The championship may have already been decided, but this has not stopped the dozen-or-so young guns in the Formula Ford Championship from giving their all in their quest to win races. Having recently produced the best racing of the day in Port Elizabeth, much the same is expected from the final round of the Vodacom Power Tour meeting to be held at AA Kyalami this weekend (22 November).
Morne Jurgens (The Truck Den Mygale) wrapped up his second successive title with two rounds to go after a dominant season, but if he thought he could cruise to more victories he was mistaken. His title win stung the youngsters into action prompting them to take the fight to him at the Aldo Scribante circuit in Port Elizabeth.
After two fiercely contested races, it was sixteen year-old Armani Jamrozinski (Diesel Clothing / Pilot Freight Van Diemen) who came through to score his maiden victory with a double win. Making his achievement even more remarkable was the fact that the youngster missed Friday practice due to school exams.
Robert Wolk (AfintaPart Mygale) was also in the thick of battle and on course to take the first race win at Aldo before being pushed off the circuit by Jurgens. Jurgens crossed the line first, but was penalised for the incident dropping him to the back of the field.
Race two was also a no-holds barred battle for the lead between Jamrozinski, Jurgens, Wolk, Michael Atkins (Xumbug Mygale) and Marco da Cunha (DCM Line Boring Van Diemen). Jurgens led early on, but Jamrozinski took the lead at mid-distance and pulled away to win. Da Cunha then took up the fight and eventually passed Jurgens with two laps to go, leaving Atkins to pressure the champion. Wolk lost his chance when he spun out midway through the race.
With these five drivers so evenly matched, and with very little to play for in terms of the championship, fans can expect to be treated to a no-holds-barred battle as either of them can take the victory spoils. Jamrozinski will turn 17 on the day before the race, thus another victory will make for a happy birthday celebration.
On his day former race winner Martin Robinson (Nescafe / Leeroy Somer Mygale) can also challenge the leaders. He scored his best result of the year at Aldo with second place in race one, also setting the fastest lap time in the process.
Paulo da Cunha (DCM Line Boring Van Diemen) and Chad Francis (Ford Racing Mygale) also had good outings at Aldo and have been edging closer to the front runners in recent events. For Francis, his two year spell as Ford's Development driver will come to an end at this race and he is currently searching for sponsorship to contest the series next year. A good result will help his cause immensely.
Newly crowned Formula Vee champion David Veringa was attempting to put a deal together to contest the event at the time of writing. The SABAT Batteries-sponsored driver will move into Formula Ford in 2004, and was working on a deal to drive the Brett Mayberry Mygale this weekend.
Multiple Formula M champion, 15-year-old Donovan Howard, is expected to debut the ex-Garth Waberski 2001 Van Diemen that his father recently purchased. He drove a 1996 Van Diemen for most of the year to gain experience.
Another 15-year-old, former karter Jayde Kruger (FAG Automotive Mygale), will also be in the field. He will contest his fifth race since turning 15 and has made good progress in his short Formula Ford career.
In the Challenge class for older cars, Allen Meyer (ETL Solutions Swift) and Roy Patterson (Diart Manufacturing Van Diemen) will fight it out for honours.
In a major boost for the formula, a local Formula Ford delegation led by chairman Nino Venturi was instrumental in establishing an international working group, International Formula Ford Promotions (IFFP), at the recent Formula Ford Festival in England. IFFP's task will be to safeguard the future of Formula Ford racing worldwide. In addition to standardising the specification of cars globally, the group will pool ideas to ensure that Formula Ford is re-established as the primary junior formula for young drivers to develop all facets of car racing.