Killarney Extreme Festival

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Off-track activity at Killarney on Saturday is goin
g to include a Radio KFM organised
bring & braai
during their “live” broadcast of the meeting, in c
elebration of our
national Braai Day. Incidentally, the fires are als
o “live” and all the consumers have
to do is supply the meat.
Meanwhile, above everyone’s heads the SAAF’s renown
ed Silver Falcons will enact
a spectacular aerobatic display in their turboprop
Pilatus Mk-2 stunt planes. This one
is expected to last about 25 minutes during the lun
ch break.
But while Killarney is focused on family entertainm
ent in addition to its motor racing
activity, the kiddies may be the biggest beneficiar
ies, with the area adjacent to the
clubhouse and restaurant becoming a virtual Disneyl
and. Here, the already well
established Kiddies Corner offers jungle gyms, jump
ing castles, sand pits and
trampolines. There will also be face painting, with
all the activity in the care of
experienced child minders.
And that’s not all. On Saturday, Formula 1 racing s
imulators are going to allow the
“kortbroeke” to become instant Grand Prix drivers o
n the world’s most famous
circuits. The youngest can also race pedal go-karts
, while there will be engine
powered go-karts (on the kart race track), for thei
r slightly older counterparts. There
is even a big air jump.
What more could any youngster want?
Multiple former South African champion Johan Fourie
, is going to be among those
representing the Western Cape in different events,
during the national Extreme
Festival meeting at Killarney on Saturday.
A dual winner of the South African Drivers Champion
ship, Fourie was in action in
Port Elizabeth earlier this month, where he notched
up two second place finishes in
the Sasol Global Touring Car (GTC), events there. H
owever, in a car that was
obviously not at its best, he was forced to retire
from the third. He will now be back at
Killarney for the first time since 2014, at the whe
el of an EPS Courier Services BMW-
The technically evenly matched GTC cars are rear wh
eel drive models, that at this
stage also include a selection of Audi A3’s, and VW
Jettas. All of them are powered
by 2-litre turbocharged engines producing 325kW of
power and 600 Nm of torque.
However, the banning of artificial aids like ABS br
aking and traction control is going
to place even more significance on the ability of t
he men behind the wheel.
Other GTC drivers include the impressive Michael St
ephen who won the opening
rounds at Zwartkops and Port Elizabeth in his Engen
Audi A3, as well as former
Production Car Champion Hennie Groenewald and Genna
ro Bonafede in similar
Sasol BMW-M2’s. The VW Jettas are in the hands of G
raeme Nathan and Matthew
There are also supporting events that will be run i
n conjunction with the GTC, for
front wheel drive Production Cars.
The balance of the mouth-watering programme is not
short of variety and includes
championship shootouts for G&H Extreme Supercars. I
n this one, Dawie Joubert’s
extremely rapid Lotus Exige is quite likely to be c
hallenged by entries that include six
Ferrari F-430 and F-360 sports cars, two Lamborghin
i Gallardos, a Mercedes V8
from the German Touring Car Championship and an arm
oured brigade of Porsches.
Other categories include races for Investchem Formu
la 1600’s, Hankook Formula
Vee single seaters, Consol VW Challenge and the Eng
en Volkswagen Cup. There
are also motorcycle events for Dunlop Thunderbikes
and the Red Square Kawasaki
ZX 10R Masters.
Off the track, spectators are welcome at the KFM Ra
dio national Braai Day
promotion, while there will also be kart racing for
the kiddies, and a host of other
family entertainment.
And if that’s not enough, the first ever appearance
of the SAAF Silver Falcons flying
stunt team at an event of this nature, promises to
add to the spectacle. The five
sleek turboprop Pilatus PC7 Mk-2’s, are due to part
icipate in a synchronised
aerobatic display above the track, for some 25 minu
tes during the lunch break.
The first of the 18 races is due off at 09.55. Admi
ssion is R90 for adults and R40 for
scholars under 16. There is no charge for kiddies u
nder 12.

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