2013 SOUTH AFRICAN MOTORCYCLE CHAMPIONSHIP VISITS WESTERN CAPE
The Western Cape Killarney circuit will host rounds three and four of this year’s South African Motorcycle Racing championship next Saturday (March 16).
The season kicked off at Kyalami three weekends ago.
Judging by the action there, the Capetonian crowd can look forward to brilliant spectacle in both the classes for Unlimited Superbikes and 600 Supersport machines.
The Unlimited class should see three riders locked in battle for victory.
Clinton Seller (Portable Shade Kawasaki ZX10) won both of the day’s races at Kyalami, but he was closely challenged by Chris Leeson (Motorrad BMW S1000RR) and Nicolas Grobler (Pta North Toyota Kawasaki).
In Kyalami’s final race, the three riders were covered by four-tenths of a second across the finish line, and equally close competition should be the order of the day at Killarney.
Youngster Dylan White will lead the works Yamaha team on an Emtek R1 model.
Sidelined by electronic maladies in the Kyalami races, White equaled the front three for pace in practice sessions, and he could mount the podium at Killarney.
Chasing the top four should be Ryan Ottens (Motorrad BMW), Clinton Pienaar (Superbike Magazine BMW), Stephen Steenkamp (Pta North Toyota Kawasaki) and Ivan van Niekerk (Recon Engineering BMW).
The midfield battle should see riders like Heinrich Rheeder (BMW), Ryan van Aswegen (Gem Auto Kawasaki), Colin Lehman (Storm Kawasaki) and Chris du Preez (2 Wheel Technologies Kawasaki) swapping places.
After winning both the Kyalami races, Cam Petersen (Portable Shade MV Agusta) should be the victory favourite in the 600 Supersport category.
His closest challengers could be Capetonian hero Lance Isaacs (Pta North Toyota Kawasaki ZX6R), Brent Harran (Portable Shade MV Agusta), Dean Vos (Emtek Yamaha R6), Nicholas Kershaw (Kawasaki) and Gareth Davidson (TK Imports Kawasaki).
Others to watch should include Nicole van Aswegen (Gem Auto Triumph) and Brandon Goode (Kawasaki).
The fields in both categories should be swelled by Capetonian entries, who grab this opportunity to tackle a national championship event.
Both categories race on Pirelli rubber, with each rider allowed two sets of tyres for the weekend.
Unlimited class riders can start each of Saturday’s races with a new rear tyre, while the 600cc brigade are forced to tackle Saturday morning’s official qualifying session, plus both races on one set of rubber.
“Killarney is a tricky place for chassis setup, with its long back straight and twisty infield always making it a compromise,” says Pirelli’s Wayne Doran.
“Ambient temperature changes could also affect tyre wear, especially in the case of the 600cc machines, who have to make careful decisions during Friday’s practice sessions.”
“It all adds to the challenge, which makes national championship racing a real team sport,” Doran added.