Passion for speed kickstarts race calender

Craig Jarvis Maui Motorhomes Ginetta G57 will be the car to beat in the Sports and GT categories.

The aptly named Passion for Speed on Saturday February 8, the first event on the Killarney International Raceway calendar, kickstarts the motorsport season with a mix of historic and modern racing to get every petrolhead’s adrenaline pumping.

Headlining the programme will be the thundering Pre66/68 Sports and GT and Sports cars, beautiful big-engined beasts from the golden age of endurance racing bearing names such as McLaren, Lola and Porsche.

With entries from all over South Africa and beyond, this is international historic racing at its best.

Even more prestigious, if a little less spectacular, are Pre-65 Formula 1 racers of the international FIA Historic Grand Prix Association and the Pre-74 Historic Single Seaters, offering a fascinating glimpse of what world-class motorsport was like when Killarney International Raceway was built specifically to host the first ever Cape Grand Prix in December 1960.

Then we come bang up to date with the regional Sports and GT Cars races, featuring the ongoing David-and-Goliath rivalry between the V8 Chev-engined Maui Motorhomes Ginetta G57 and Dawie Joubert’s astonishingly agile 2.5-litre Lotus Exige.

They’ll be competing against the cream of GT3 “gentleman racers” and sports cars from all over South Africa and beyond – expect fireworks.

There will also be races for the MillStock Cars Classic Cars and BEJO Trustees Fine Cars, and not one but two motorcycle categories – the closely contested RST Trac Mac Powersports and the RST Trac Mac Classic, Clubman and Breakfast Run classes.

Of special interest at this event is the traditional Fan Walk during the lunch break, when spectators are invited down onto the circuit to meet the drivers and get an up-close look at some of the international entries, cars that are rarely seen in South Africa.

Gates open at 7am, and racing begins at 9.30am.

Book at Computicket or pay at the gate.

Tickets cost R90 for adults, R40 for pupils under 16 and children under 12 enter free.