Series delivers drama on wet Killarney race track

Slade van Niekerk was again in a dominant position in Killarney at the weekend, holding off competition from Jason Linaker and Edward Rolstone during the Power series.

Green come off the line like a man on a mission in Race 3, leading Van Niekerk and Parker on the opening lap. After that Van Niekerk dropped back but Parker wasn’t about to give the race to the giant-killing Golf without a fight.

He chased Green all the way to the line, showing him a wheel at least once a lap, and actually led the penultimate lap only to be mugged on the final tour, finishing just 0.420 seconds adrift after a thriller of a race.

It was a measure of how wet the circuit was that the top three Powersport 300 riders qualified ahead of the quickest of the Powersport 650s, as Slade van Niekerk (Prestige/GT Graphics R3), Jason Linaker (RST/Samurai Ninja 300) and David Lindemann (Fueled Racing/GM Contractors R3) annexed the front row of the grid.

And that’s where the excitement was in race 1 too, as Van Niekerk and Lindemann got into a race-long superb battle for the lead, never more than a bike length apart.

In the end, however, Van Niekerk was able to hold the Fueled Racing rider off, coming home less than half a second ahead, with Linaker third on the first of the bigger, more powerful machines.

Superbike star Trevor Westman was able to use the power of the Rockstar/AWR ER650 to good effect on a drying track in race 2, pulling out a commanding lead and finishing 22 seconds ahead of the field.

The circuit was almost completely dry for race 3, delivering a more conventional finishing order with the 650s of Westman, Franco Flach (Kawasaki ER650) and Andrew Thompson finishing in that order after Flach, who was fifth on lap one, mounted an impressive mid-race charge.