The ultra-competitive South African Formula Ford Championship will arrive in Cape Town for round two of the Vodacom Power Tour national series expecting to once again provide the crowd with superb entertainment. The opening round of the series...
The ultra-competitive South African Formula Ford Championship will arrive in Cape Town for round two of the Vodacom Power Tour national series expecting to once again provide the crowd with superb entertainment.
The opening round of the series at the Kyalami Grand Prix circuit in February highlighted once again that predicting the outcome of any race is extremely difficult. Robert Wolk (AfintaPart Mygale) and Steve Morris (InvestChem Mygale) shared the wins, but David Veringa (Sabat Van Diemen) emerged as joint championship leader.
Wolk, the reigning champion, took the first victory as Morris was forced to retire with a failed fuel pump, but Morris bounced back to win the second. Wolk could only manage third in the second race, as ultra-consistent Veringa took second on both occasions to share the championship lead with the former.
Expect the race winner in Cape Town to come from this trio. However, there are a number of drivers who cannot be discounted. Previous multiple race winner Armani Jamrozinski (Diesel Clothing / Pilot Freight Van Diemen) had a poor outing at Kyalami, but he can do the business, and the chances are good that he will bounce back strongly.
Ford development driver Jennifer Murray (Ford Credit / Ford Racing Van Diemen) also had a few problems at Kyalami, but managed to salvage a fifth place in race one despite a puncture. She highlighted her potential in the UK towards the end of last year with very strong performances, and could very well spring a surprise this weekend.
Three youngsters who are busy staking their claim, and who went well at Kyalami, are Jayde Kruger (WAP Alto/FAG Myagle), Lesley Reynolds (WAP Alto/Airnet Travel Myagle), and Donovan Howard (WAP Alto/Tic Tac Myagle).
Kruger was the pick of the bunch scoring a third and a fourth place, while Howard scored a fourth and a fifth, and Reynolds secured two sixths despite an ill-handling car.
Kart champion Marc Murray (Ed Murray Racing Van Diemen) made his debut at Kyalami, but did not enjoy the weekend he was expecting. He will no doubt bounce back and be in the thick of the action.
Others to watch are Formula Ford Kent Champion Matthys Strydom (Catwalk Mygale), Martin Robinson (Hydromobile Mygale), local man Craig Allan (CRT Van Diemen), Allen Meyer (ADE Racing Engines Swift), Ian Schofield (Investchem Mygale) and Roy Patterson (Diart Van Diemen). The latter three contest the Zetec Challenge Class for older cars.
<pre> Championship points after round 1: 1) Robert Wolk 17 David Veringa 17 3) Jayde Kruger 11 4) Steven Morris 10 5) Donovan Howard 9 6) Lesley Reynolds 6