Weather played havoc with the final round of the Vodacom Power Tour at AA Kyalami yesterday resulting in the second Formula Ford Championship race ending in the dark. Despite the weather doing its best to disrupt proceedings, the series once again produced racing of the highest calibre with Michael Atkins and Armani Jamrozinski taking the two race wins.
Atkins (Xumbug Mygale) put his recent run of poor qualifying form behind him to start in pole position for both races. Robert Wolk (AfintaPart Mygale) started from second on the grid in race one and shot to the front of the pack at the start. He then led all the way to the flag despite coming under intense pressure from Atkins. However, together with four other drivers, Wolk was deemed to have jumped the start, incurring a 30 second penalty and dropping him to ninth place.
His penalty moved champion Morne Jurgens (The Truck Den Mygale) into second place, some 5 seconds down on Atkins after he had also been involved in the lead battle for most of the race. Martin Robinson (Nescafe / Leeroy Somer Mygale) continued his recent run of improved form to take third ahead of Marco da Cunha (DCM Line Boring Van Diemen), and newly crowned Formula Vee champion David Veringa (Sabat Mygale), who made his debut in the class.
Atkins led off the line in race two, but spun out of the race at the second corner, leaving Wolk to lead from Jamrozinski (Diesel Clothing / Pilot Freight Van Diemen) and Jurgens. Jamrozinski, who celebrated his 17th birthday on Friday, had also been penalised for a jumped start in race one dropping him to 13th. On lap three, Jurgens found a way past Jamrozinski, and a lap later did the same to Wolk to take the lead.
At the last round in Port Elizabeth Jurgens punted Wolk out of the lead. The two clashed again at WesBank corner on lap five, with Jurgens spinning out of the event, while Wolk continued down the field. Paulo da Cunha (DCM Line Boring Van Diemen) and Leslie Reynolds (Airnet Travel Mygale) also tangled on the same lap, eliminating both from the race.
The incident put Jamrozinski into the lead, and when the pace car came out at the start of lap six due to deteriorating light, the race win was his. The pace car circulated for two laps to complete a race distance before the chequered flag was shown at about 18h40. It was Jamrozinski's third win in four races.
He was followed across the line by Da Cunha, celebrating his 22nd birthday on the day, and Veringa. Conditions were so dark by that stage that Wolk had tapped Veringa into a 360 degree spin when the former slowed down and Wolk simply did not see him. Wolk held on to finish fourth ahead of Robinson and Andy Brown (PKS Mygale).
MARCO DA CUNHA -- 1st Overall: "It's great to take the overall win, although I would have preferred to have won at least one of the races. The conditions in the second race were so difficult, that it was impossible to even attempt an overtaking manoeuvre. Anyway, the overall win was a nice birthday present."
MARTIN ROBINSON -- 2nd Overall: "We had a much better weekend once again and I am relatively happy with a third and fifth, although I would have preferred to have been at the head of the field. Nevertheless, I think we are back on track and hopefully next year we can win races again."
DAVID VERINGA -- 3rd Overall: "Third overall on debut is more than I expected coming into the event so I am very happy with the result. I was a little disappointed with my lap times in the first race, but in the second I was on the pace. I still have a lot to learn about these cars, but am looking forward to a great season next year."
<pre> Championship points after round 10: 1) Morne Jurgens 155 2) Michael Atkins 114 3) Marco da Cunha 88 4) Garth Waberski 66 5) Martin Robinson 59 6) Robert Wolk 54 Armani Jamrozinski 54
Points scoring: 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Pole position first race - 1 point Fastest lap of day -- 1 point.