Formula Ford round one preview

The opening round of the Vodacom Power Tour at the Kyalami Grand Prix circuit will see a healthy 20-car grid take to the track sporting a mixture of maturity and youth. Last season's champion Robert Wolk (Afinta Part Mygale) returns with a...

The opening round of the Vodacom Power Tour at the Kyalami Grand Prix circuit will see a healthy 20-car grid take to the track sporting a mixture of maturity and youth.

Last season's champion Robert Wolk (Afinta Part Mygale) returns with a new car to defend the title he won in dominant fashion in 2004. In a stellar season, Wolk won ten races and took second four times on his way to a 23-point championship win. Repeating that feat won't be easy however, as he will have a host of eager challengers snapping at his heels.

Leading the fray will be last season's runner-up, and former Formula Vee Champion, David Veringa (Sabat Batteries Van Diemen). The modest youngster quickly got to grips with a Formula Ford car last season, scoring two wins on his way to second place. Expect a lot more from him this season.

Previous race winner Armani Jamrozinski (Diesel Clothing / Pilot Freight Van Diemen), who missed most of last season after going to race abroad, will also be a threat. After some good performances in the UK, he returns to the fray this season and is sure to be a winner as he was towards the end of 2003.

Ford development driver Jennifer Murray (Ford Credit / Ford Racing Van Diemen) enters her second year in the category. She battled for much of last season, but a trip to the UK toward the end of the year where she performed superbly gave her a huge confidence boost. She carried that form into the final race of last season and ran at the head of the field. She switches chassis for this year from a Mygale to a Van Diemen, but nevertheless will be a potential race winner.

Three youngsters who also have a point to prove are Jayde Kruger, Lesley Reynolds and Donovan Howard. All three will run under the WAP Alto banner in updated Mygale chassis prepared by Brian Kruger. The trio produced good performances last season, and are expected to be among the leaders this year.

An unknown quantity is Marc Murray (Jennifer's brother) in an Ed Murray Racing Van Diemen. He is a karting champion, thus should adjust to Formula Ford well and could quite easily also be challenging for the lead.

Formula Ford Kent Champion Matthys Strydom (Catwalk Mygale) is stepping up to the senior category and should be seen towards the head of the field. He is a quick driver but may not have the budget to compete consistently at the sharp end of the field.

Martin Robinson (Hydromobile Mygale) is a driver who, on his day, can compete with the leaders, but is notoriously inconsistent. Should he get his car set-up properly he will be among the front-runners, but the big question is - will he hit the sweet spot?

Occasional Formula Ford competitor Stevie Morris (Mygale) and last season regular Paulo da Cunha (Van Diemen) will also contest this race while they wait for their Production Car Series cars to be built. Morris is a proven race winner and could put a spanner in the works, while Da Cunha can also go very well if his car is up to spec.

Interesting additions to the field include a number of veterans. Formula Ford Kent star of the late eighties and mid nineties Andre Hammond returns behind the wheel of a Van Diemen, George Ferreira will compete in a Mygale, Iain Pepper in a Pepson Plastrics Mygale and former Formula M driver Mark Howard (Donovan's father) will be out in a Swift.

They will challenge the regular old timers such as Allen Meyer (ADE Racing Engines Swift), Ian Schofield (Investchem Mygale) and Roy Patterson (Diart Van Diemen) for the Zetec Challenge Class honours.

Expect nothing less than excellent racing throughout the field today.

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