Super Series to rumble Cape Town

2013-03-11 13:10

Cape Town’s Killarney circuit will host Round 2 of the Super Series on Saturday (March 16 2013) - and it promises to be a cracker of a race meeting.

In the Bridgestone Production Car event reigning champion Michael Stephen (Audi S4) will be out to defend his early championship lead as he chases a unique hat trick of Class A championships. Team mate Tschops Sipuka will support him, but feels it is time he won again. The Afrox BMW duo of Johan Fourie and Etienne van der Linde will do everything in their power to prevent it and Linde, in particular, will be determined to make amends for his crash at Kyalami during the Saturday Superpole (March 9 2013) .

Stephen’s other major threat comes from Hennie Groenewald (Subaru) who has Richard Pinard in support. Audi privateer Gennaro Bonafede and Melvill Priest have each tasted victory and can’t be discounted. Priest bagged a win in September 2012 with Bonafede claiming the last race at Kyalami.


The interest in Class T will be focused on Ford Racing's Gary Formato and Shaun Duminy, each in a new two-litre Focus ST. The big question is whether they'll have the pace to beat current champ Graeme Nathan and protégé Jacques Joubert in the tried-and-trusted Golf VI GTIs. There's also Gavin Cronje and Lee Thompson in the Minis...

Michael van Rooyen (Chev Cruze) is a race winner and always a threat. Another driver to watch is Devin Robertson and considering how well the Renault went at Kyalami, he is close to his first win.

Ben Morgenrood (Mustang) starts the new look Sports and GT Cars event as favourite after winning both races in his new-bodied V8 during February 2013. Franco di Matteo (Jaguar) and the trio of Larry, Ray and Terry Wilford (Chev) are also hungry for victory.


The Nissan V6 powered Shelby Can Ams have more power due to revised induction systems and it will be interesting to see whether a V8 GT or V6 Sports car proves faster. The long straights will suit the V8s but the nimble Shelby Sports Cars have the advantage in corners. Rui Campos starts as favourite for Sports honours but Brian Algar, Alan Eve and Darryn Lobb are bound to provide stiff competition.

With a grid approaching 30 identical cars, the VW Cup provides action aplenty. It is almost impossible to predict but at Kyalami, Jeffrey Kruger and Kosie Weyers shared the laurels. Lady racers Tasmin Pepper and Robyn Kruger left the guys something to worry about when Pepper qualified third and finished fourth place at Kyalami, while Kruger has been on the podium before. Local girl Andrea Bate will be watched with interest.


Favourite for 1000cc Superbike honours must be Clint Seller (Kawasaki) who won both races at Kyalami. Chris Leeson (BMW) can’t be discounted and neither can Witbank’s Nicolas Grobler on his Kawasaki. Allan-Jon Venter replaces Robert Portman who was injured at Kyalami in the Yamaha team and will start as one of the favourites as team mate Dylan Whyte finds his feet in the class.

After winning both the Kyalami races, Cam Petersen (Agusta) should be the victory favourite in the 600 Supersport category. His closest challengers should be local ace Lance Isaacs (Kawasaki), Brent Harran (Agusta), Dean Vos (Yamaha) and Nicholas Kershaw (Kawasaki) with Nicole van Aswegen (Triumph) wanting to improve on her seventh overall at Kyalami.