafani. Former championship leader Craig Jarvis, down in third after suspension problems led to his retirement a month earlier, is also still in with a chance and could cause an upset.
WORK TO DO
However, with the victor’s laurels in the two races during the most recent meeting having been claimed by Richard Schreuder and a low-flying Charles Arton, predicting the Saturday’s winner is not easy.
Then, after all the booming Beemers were eclipsed by Brennon Green’s innocuous Golf 5 during the Clubman shoot-out in October 2014 their expected resurgence on Saturday should be something to savour. The M3’s of Achmat Achmat and Junaid Slamang were menacing with Achmat actually winning the first race, while Danie van Niekerk’s 325, expected to be up with the leaders, finished well back.
And with Wayne Wilson’s Nissan Maxima easily out-scoring Mansoor Parker’s 325 in class B, the BMW contingent has a heap of work to do.
Juno SS3 exponent Francis Carruthers has retained the lead in the Sports and GT category and will be back in action despite having been the Kobe fillet in a T-bone bender last month. Second in the class depends on the efforts of former Porsche pusher Johan Engelbrecht in a smaller engined Juno, against Steve Humble (Mallock 14B) and Dawie Joubert (Lotus Exige).
IT'S MOMBERG - ON PAPER
Behind them veteran Louis de Jager (Class C, Lola T212), is second overall, with Class D Porsche GT3-RS hitmen Cyril Ginsburg and Maarten Prins joint third.
On paper, Trevor Momberg (3.4 Ford Capri) and Robin Forbes (Chev Stingray V8) are the main contenders in the Classic Car category. However Richard Quixley (Datsun 240Z) is the form player and could prove difficult to beat.
Although the GTi Challengers may not be the fastest, they more than make up for it with their skrik-vir-niks tracktics. One-on-one battles are expected in all three classes and although Brett Roach won Class A at the September meeting, Kosie Swanepoel’s Jumbo Jetta may just cause an upset this time. And if the other classes match the entertainment provided by Kosie Weyers / Marco Bussi in Class B and Paul Simon / Ebrahim Levy in Clas C on that day, spectators will get a triple bonus.
The Porsche-powered Van der Merwe duo, with Louwrens Bester and Piet Matthee, should be near the front of the large Fine Car field, with the physically handicapped Steve Hallett (Ford Sapphire), a possible Index of Performance winner.
The first of the 18 races should start at 9.45am; there'll be a fan walk among the Sports and GT cars and GTi Challenge entries during the lunch break. Admission R60 for adults, R20 under-16's. Younger youngsters, free entry.