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Pro Tour National Motoracing – Killarney

11 May 2011 No Comment

With the Cape’s only round of the national Pro-Tour series due to take at Killarney on May 14, people are asking what it’s all about and what status does it have.
The simplest explanation is that the Pro Tour is a second tier national championship, marginally below the WesBank Super Series, in much the same way as Western Province is part of the Currie Cup competition while the Stormers contest the southern hemispheres Super 15. …The major difference is that while the rugby teams all play the same oval ball game, the competitors in the Pro Tour are involved in different forms of motor racing to those in the WesBank Series.

When: 14 May 2011
Where: Killarney
From: Gates open at 6.30am – 5:30pm
Entrance: R50pp, U16 R20, U12 FREE.

 

Not that this makes the contests any less interesting. On the contrary, with many of the marques, like the legendary Ferrari sports cars in the Altech GT Challenge events, only seen in these parts (in a competitive guise), during the Pro Tour, it adds more needle to the events.
But while competitive, the Maranello products are often outnumbered and outgunned by a variety of Porsches led by the incomparable Toby Venter in his incredibly quick GT2-R. Back in action after a one year sabbatical, Venter was as clinical as ever while on his way to winning the Unlimited class in both Altech GT races during the first round at Zwartkops near Pretoria, when he finished marginally ahead of Vernon Bricknell’s 993 GT-2.
Other exotic Unlimited class entries in the Cape are going to include Charl Joubert in his Lotus Exige turbo and local man Shureez Brenner, whose Porsche GT2-RS was first across the line in one of the events at Killarney last month month. Then although not yet confirmed, Wally Dolinschek is also a likely entry in his new GT3 Cup projectile.


The Ferraris in classes GTC 1 and GTC 2, are all 360 or the later F430 model with its 483 bhp power output. Both are fitted with V8 engines of 3.6 and 4.3 litres respectively, that have replaced the Dino derived V12’s of yesteryear. While the streamlining and drag coefficient of the F430’s revised body styling is no better than that of earlier models, the additional downforce greatly enhances its roadholding capability.


Then there’s the equally fast Shelby Can-Am Series that features centrally controlled sports cars with no hint of any passenger accommodation. Fitted with 3.5 litre V6 Nissan engines, the urge is transmitted to the wheels by way of a unique Weisman transaxle. What I can’t quite understand though is why an impressive one make South African formula should be named after a Texan whose main claim to fame – apart from his “good ole boy’ demeanor and farmers overalls — was his conversion of the sedate British AC Ace to American V8 brute force and then renaming it the Shelby Cobra.


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