The Vodacom Motorsport Magic race day at AA Kyalami on November 3 provides an interesting mix with sports cars, singleseaters and karts sharing the limelight. Originally scheduled for November 4, the meeting will feature round nine of the...
The Vodacom Motorsport Magic race day at AA Kyalami on November 3 provides an interesting mix with sports cars, singleseaters and karts sharing the limelight.
Originally scheduled for November 4, the meeting will feature round nine of the Vodacom Sports Prototype national championship, along with Vodacom Isondo Sports 2000, Formula GTi, Formula Vee and 250 Superkarts. The ultra fast 250 Superkarts have been added to the race programme, with the mix likely to produce some lively entertainment for race enthusiasts.
An added twist will see the Vodacom Sports Prototype brigade fighting it out in an endurance format. The race will be run over two hours, with all the other categories competing in two eight lap heats.
Proceedings will get under way on November 2 with official practice and qualifying for all categories. The first race on November 3 is scheduled for 10h00.
The AA Kyalami outing is the penultimate round of the season in the Vodacom Sports Protoype Championship, with George Ferreira currently holding a 25 point lead over Alan Eve. Ferreira has led the series for most of he season but is by no means out of the woods and, with double points up for grabs, Eve can make a late charge.
Eve has a comfortable 45 point lead over third placed Niel Lobb (202) with Clive Kennerley (190) and Donovan Roscoe next on the championship table. As is the case with Eve, there is still time for other challengers to make a late season move up the championship ladder, with plenty at stake.
Adding spice to the situation are likely entries from drivers from other categories of racing. The likes of former Touring Car star Marco do Santos and the da Cunha brothers, Marco and Paolo, could liven up matters.
The da Cunhas will also be in action in the Formula GTi outing. Marco is third in the championship - behind Dale Knez and veteran Barry Ingle - with Paolo fifth.
Knez holds a narrow nine point lead over Ingle with the elder of the da Cunha brothers a further 14 points adrift. Ingle needs a big effort at AA Kyalami, and this will add a little needle to proceedings.
On the Formula Vee front unofficial scoring after the recent Killarney outing will see Lee Thompson arrive at AA Kyalami as the new champion. Two second places at Killarney give Thompson a 19 point lead over Welkom veteran Dennis Johns - who could only manage two fifth places - and that puts the Pretoria driver out of reach.
While Thompson would like to end the season with a flourish, he will face stiff opposition from the likes of Johns, Trevor Smith and Eastern Province driver Darren Murphy. A win in Cape Town will have left Murphy wanting more of the same and, as usual, the Formula Vee contingent can be expected to put on a good show.
The Vodacom Isondo Sports 2000 title has already been wrapped up by Chad Francis, but there are still good battles raging in the battle for the minor placings. Gugu Zulu, who has concentrated mainly on his Wesbank V8 Championship campaign this season, is 13 points clear of Riyad Jaffer.
Young Jaffer, however, is just one point clear of Simon Mosely. The situation sets up some interesting possibilities, and should provide for some entertaining racing.
The 250 Superkarts are still among the fastest race vehicles around AA Kyalami - with lap times matching the Wesbank V8 brigade. The November 3 outing will be a non championship outing but, if the current points standings are anything to go by, the fur should fly.
Current standings see Fabio Tafani just one point clear of Vernon Pappas. Gary Gribben is only nine points behind Pappas with a family feud going on in fourth and fifth place. Here Tony Farah leads Greg Farah by a single point.