V8 Masters Series

Photo by Tony Alves (Paolo Cavalieri on his way to a double-win at Kyalami)The ideal motorsport racing series for the gentleman racer. This 1-make series is based in the Western Cape with 2 'away' races per season. With the iconic Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit revamp complete, the series made its way up to Gauteng for the re-opening fro the Kyalami Motorsport Festival from 22nd - 23rd October 2016.

Longtime Evolution 2 Motorsport customer, Paolo Cavalieri, joined the series by recently acquiring Eddie Keizan's #64 Tiger Wheel & Tyre V8 Masters Car. The cars are all prepared at a single workshop which is based at their Killarney workshop. Paolo was granted permission by the series organizers for his #64 steed to be transported up to Johannesburg earlier so that the Evolution 2 Motorsport team could do basic race preparation for his 'home' race (being Gauteng-based). Part of the agreement was that the Evolution 2 team would assist the V8 Masters Series staff by helping out with track-day support for 4 other race cars.

It was an action-packed (long) weekend for the team, starting with assisting Richard and his team from the WPMC on Thursday afternoon until Sunday evening, but well worth it as Paolo claimed 2 wins over the weekend (his first in this series) winning overall.

Alec, Wade, Gavin and Jesse enjoyed being apart of the V8 Masters Series - special thanks to Richard, Darryl, Pierre, Kyle and all the drivers for a memorable weekend at the official re-opening of Kyalami Race Track (view some of the pictures on our Facebook Page).

About the Series:

The V8 Masters Series came to fruition after the renowned local race car engineer and constructor Owen Ashley died of cancer in 2010 when part way through the construction of the Ford Mustang lookalike cars. Charles Arton, Marcel Angel and Tim Reddell were customers already committed to the project and acquired the assets and established the V8 Masters Drivers Association to oversee completion of the remaining cars and create a racing series. A permanent base with a fully-equipped workshop for all of the cars was set up at Killarney Raceway, manned by a team of technicians and mechanics under the control of experienced race driver Richard Quixley, who are employed full time to handle all preparation and maintenance.

Photo by Tony Alves The cars are colourful, noisy, powerful, challenging to drive and because of their identical specification, provide close racing at every meeting – it is the Blue Riband event of the Western Province regional race calendar.

The racing that takes place is a particular crowd favourite and as more high-profile drivers are attracted to the series, the V8 Masters is destined for an ever-brightening future. It is an ideal category for business sponsorship as it has wide-ranging appeal – from the successful business people who take part to the motor sport enthusiasts who line the track to cheer on their favourites and revel in some big-name drivers demonstrating highly competitive and skillful car control. It is without doubt one of most cost-effective racing formulae currently available under the auspices of governing body Motorsport South Africa. V8 Masters is a match racing series in which all participants drive identical cars, each dyno-tuned to the same power output and all running on the same tyres. Each driver must be over 40 years of age and be a member of the V8 Masters Drivers Association. Each member pays a monthly subscription that pays the salaries of the six full-time staff members of the association as well as the fully-equipped workshop and storage facilities.

About the Cars:

#1 - Wade shares a moment with EarlThe V8 Masters cars were designed, developed and built in Cape Town by Owen Ashley and feature a spaceframe chassis and glass fibre bodywork. Designated APV347is (Ashley Performance Vehicle), all of the cars are prepared and maintained at the V8 Masters Series workshop by Richard Quixley and senior mechanics Darryl Bachmann, Kevin Howes and Pierre du Bois.

Powering the cars is a 5686cm3 Ford Racing V8 delivering 325kW at the wheels and 600 N.m of torque, mated with a Tremec five-speed close-ratio manual gearbox and driving the rear wheels via a Mustang 8¾-inch limited-slip differential. Front suspension is by double wishbones and the live rear axle is located by an F1-style pushrod/rocker system. Ventilated disc brakes with four-pot calipers are used front and rear. Hoosier tyres – dry compound – are standard and fitted to 16×10-inch rims at the front, 16×11-inch at the rear. All of the cars are equipped with full GPS data logging monitoring items including speed, engine revs, throttle angle, oil pressure, fuel pressure, coolant temperature, lap sector times and lines through corners.

Some 24 complete cars have been built along with a number of spare chassis. The cars have proven to be extremely reliable, safe and strong. Inevitably, accidents occur in motor racing and a number of the cars have been involved in collisions, but almost without exception have withstood even the most severe impacts and been repairable. No driver has been seriously injured in any accident in the history of the series.

[Released on www.v8masters.co.za]

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