SAFV: Cape Town race report

A Brave Performance from Steenveld as Hills and Holm Share the Spoils in Cape Town With his father having passed away, after a Heart Attack earlier in the week, seventeen year old Cape Town based Development Driver ...

A Brave Performance from Steenveld as Hills and Holm Share the Spoils in Cape Town

With his father having passed away, after a Heart Attack earlier in the week, seventeen year old Cape Town based Development Driver Courtney Steenveld put up a brave performance, to qualify fourth, the day after the funeral and then go on to record the best results of his Formula Vee career, with a third and a second place finish, giving him second place for the day. A fitting result to dedicate to his father who has been his greatest supporter and would have been one hundred percent behind, his son's decision to race on Saturday.

Starting from Pole Position, Peter Hills (Prolantic Rhema 2) led the first heat, from start to finish. Having started in second place, Alan Holm (Laser Sprint Rhema 2) was back to fourth, by the end of lap one, as Hills led across the line, followed by Jaco Schriks (Laser Sprint Rhema 2) and Steenveld (Indy Oils Rhema 2). Just over half distance Steenveld passed Schriks but the following lap, Holm eventually made his way, back up to second. That was as high, as he was going to get and he came home 2.736 seconds, behind Hills, with Steenveld Schriks and Dennis Johns (Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2), right on his tail. The four of them, where separated by a mere 0.253 of a second and they where followed home, by Trevor Bland (Office Direct Rhema 2), James Leach (Prolantic Rhema 1), Zaahir Essa (NLDTF Rhema 1) who had started from the back of the grid, Doug MacDonald (Fantastic Racing Rhema 1), Gareth Jackson (Laser Sprint Rhema 2), Andre Van Der Merwe (Atlas Dry Cleaning Lantis) and Ben Pienaar (BJ Pro Welding Rhema 2)

At the start of the second heat, Hills was penalized 30 seconds, for a Start Line infringement but it was in fact Steenveld who came through, to complete the first two laps, in the lead, on the damp circuit. Established Formula Vee Reinmeister, Hills, then led for a couple of laps, before Steenveld once again led the field across the line but only for a lap, before Holm hit the front. Two uncharacteristic spins, saw Hills lose a couple more places, instead of regaining his lead, so either he was trying too hard, or perhaps the circuit was not wet enough, for him to make full use of his wet weather skills.

In the end, it was Holm who secured the victory, 1.452 seconds ahead of Steenveld and they where followed across the line, by Johns, Hills, Schriks, Essa, Bland, Van Der Merwe, Pienaar, Mac Donald, Leach and Alan Eustice (Execuline Rhema 2). The 30 second penalty for the Start Line infringment, saw Hills relegated to seventh, in the results, between Bland and Van Der Merwe, while Nicholas Tennant (Tennant Benefit Consultants Tasman), finished just out of the points, ahead of Chris Danks (Rhema 1) who again failed to take the flag but was classified as a finisher, unlike Jackson who's battle with Eustice ended in him being punted off the circuit, just after half distance.

With his second heat victory, plus a point for the fastest lap of the day and the 30 second penalty incurred by Hills, Holm was able to take a bite out of Hills's Championship lead but still has a lot of work to do, if he is to secure, a fourth successive title.

-credit: safv

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