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2014-09-02 13:06

FLYING DUTCHMAN: Belgian Formula 3 star Sam Dejonghe will be in action in this Chev CanAm V8 during Round 7 of the Power Series at Killarney on Saturday, September 6 2014. Image: Dave Colins


CAPE TOWN, Western Cape - With top former European F3 driver Sam Dejonghe on a fleeting visit to the Cape for just one race meeting, Saturday’s Classic Car events at Killarney could be a highlight of Round 7 the Power Series.

The young Belgian had one F3 championship victory to his name in the current season when he decided to switch to sports-car racing. He will be at the wheel of Jan-Willem de la Porte’s specially prepared Chev CanAm V8 this weekend and it’s going to be interesting to see how he performs against the likes of Chris Carolin in his Mazda Capella, Trevor Momberg’s Ford Capri and the Datsuns of Martin Richards (140Z) and Richard Quixley (240Z).

With a selected number of Fine Cars included in the large field, traffic congestion could present the front runners with an additional problem.


The Germanic dominance of the Clubman category will see a trio of Beemers in the hands of the spectacular Danie van Niekerk, Ebrahim Levy and Truspe Schoeman up against reigning champion Andre Johnson (Audi A4). However the surprises in these events could be supplied by Golfer Clint Rennard - currently hot property - or possibly Brennan Green in a Class X Audi A4.

Behind them the Class B BMW’s of Gary Mainwaring and Mansoor Parker will be doing well if they can stay ahead of Gavin Cerff’s flying Golfburger.

Then anyone looking for something spectacular will be well advised to keep an eye on Brett Roach in the GTi Challenge events. While he’s always been quick, this firebrand also acquired a “human wrecking-ball” image early in his career. However that seems to have been shelved of late and his battle with Andrew Goslett and Bessie Bester, as well as Nian du Toit, who starts as the overall favourite, could be close.

The V8 Masters and the Supercars will be back in action after their Namibian desert adventure in August. The head of the Supercar field is likely to be disputed between golden boys Nick Adcock and Table View’s Brad Wadeley, while Gareth Easom and Stuart Spooner will be the drivers to catch in the silver and bronze classes


An excellent performance by Gauteng veteran Paolo Cavalieri in Windhoek, where he finished second to Marcel Angel, has seen him emerge as the dark horse in the Masters category. It’s now going to be interesting to see whether he can get the better of guys such as championship leader Craig Jarvis and Charles Arton on their home circuit.

Francis Carruthers’ opposition in the Bigfoot Express Sports and GT category is likely to come from Dawie Joubert in a Lotus Exige Honda and Steve Humble (Mazda MX 5T). Which means it is going to be left to Keith Fourie and Matt Kreeve to keep Mike Verrier’s Nardini behind them in Class B  to salvage something for the Porsche force. 

Gates will open at 7am. The first of the 16 events will start at 10am with a motorcycle Fan Walk and drifting exhibition during the lunch break.

Admission R60 for adults, R20 under 12’s, no charge for younger kids.

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