SAFV: East London recap, champion crowned

Holm takes the 2005 Title In a dramatic end to a close hard fought season, Alan Holm (JBS Lasersprint Rhema 2) clinched the 2005 South African National Formula Vee Championship, at the historic East London Grand Prix circuit. Going into the ...

Holm takes the 2005 Title

In a dramatic end to a close hard fought season, Alan Holm (JBS Lasersprint Rhema 2) clinched the 2005 South African National Formula Vee Championship, at the historic East London Grand Prix circuit. Going into the final round, with a mere four point advantage, Holm took second place in the first heat, while his closest rival, reigning National Champion Symm Grobler (Auto Mecca Rhema 2) had to be content with a fourth place finish. Holm then went on to win the second heat, to secure the title, with Grobler once again finishing in fourth place.

The first heat victory went to Holm's JBS Lasersprint teammate Jaco Schriks, who took the flag a mere 0.141 of a second ahead of Holm, to keep his hopes of taking third place in the Championship alive. Third place went to Dennis Johns (Rhema 2) 0.046 of a second ahead of Grobler and they where followed across the line, by Andre Van Der Merwe (ACC Airconditioning Rhema 2), Peter Hills (Vacuform Rhema 2), Jannie Geyser (Vision), Kyle Bennett (Tata Rhema), Gareth Jackson (JBS Lasersprint Rhema), Laurent Calkoen (Autoquip Mail & Guardian Vision) and Bobby Nel (DK Office Furniture Lantis). The results of the first heat, increased Holm's lead to seven points but he was by no means home and dry and a retirement in the second heat, would have meant that Grobler would only have needed to finish fifth or higher, to secure a second National Championship title.

It must have been a very tense couple of hours between heats and everything that could possibly go wrong must have gone through Holm's mind and been checked again and again. After what must have seemed like an eternity, a very nervous Holm headed to the grid, for the start of the second heat. In the race, a mechanical failure was to be the fate of one of the JBS Lasersprint team. It was however the car of Schriks that failed, when the gear linkage broke and he was forced to retire after five laps. It is now the second year in a row, that he has lost out on the chance of taking third place in the Championship, due to a mechanical failure in the final heat of the season. Nel had also retired a couple of laps earlier, after a steering failure, fortunately on one of the slower parts of the circuit.

There where no such problems for Holm and he clinched the title in style, as he took the flag ahead of Johns who had Hills and Grobler breathing down his neck, as the three of them flashed across the finish line, within 0.400 of a second. Fifth place, once again went to Van Der Merwe and with Schriks out of the race, the young Karter secured third place in the Championship, in his first full season of Formula Vee racing. Van Der Merwe was followed across the line, by Bennett, Geyser, Jackson and Calkoen. Bitterly disappointed at being robbed of a shot at third place in the Championship, Schriks did however have the satisfaction of taking the fastest lap and claiming the new East London Formula Vee lap record, with a time of 1 min 32.977 seconds. <pre> Final 2005 National Championship Standings:

1 Alan Holm 221 2 Symm Grobler 208 3 Andre Van Der Merwe 172 4 Jaco Schriks 161 5 Peter Hills 116 6 Kyle Bennett 97 7 Dennis Johns 96 8 Jannie Geyser 86 9 Anthony Taylor 78 10 Laurent Calkoen 78

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