Formula Ford Champion Robert Wolk (AfintaPart Mygale) clinched his second successive title with a dominant display in round eight of the Vodacom Power Tour at Kyalami in Midrand today. Wolk effectively won the title before the race meeting even...
Formula Ford Champion Robert Wolk (AfintaPart Mygale) clinched his second successive title with a dominant display in round eight of the Vodacom Power Tour at Kyalami in Midrand today.
Wolk effectively won the title before the race meeting even began, when closest challenger David Veringa did not take to the track. There was no stopping Wolk on the circuit, however, as he qualified his car in pole position and then drove to victory in both races.
The 20-year old was made to work a little harder than usual in the first race. He led off the line, but Brett Maybery (Playstation2 Van Diemen) passed him into the Bowl on the first lap, only to get sideways on the exit. He held up Wolk in the process, which saw Donovan Howard (Associated Auto / Wap Alto Mygale) emerge in the lead.
Howard, who qualified second fastest, managed to hold Wolk at bay for three laps before the reigning champion found his way past. Fourth-placed qualifier Maybery, who set the fastest lap time of the race, also passed Howard for second late in the race and, while both kept Wolk under pressure, they never found themselves close enough to challenge for the lead. Just 1.4 sec separated the trio at the flag.
Sixteen-year old Jayde Kruger (Wap Alto Mygale) was never far behind in fourth after starting from third on the grid, while Marc Murray (Max Rotax Van Diemen) enjoyed another good, albeit lonely, race to finish fifth.
Marco dos Santos (Van Diemen), making one of his rare appearances in the category, came home sixth from tenth on the grid. He was just 0,5 sec ahead of Ford development driver Jennifer Murray (Ford Racing / Ford Credit Van Diemen) after a tough battle throughout the race. Armani Jamrozinski (Diesel / Pilot Freight Van Diemen) was a further second back in eighth.
Howard also led the early stages of race two, before Wolk moved into a lead he extended comfortably to win by almost 4 seconds. Howard remained in second until lap 8 of the 9-lap event when Kruger found a way past. The latter undid all his good work on the final lap though, spinning at the Bowl and dropping to sixth place.
His wins provided Wolk with his ninth and tenth successes of the year, while Howard's two second places moved him up from fourth to second in the championship.
Maybery threw his chances of a win away when he spun on the first lap at the Esses. The incident dropped to eighth, but his fight back through the field to third place was one of the highlights of the race, despite being a long way behind Howard at the flag.
After an intense fight, Marc Murray improved one position to finish fourth by just 0,4 sec from Jamrozinski. Murray's performances saw him jump up two places from ninth to seventh in the championship.
A recovering Kruger held off Jennifer Murray for sixth by a narrow 0,3 sec after the latter was boxed in early in the race and had to endure a wheel-banging match, which lost her time.
Sean Pettersen (Lesdonnees Mygale) finished eighth ahead of visiting Englishman Rick Morris. Morris is a Formula Ford legend and, at 57 years of age, showed the younger drivers a thing or two to come home in an excellent ninth place in a one-off appearance.
<pre> Championship points after round 8: 1) Robert Wolk 128 2) Donovan Howard 71 3) Steven Morris 70 4) David Veringa 64 4) Jayde Kruger 64 6) Armani Jamrozinski 45