Vodacom Roadshow national meeting at Killarney preview

Castrol Toyota Team Back for Killarney Event Two Killarney favourites will be looking to move up championship ladders at the Vodacom Roadshow national meeting at Killarney on May 26. Home town boys Steve Wyndham and Greg Dreyer will be in...

Castrol Toyota Team Back for Killarney Event

Two Killarney favourites will be looking to move up championship ladders at the Vodacom Roadshow national meeting at Killarney on May 26.

Home town boys Steve Wyndham and Greg Dreyer will be in action in the Midas Production Car Championship and the Dark Dog Superbike Championship, with plenty at stake for the two Capetonians. The Castrol Toyota squad will also be back in action for rounds seven and eight of the Midas series.

The rest of the programme is bolstered by regional events. With 14 events on the cards Western Cape enthusiasts are in for what should be a highly interesting day of racing.

The Castrol Toyota return to action follows their controversial withdrawal from Class B at the AA Kyalami outing on May 5. Charl Wilken and Mark Cronje, in the Team Castrol Toyota Corolla RSi entries, were withdrawn after a disagreement over the use of 'control' brake pads in the Midas Production Car Championship.

Toyota will be racing under appeal -- after protesting against a decision by the clerk of the course to relegate them to the back of the grid after the AA Kyalami qualifying

session -- and have some ground to make up in Cape Town. Toyota arch rivals, the AMG Honda squad, took the opportunity to move ahead in the Class B championship with Gavin Cronje, Curt Alchin and Clint Weston filling the first three places in the championship.

Reigning Class A champion Regardt Roets (Kaye Eddie BMW) also needs to make up some ground at Killarney. A brace of wins at AA Kyalami took Shaun van der Linde (Van Der Linde Racing BMW) to the top of the championship, but local fans will have their money on Wyndham in the Ford Credit Fairmont.

A great deal of development work has gone into the Ford Fairmont, with Wyndham about due to break the BMW monopoly in Class A. Wyndham would love nothing more than to come up with the goods in front of his home fans.

The racing in the other classes should be just as competitive with Doug Reekie (Class C), Stephen Taylor (Class D) and Cor Kraamwinkel (Class E), all under pressure. Wyndham will also have a big interest in Class D where another Capetonian, promising teenager Etienne du Toit and Pretoria based Fanie de Bruyn, out in Steve Wyndham Motorsport Ford Fiestas, will be looking to upset Opel pair Taylor and Leeroy Poulter.

On the Dark Dog front local hero Dreyer (Autopage Cellular Honda) will be looking to close the gap on early championship leader Russell Wood on the Vodacom Nashua Yamaha. The always spectacular Dreyer lies second in the championship, but trails Wood by 17 points and in front of the Killarney faithful will have his sights set on two wins.

With reigning champion Stewart Macleod likely to be out of action for most of the season after breaking his left leg and ankle in an accident at AA Kyalami, multiple champion Wood has an early grip on the Dark Dog championship. Dreyer and team-mate Robbie Petersen will want to peg back Wood who, has support in the Vodacom Nashua Yamaha Racing Team from another local lad in Lance Isaacs, and Arushan Moodley.

Isaacs will be having his first outing in front of his home crowd after two years on the World Superbike Championship circuit. It goes without saying that he will want to impress local fans, and Isaacs is among a string of riders who are all potential winners.

Also among the potential winners is Trevor Crookes, on the Dark Dog Ducati, who picked up a pair of podium finishes at AA Kyalami. The Dark Dog series is perhaps the most competitive championship in South African circuit racing, and Killarney is the sort of circuit that always brings the best out of riders.

Gate entry at Killarney is R30 per adult and R10 for scholars with children under 10 free, with the new grandstands at Engen corner proving to be a popular spot for action. Racing is scheduled to start at 11h00.

Qualifying will be run on May 25 with a token R5 entry fee.

-Vodacom-

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Series Other bike , Road racing
Drivers Gavin Cronje , Leeroy Poulter