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2015-06-02 10:03

MUSCLE METAL: Marcel Angel will be racing in the 3-Hour in a recently acquired and very muscular eight-litre Dodge Viper V10. Image: Colin Brown

ADRIAN PHEIFFER

CAPE TOWN, Western Cape - Saturday’s (June 6 2015) Carnival Race Day at Killarney will include an African 3-Hour Endurance Race, a round of the SA Superkart championship, the fourth leg of the Power Series and an under-cover Sports and Exotic Motor Show.

The Cape’s petrol-heads have never had it so good…

ANGELS PRESENT

The 3-Hour – it’ll finish late evening - has entries from many of the country’s quickest sports cars but the lead seems most likely to be contested by three hot Juno SS3’s led by the V6 of Western Cape champion Francis Carruthers and co-drivers Nick Adcock/Dean McCarroll.

They will have backing from Steve Humble/Johan Engelbrecht, winners of the recent Free State 6-Hour, and Colin Plit/Dawie Joubert.

However they may all be surprised by hard-driving Craig Jarvis who has invited V8 Masters kingpin Marcel Angel to join him in his recently acquired and very muscular eight-litre Dodge Viper V10 (image above).

Others who could be in with a chance are Dave Alhadeff/Jonathan Bernstein/Chris Carolin in their American-sourced V8 Panoz Esperante and possibly a works Alfa GT entered by Alfa Romeo SA for Theo van Vuuren/Bradly Scorer.

Although not yet confirmed (June 2), the word is Greg Mills and lightning lady co-driver Andrea Bate might use the race as a test of their Pillbeam MP 98 as a precursor for a possible Le Mans 24-Hour venture.

Of course the time spent refuelling and changing drivers, as well as the final hour of racing in the dark, could also influence the outcome.

…AND THE SUPERKARTS

IN MOTORSPORT terminology, the “pocket rocket” tag can only have been coined to describe the incredible 250cc, six-speed Superkarts. What else can you call a tiny projectile with no suspension, tiny wheels but with a power-to-weight ratio approaching F1 standard.

They can accelerate to 100km/h in three seconds and reach 200km/h on the Killarney back straight.

The driver to watch in this weekend will be well-known to local regulars: young Dayne Angel, son of multiple former SA Superkart champion Marcel Angel, will make his pocket-rocket debut on Saturday. He’s already a Supercar saloon superstar so it will be interesting to see how he adapts to racing with his helmet out in the open and his backside only millimetres off the tar.

…AND THE CAR SHOW

AN EXOTIC and Sports Car Show in the enclosed comfort of the new pits block is high on the list of its static attractions will be a rare 1939 Peugeot hill-climb special.

There will also be several other historic competition cars and motorcycles from the Franschhoek Motor Museum.

In a more modern context, “drives” will be available to any budding Lewis Hamilton at the wheel of the Formula 1 simulators that proved hugely popular during the recent Extreme Festival meeting.

…AND OUTSIDE AMUSEMENTS

Outside, a multi-faceted fun fair and amusement park in the pits car park offer family rides - and entertainment of a different nature in the adjacent car park

There will also be a parade of VW Beetles (and a few Karmann Ghias, even an early Kombi or two), to honour the 80th anniversary of the famous People’s Car. This will be followed by a display of motorcycle stunt-riding.

Power Series championship events earlier in the day will include races for Formula Libre single-seaters where all eyes will be on 15-year-old Joshua Dolinschek, winner of the most recent round of the championship.

Young tigers in the GTi Challenge are also being catered for and the Classic Cars and Cars Unlimited Fine Cars (where Dave Rowley has entered his modified 2.4 VW Beetle), will be sent off at the same time but scored separately.

Despite the crowded programme (10am start) admission remains pegged at R60 for adults, R20 for school-goers under 16 and nothing for under-12’s.

Tickets are also available through Computicket.


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