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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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