Cape Town – The fifth round of the RST/Suzuki South regional motorcycle series, this Saturday at Killarney, is likely to be a cracker, even if it rains.
Make that especially if it rains. Rain on a racing circuit is in many cases a great leveller, counteracting the advantage of the more powerful, faster motorcycles and allowing riders on less powerful machines to compete on somewhat more equal terms.
Not that it’s likely to make much of a difference to the two riders who have made the series their own this year. Both defending champion David McFadden (RPM/Stunt SA ZX-10R) and 2016 champion Brandon Haupt on the Fuelled Racing R1 are accomplished rain-masters, and they’ll be fighting it out for line honours in what has become the tightest needle match since the early-1990s duel between Adrian Roux and Donald Craig.
After four of nine rounds in the 2018 championship, they are separated by just three points, with McFadden on 90 to Haupt’s 87.