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WPMC Advanced Riding School Dates

WPMC Advanced Riding School Dates

Saturday Riding School dates 2018

17   March       (morning)

28   April          (morning)

23   June         (afternoon)

28   July           (afternoon)

11   August       (afternoon)

6    October      (afternoon)

10  November   (morning)

8    December   (afternoon)

Mid-week track days 2018

30   May           (9:00 – 1300)
19   Sep           (9:00 – 13:00)

For morning sessions the registration starts at 08:00 – 08:30

No entries will be accepted after 08:30

School starts at 09:00 – 14:00

For afternoon sessions the registration starts at 12:00 – 13:30

No entries will be accepted after 13:30

School starts at 13:30 – 18:00

NO Race bikes or noisy exhausts allowed.
Current Motorcycle race license holders are not permitted to participate.
Please wear quality protective gear for your own protection

Riders will be required to show a valid drivers licence at registration.

Cost:
R500.00 per rider

WPMC Motorcycle Advanced Riding SchoolDavid Bolding 0832553484
*Please note although we try our best to keep this updated as much as possible this might change without prior notice

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Next Race and Related Info

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NOISE TESTING FOR ALL COMPETITORS:

All competitors, please note that all motorcycles need to comply to with the Killarney noise limits which is a maximum of 108 dbA’s at 0,5m. Testing is performed according to the procedures contained in the MSA Environmental Code. Appendix 1. The WPMC Sporting committee requires all motorcycles to be tested before being permitted to race.

 

 

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2018 Killarney Calendar

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March

  • 10 Power Series Round 2
  • 17 Track School (Morning)
  • 24 Super GP Round 3

April

  • 21 Extreme Festival Round 5
  • 28 Track School (Morning)

May

  • 19 Power Series Round 3

June

  • 9   Power Series Round 4
  • 23 Track School (Afternoon)

July

  • 14 Power Series Round 5
  • 28 Track School (Afternoon)

August

  • 9   Power Series Round 6
  • 11 Track School (Afternoon)

September

  • 1   Power Series Round 7
  • 22 Extreme Festival Round 7

October

  • 6   Track School (Afternoon)
  • 20 Power Series Round 8

November

  • 4   Killarney Motor Show
  • 10 Track School (Morning)
  • 24 WRX
  • 25 WRX

December

  • 1   Int – SA Historic GP
  • 8   Track School (Afternoon)
  • 15  8 Hour Endurance Short Circuit

Calendar

2018 Killarney Calendar

subject to change without prior notice

For more information please contact the office: 021 557 1639

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March

  • 10 Power Series Round 2
  • 17 Track School (Morning)
  • 24 Super GP Round 3

April

  • 21 Extreme Festival Round 5
  • 28 Track School (Morning)

May

  • 19 Power Series Round 3

June

  • 9   Power Series Round 4
  • 23 Track School (Afternoon)

July

  • 14 Power Series Round 5
  • 28 Track School (Afternoon)

August

  • 9   Power Series Round 6
  • 11 Track School (Afternoon)

September

  • 1   Power Series Round 7
  • 22 Extreme Festival Round 7

October

  • 6   Track School (Afternoon)
  • 20 Power Series Round 8

November

  • 4   Killarney Motor Show
  • 10 Track School (Morning)
  • 24 WRX
  • 25 WRX

December

  • 1   Int – SA Historic GP
  • 8   Track School (Afternoon)
  • 15  8 Hour Endurance Short Circuit

 

International Racing News

Marquez ‘in no rush’ to make 2019 contract decision

Marquez discusses animal husbandry with new team boss Alberto Puig

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez is ‘in no rush’ to make a decision over his 2019-2020 contract but says staying at Honda is his priority.

The little Spaniard has been with HRC for his entire MotoGP career and it would be a brave man to bet against him remaining for another two years even though a Red Bull-backed, big money move to KTM has been the subject of much speculation over the past six months.

“I will always look for the best sporting option for me and I’ve always said Honda will be the first I listen to and they always have priority. That’s what my body and heart asks for, they’re the ones who gave me the opportunity,” said Marquez.

“But you always need to know how to listen to and pay attention to other factories. With Honda we have spoken, talking about a few things, at the moment there is no rush but if it comes up we will see.”

Kawasaki chief makes clear his opposition to new WorldSBK rules

Picture: GeeBee Images

Yoshimoto Matsuda, the driving force behind Kawasaki’s WorldSBK effort, made his opinions clear about the new maximum engine rev regulations in WorldSBK at the official KRT squad’s recent launch in Spain.

Kawasaki has evidently been in opposition to the new rules, but mostly in the background until now. In Barcelona the opposition was verbalised and explained. Kawasaki’s Ninja ZX-10RR has fewer revs to play with at the very top end than any other manufacturer of 1000cc four-cylinder machinery at the start of the 2018 season. According to Matsuda-san, “This is a racing rule, I do not say regulation – it is a racing rule – to level up all manufacturers who take part in WorldSBK.”

He explained his opinion more fully. “Dorna has set an engine speed regulation. All four-cylinder bikes must be less than 14,700 – except Kawasaki – which is 14,100. That is 600 rpm less. This means we have a great handicap, because we have already understood that engine speed is key for a four-cylinder engine. And also there can be a 250rpm reduction after each three rounds. We must accept this. Our bike is now 1100 rpm slower than 2017, and in this condition we must work.”

Kawasaki has already tested their 14,100rpm engine, to great effect, but that is not where the story ends – potentially – according to the new rulebook.

Says Matsuda-san, “We have to prepare for another 250 rpm reduction. Reading the regulations we can have, over 12 races, a reduction of 750 rpm.” (That would come about if Kawasaki scores too many balancing points compared to their opponents, with calculations done after three rounds of the championship, then another three, and so on).

There is even a section in the new rules that states that the organisers can introduce rev drops, even of the ultimate performance on track does not trigger the new balancing rules. “That is not all,” said Matsuda-san, about what has been dubbed by the media as the ‘God Rule’. “If this team is becoming a victory team, Dorna can decide everything. This is a sports rule, a handicap rule. I do not think that we reduce; we must struggle to fight. Some other team may have to reduce, but I do not know, this is a Dorna decision.”
As it stands, however, Matsuda-san seemed keen to remind everybody that he feels Kawasaki has already taken a ‘hit’ before the season has even started. “When the ZX-10RR has the lowest rpm, then we are being challenged to be successful.”

Matsuda-san is obviously pleased with the winter test results of the lower revving, more torque based engine, but confirmed that they have not tested an engine below the current 14,100 rpm limit they start with in 2018. But they have geared for it, inside the engine cases, to an extent. “We have not tested one or two steps lower. Maybe we accept this first step reduction, so with this condition we have already calculated the gear number for all the race balances. Our rider is so fast, our team is so fast, and our machine is fast, so maybe we must accept a one step reduction, sooner or later. From the beginning the calculation was with this reduction.”

Discussions between Dorna, the FIM and the MSMA appear to be almost incessant, especially as there have been so many regulation and tech changes in the past few years, but Kawasaki is clearly frustrated by the latest developments in the rulebook. “Honestly we are so tired to speak about this with Dorna. But Dorna has adopted the rule, we cannot stop the rule, we cannot change. As an engineering company our goal is to overcome limitations constantly. We are engineers so we must find a solution.”

That has been achieved in the main ways, said Matsuda. “We have changed the concept of the bike from a (high) rev speed cornering machine to a torque based cornering machine. So a much lower engine speed for finding performance.”

When asked why Kawasaki had agreed with the new rev rule changes, during the negotiating process between MSMA, FIM and Dorna, Matsuda-san said that ‘agreed’ was the wrong word. “No, I accepted the rules. But just accept – that is all – because this is the rule. And we accepted because this is the rule.”

There was always the possibility that Kawasaki would simply stop racing in WorldSBK, but that is not an option for Matsuda-san.

“This is one solution, but I do not want to choose that solution,” he affirmed. “I want to stay here. Still we have a possibility. This rule is a little bit too much of a handicap for Kawasaki so if we still win, it sounds nice. We must show our solution.”

 

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Free Practice Days and Times

Please confirm availability and times with the office because corporate bookings take preference : 021 557 1639

Circuit Hire 2018

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Main Circuit Testing Rules 2018

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Practice sessions are as follows:

  • Tuesday       from 4.30 pm till 6 pm – Bikes and Cars alternating every 15 min. (Power Sport A & B Bikes)
  • Wednesday from 4.30 pm till 6 pm – Bikes and Cars alternating every 15 min. (Super Bikes, Clubmans & Classic Bikes)
  • Thursday from 4.30 pm till 6 pm – Bikes and Cars alternating every 15 min. (Super Bikes, Clubmans & Classic Bikes)

WPMC Testing Session Policy

In order to make the circuit more available to members and private track hire clients, the
following amendment to the Policy on Testing Sessions has been approved by the
MANCOM and SPORTCOM of the WPMC and is effective from 16 January 2018
1. INTRODUCTION:
a. The Testing Sessions are afforded to members of the WPMC that compete in
Power Series events. Test Sessions are for testing purposes, running in of
engines and bedding in of brakes, etc.
b. All are reminded that there is no medical support on site for these sessions and
no manned marshalling posts, therefore please drive/ride accordingly.
TESTING TIMES AND FEES(Note; Corporate clients would still need to take preference if
so required in order to secure their bookings and so these sessions could be cancelled)
Cost will be R50 per day for all sessions.
Pay at the WPMC admin office and get an appropriate sticker (with the date listed).

Race Classes 2018

In the Western Cape, we currently run formats that will suit riders of all abilities. The current race classes are listed below, but it is important to know which classes race together, so read carefully:

2018 Race Classes

·Superbikes:

This is a Regional class, and these guys are seriously fast and competitive, and a number of national riders take part in our Regional Championship. The Superbike class consists of 3 sub classes

  • Class A: 1min 14.999 seconds and faster
  • Class B: 1min 15.000 seconds to 1min 19.999 seconds
  • Class X: Riders ineligible for Championship points
  • (Black number on white background)

These classes are currently time based classes, meaning that a rider’s best lap time determines which class he/she participates in. This format allows Superbike riders of different abilities to compete in the same race.

·600cc Supersport:

This is a Regional class for 600cc bikes, but these bikes are all national spec machines. They are limited to modifications stipulated in the national rules.

(Black number on white background)

·Powersport:

This is a Club class and is divided into 3 sub classes

  • Class A: Twin cylinder, four stroke 650cc road based production motorcycles. (Suzuki SV, Kawasaki ER6, Hyosung GT)
  • Class B: Kawasaki Ninja 300 (EX300ADF) Yamaha YZF-R3 KTM RC390
  • Class X: Existing 650’s that do not conform to the 2017 rules will be able to race in Class X for one race day before converting the bikes to the 2017 rules. This class will also be available to Honda CBR500 motorcycles in order to determine which class will be most suitable for these bikes. Please note that this is a non points scoring class.
  • PSP A : (Black number on yellow background)
  • PSP B : (Black number on white background)

This format represents a cost effective way of racing

·Classic Superbikes:

This is a Club class for older model bikes, and although the rules make provision for 3 sub classes

  • Classic Bikes
  • Vintage Superbikes
  • New Era bikes
  • (Black number on white background)

All 3 of these sub classes have combined to form the Classic Superbike class. This means that the results are NOT split into the 3 sub classes.

·Clubman’s Motorcycles:

This is a Club class and is an entry level class for riders on newer bikes, that are not Powersport or Classic Superbike machines, and who do not lap quick enough to allow them to participate in the Superbike classes. This is effectively a feeder class for riders wishing to upgrade to the Superbike classes at a later stage, once their lap times are quick enough. This class runs in the same race as Powersport and Classic Superbikes.

  • Clubmans A: 1 min 19.000 seconds to 1 min 21.999 seconds
  • Clubmans B: 1 min 22.000 seconds and slower
  • Class X       : Riders ineligible for Championship points
  • (Black number on white background)

Rules for these classes available here

 

Contact Details

To inquire about anything related to motorcycle racing on the main circuit at Killarney, please contact the relevant member of the WPMC Motorcycle Section:

  • Chairman –
  • Wayne Arendse 071 866 8399  wayne@wpmcmotorcyles.co.za
  • Vice Chairman / Riders Representative 
  • Lance Jonas 079 8819539
  • Treasurer
  • Lorraine Williams 084 558 6520    lorwil13@gmail.com
  • Riders Representative / Sponsor Liaison 
  •  Dave Enticott 072 611 2327 dave@motorwisecpt.co.za
  • Motorsport SA Representative
  • Wayne Arendse 071 866 8399  wayne@wpmcmotorcyles.co.za
  • Secretary
  • Johan Vosloo   jmvosloo@distell.co.za
  • Webmaster
  • Kevin Spratley k.spratley@hotmail.com

Other Contacts

  • Western Province Motor Club (WPMC)        Tel: +27 21 557 1639
  • Motorsport South Africa (MSA) National       Tel: 086 167 2672
  • Motorsport South Africa (MSA) Cape Town Tel: +27 21 5561026

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