First and third place finishes saw reigning South African Formula Ford champion Robert Wolk (AfintaPart Mygale) extend his series lead to 20 points in round four of the Vodacom Power Tour at the Aldo Scribante Circuit in Port Elizabeth ...
First and third place finishes saw reigning South African Formula Ford champion Robert Wolk (AfintaPart Mygale) extend his series lead to 20 points in round four of the Vodacom Power Tour at the Aldo Scribante Circuit in Port Elizabeth yesterday.
As in the previous round at Phakisa, Wolk proved dominant for most of the meeting, qualifying his car in pole position and romping away to a five second win in the first race. It was his fifth win of the season.
In race two, he could only manage a third place finish, but with his main championship rivals failing to finish race one, his performances on the day were good enough to stretch his points advantage.
Englishman Steven Morris (InvestChem Mygale), probably making his final appearance in the series for the season, won the second race for his third victory of the year.
Having started third on the grid, he failed to finish the first race after tangling with Wolk on lap one and spinning across the circuit where he was hit by David Veringa (Sabat Van Diemen). His victory in race two came after he chased down early leader Armani Jamrozinski (Diesel Van Diemen) to take the win.
For championship hopeful, Veringa, the accident was a hammer blow, not only costing him the chance of scoring any points on the day, but also casting doubts as to whether the under funded driver will re-appear this season.
Jamrozinski, returning to the scene of his first ever victory in the category, finished second in both races after starting from second on the grid on both occasions. Having missed the opening two rounds of the series, his performance saw him jump to fifth in the championship table.
Craig Allan (CART Van Diemen) proved that he is becoming a more regular threat to the leaders with solid third and fourth place finishes. The Capetonian qualified seventh on the grid, but drove well to fend off Jayde Kruger (Wap Alto Mygale) and Martin Robinson (Hydromobile Mygale) for third in race one.
He then repelled Kruger once again in the second race to take fourth place, but he was penalised one second for weaving on the run to the finish line, dropping him behind both Kruger and Reynolds. It was a costly move, dropping him two places in the standings.
Kruger failed to qualify for the race after problems in practice, but drove through the field superbly to take fourth in both two races. In the first, he pressured Allan while defending from Robinson, while in the second he did the same, but this time it was Leslie Reynolds (Wap Alto/Airnet Mygale) on his tail for most of the race.
Reynolds retired from race one after seven laps with a gear linkage problem, but returned for a solid fifth behind Kruger in the second.
Ford's Development driver Jennifer Murray (Ford Credit / Ford Racing Van Diemen) showed some her old form in qualifying fifth for race one. She slipped to sixth in the race, but did set the fastest lap of the race, once again highlighting that once she gets to grips with the Van Diemen chassis she can become a force to be reckoned with. In race two, she gambled with starting the race on wet tyres, but with the circuit drying rapidly she was forced to retire after a few laps.
Donovan Howard (Wap Alto Mygale), fourth in the points standings, had a subdued performance after some strong results in recent races. He qualified seventh for race one and finished seventh both times. <pre> Championship points after round 4: 1) Robert Wolk 73 2) Steven Morris 54 3) David Veringa 35 4) Donovan Howard 29 5) Armani Jamrozinski 27 6) Martin Robinson 21 6) Jayde Kruger 21