Altech SA Grand Prix meeting, to incorporate Formula Vee 40th Anniversary
The Altech SA Grand Prix race meeting, to be held at the Kyalami Grand Prix circuit on the 11th, 12th and 13th November 2005, will also play host to one of the two events, planned to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Formula Vee racing in South Africa. It was at Kyalami, back in 1965, that the category raced for the first time in this country and it is fitting, that the main event of the week long celebration will be run at the same venue. Even the inaugural event of the Grand Prix Masters series, the main event for the weekend, has an association with the history of Formula Vee racing. At least one of the competitors, that will be racing in the Altech Grand Prix Masters event at Kyalami, designed, built and raced a Formula Vee, claiming the 1967 Brazilian Formula Vee Championship, with five wins and two second places, from the seven events that where held that year.
Born in Sao Paulo Brazil, on the 12th December 1946, Emerson Fittipaldi then went on to win two Formula One World Championships, for Lotus in 1972 and MacLaren in 1974 and has held the distinction, of being the youngest Formula One World Champion, until Fernando Alonso took the 2005 title, a few weeks ago. In a distinguished motorsport career, Fittipaldi also won two Indianapolis 500 Mile races, in 1989 and 1993 and claimed the 1989 CART Championship as well. Now he returns to the track, for the Grand Prix Masters series, along with a number of ex Grand Prix Drivers, including other ex World Champions, like Alan Jones, Alain Prost and Nigel Mansel.
With practice and qualifying, for the two Formula Vee races, taking place on Friday the 11th November, the cars will be back on circuit again, for a warm up, at 07h30 on the Saturday morning, followed by the 40th Anniversary Parade at 13h05 and the first race, at 13h25. On the Sunday morning, there is another 07h30 warm up, with the second Formula Vee race scheduled to start at approximately 16h45, after the second Altech Formula One Two Seater race. An entry of over forty cars, is expected for the Formula Vee races at Kyalami, with a number of Cape Town based competitors also coming up for the event. The car built by a team of University of KwaZulu Natal Engineering Students, as their University project, will also be making it's debut at the Kyalami event and a number of overseas Formula Vee competitors are also coming to South Africa, to compete in the event, including the 1991 German Champion Rainer Badura, the 1995 British Champion Andrea Serrano and the 1997 and 2003 German Champion Joachim Lutz.
Both the Saturday and Sunday programs, will see a full day of action, with the Saturday devoted to Formula Vee and Formula GTi warm ups, followed by a Super Car Parade, free practice for the Altech Grand Prix Masters cars, and Altech Formula One Two Seater passenger rides. The afternoon program sees a one hour qualifying session, for the Altech Grand Prix Masters cars, after the first Formula Vee race. Another Super Car Parade, further Altech Formula One Two Seater passenger riders and the first Formula GTi race, at 17h05. After the Formula Vee and Formula GTi warm ups and another Super Car Parade, on Sunday morning, the Altech Grand Prix Masters cars will have a morning warm up, followed by the first Altech Fomula One Two Seater Grand Prix race, the Altech Grand Prix Masters feature race, the second Altech Formula One Two Seater Grand Prix Race and the second Formula Vee 40th Anniversary race, followed by the second Formula GTi race. The Altech SA Grand Prix event, supports the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and Unite Against Hunger.
The second event, of the Formula Vee 40th Anniversary Celebrations, will be a more relaxed affair, when the overseas drivers team up with local competitors, at the Annual Formula Vee 2 Hour Endurance race, to be run at the Zwartkops Raceway, the following weekend.