Formula Ford round seven preview

East London's Robert Wolk (AfintaPart Mygale) will start as favourite for victory in round seven of the South African Formula Ford Championship, part of the Vodacom Power Tour, at the Grand Prix circuit this weekend (28 August). Wolk has been...

East London's Robert Wolk (AfintaPart Mygale) will start as favourite for victory in round seven of the South African Formula Ford Championship, part of the Vodacom Power Tour, at the Grand Prix circuit this weekend (28 August).

Wolk has been the dominant force in Formula Ford racing this year, and holds a commanding 21-point lead in the series after taking seven wins in the 12 races contested. Two more wins on his home circuit will be most welcome, and will almost guarantee him the title.

His closest challenger is likely to be Englishman Ian Parsons (Nu-Phalt Van Diemen) who has pushed Wolk hard in most of the races. Parsons won the first race in the last round at Kyalami, but was forced to retire from the second race after a clash with his great rival. There will be no love lost between the two this weekend as they both fight for superiority.

Reigning Formula Vee champion David Veringa (Sabat Van Diemen) made his debut outing in his new Van Diemen at Kyalami, but should be more familiar with the machine this time out. He lies third in the championship, but has not won a race yet and is desperate to do so. He feels that his new mount will allow him the opportunity to achieve his goal.

Leslie Reynolds (Airnet Travel Mygale) has one win to his name and holds fourth in the points standings. The scholar from Johannesburg is a very quick driver, but has tended to get involved in a few too many on-track incidents, costing him dearly in the points standings. If he can stay out of trouble, he will be a threat at the front of the field.

Martin Robinson (Hydromobile Mygale) has tasted victory at this circuit before and would like to repeat the feat. He has shown improved form in recent meetings and can definitely pose a threat to the championship contenders, so will be worth watching on the day.

World Max Challenge Kart champion Cristiano Morgado (Buondi Caffe Mygale) has shown his pace on a few occasions by qualifying in pole position, but he is still waiting for that elusive first win on local soil. He switched engineers prior to Kyalami and immediately enjoyed his best result of the year with second overall for the day. He has won in British Formula Ford this year and is hoping to do the same here this weekend.

Others to watch are Paolo da Cunha (DCM Line Boring Van Diemen), who had his best outing of the year at Kyalami, 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).

Local man Nymeko Williams (Mygale), who had hoped to race abroad this year, returns to the category after a few years on the sidelines.

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Series General
Drivers Cristiano Morgado
Teams Williams