It was a day of first at the Vodacom Roadshow meeting at a wet and cold Killarney on Saturday. Veteran Soweto driver Philip Kekana scored his first ever Midas Production Car Championship victory, and there was also a first career win for ...
It was a day of first at the Vodacom Roadshow meeting at a wet and cold Killarney on Saturday.
Veteran Soweto driver Philip Kekana scored his first ever Midas Production Car Championship victory, and there was also a first career win for young Cape Town star Lance Isaacs in the Dark Dog Superbike Championship. It was a also a good day for another Cape Town rider, Greg Dreyer, who also picked up a Dark Dog race victory.
The Dark Dog brigade provided the highlights of the day, although it was not a good outing for Russell Wood, on the Vodacom Nashua Yamaha, who led the championship going into the Cape event. A fuel problem put Wood out of the running in race one, and Dreyer (Autopage Cellular Honda) kept the home fans happy with a closely fought win over Isaacs, on a second Vodacom Nashua Yamaha, and Trevor Crookes on the Dark Dog Ducati.
A magnificent second heat produced plenty of drama with Isaacs, fresh from a two-year stint in the World Superbike Championship where he had Vodacom backing, and Vodacom Nashua Yamaha team-mate Arushen Moodley stealing a march on the rest of the field on the last lap. In a desperate dash for the line Isaacs held off Moodley in photo finish with Dreyer third, Wood fourth and Crookes fifth.
After nearly 10 years on the circuit Kekana, in the Sasol Dual Fuel Toyota Tazz, had his moment of glory in race one in Class D of the Midas Production Car series. He took advantage of a coming together between Opel team-mates Stephen Taylor and Leeroy Poulter to grab his first ever race win.
Kekana also finished up on the podium in heat two, coming home behind Taylor and Poulter. The Soweto driver took the overall Class D honours -- for the first time in his career.
There were double wins for Shaun van der Linde (BMW) in Class A and Cor Kraamwinkel (Opel) in Class E with Team Castrol Toyota Corolla driver Charl Willken jumping back into championship contention in Class B. After Toyota withdrew from the previous round of the series because of a dispute over 'control' brake pads, Wilken scored a win and a second to move into third place in the championship.
Wilken shared race wins with AMG Honda Ballade driver Curt Alchin who leads the Class B standings after finishing third in the opening race. Mark Cronje, in a second Team Castrol Toyota, was second in heat one but a heat two coming together on the last lap with brother Gavin (AMG Honda Ballade), put both brothers out of the running.
The next round of the Midas Production Car Championship and the Dark Dog Championship will be in East London on June 23.