Having scored four times as many wins as the next competitor, Robert Wolk (AfintaPart Mygale) will start as favourite for victory in round eight of the South African Formula Ford Championship, part of the Vodacom Power Tour, at the Phakisa Freeway...
Having scored four times as many wins as the next competitor, Robert Wolk (AfintaPart Mygale) will start as favourite for victory in round eight of the South African Formula Ford Championship, part of the Vodacom Power Tour, at the Phakisa Freeway circuit this weekend (17 September).
Wolk has been the dominant force in Formula Ford racing this year, winning eight of the 14 races, and stretching out a commanding 33-point championship lead. He missed the first round of the series, but since then he has shown superb consistency by finishing every race in the top three. It will take a brave man to bet against him winning again.
For most of the season his closest challenger has been Englishman Ian Parsons (Nu-Phalt Van Diemen), but the latter has suffered three costly non-finishes and a few jumped start penalties, which have cost him valuable points although he still holds second place in the points standings.
After yet another non-finish in the last round, he will be hoping to bounce back at Phakisa and add to his tally of two wins. In his favour will be the fact that it is a circuit on which he has tested regularly thus he will be familiar with it, unlike the majority of circuits which he has never seen before.
Reigning Formula Vee champion David Veringa (Sabat Van Diemen) scored his maiden win in the second race at East London last time out to close to within one point of Parsons in the title race.
Veringa started the season in an older Mygale chassis, but changes to the regulations meant that the car was a little too heavy to be competitive therefore he switched to a newer Van Diemen two races ago, and it has paid off handsomely. With his first win under his belt and a competitive mount under him, Veringa will be a serious challenger for more wins in the remaining races.
Leslie Reynolds (Airnet Travel Mygale) failed to finish the first race at East London, but bounced back to finish third in the second, which just about sums up his season. He has scored one win this year, and has the pace to be a threat to the front-runners, but he finds it difficult to avoid incidents and challenge the leaders on a regular basis.
Martin Robinson (Hydromobile Mygale) is fifth in the standings and should be in the leading mix if he can find a suitable set-up on his car. When the car is handling well he can be as quick as anyone, but he tends to tinker too much with the set-up and sometimes loses his way, as he did in qualifying at East London. Fortunately for him a radical change to the set-up for the races saw him salvage fifth and fourth places in the two races. He is just seven points behind Reynolds and would like to close the gap.
Paolo da Cunha (DCM Line Boring Van Diemen), Ford Racing development driver Jennifer Murray (Ford Credit / Ford Racing Mygale), Craig Allan (CART Van Diemen), Donovan Howard (Associated Auto Mygale) and Jayde Kruger (FAG Mygale) all produced good performances at East London as they scrapped for the final podium position, thus they will be worth watching and any one of them could possibly spring a surprise.
<pre> Championship points after round 7: 1) Robert Wolk 115 2) Ian Parsons 82 3) David Veringa 81 4) Lesley Reynolds 50 5) Martin Robinson 43 6) Cristiano Morgado 28