2007 Vee Champion to be Confirmed at Kyalami
Formula Vee returns to Kyalami, for the final Pro Tour National Championship event of the year, at The Citizen Kyalami Race Day, on the 3rd November. Although there is a small mathematical chance, that he can still lose the title, the expectation is that Alan Holm (No1 Lasersprint Rhema 2) will become the first person in the forty two year history of the category, to win three South African National Formula Vee Championships, back to back. Having secured the title for the first time in 2005, his tenth year in the category, he went on repeat the performance in 2006 and has now all but written his name on the 2007 title as well. Only a major disaster, on the day, will prevent that but the MSA Northern Regions title is another story. After the recent Midvaal event, Dennis Johns (No8 Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2) has closed the gap to six points and with a maximum of thirty one Northern Regions Championship points on offer, at Kyalami, there is a chance that Holm could miss out on the double and take the National Championship title but lose the Northern Regions title to Johns.
They are not the only drivers, capable of wining the Formula Vee race at Kyalami. Peter Hills (No2 Vacuform Rhema 2), took a double win at the previous Pro Tour National Championship event, at Zwartkops, while the 2004 National Champion Symm Grobler (No5 Auto Mecca Rhema 2) has yet to record a win this year but is well capable of doing so. The head of the field is however, no longer the sole preserve of these four National Championship winners. Jaco Schriks (No3 Lasersprint Rhema 2) has won before but is also still looking for his first win in 2007. Development driver Courtney Steenveld (No23 NLDTF Indy Oil Rhema 1) and Trevor Bland (No6 Office Direct Rhema 2) have recently been making their presence felt, in the midst of this elite group, while the likes of Zaahir Essa (No71 NLDTF Rhema 1), Azeem Boomberg (No28 Rhema 1) and Johan Gouws (No27 Computer Assemblies Mantis) have been knocking on the door and looking for a part of the action as well, in recent races.
Apart from the battles raging at the head of the field, there should be plenty more, all the way down the field. Driver worth watching out for include, Jannie Geyser (No7 Geyser Attorneys Vision), Gareth Jackson (No10 Lasersprint Rhema 2), Bradley Martin (No14 Rhema 2), Doug MacDonald (No18 Fantastic Racing Rhema 1), Bobby Nel (No20 USN Ayanda Solutions Lantis), Nico Blignaut (No26 Gilus IT SAP Rhema 1), Andre Van Tonder (No32 Tasman), Gert Van Den Berg (No40 Rhema 1), Denver Pienaar (No50 Lasersprint Vision), James Leach (No52 Auto Fair Rhema 1), John Lerm (No55 Racing for Wildlife Sting), Jannie Geyser Jnr (No60 Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2) and Ben Pienaar (No101 BJ Pro Welding Rhema 1). Back, after a couple of years absence, will be Tony Beecher (No45 Lazer), while a fifth Vee Champion in the form of Anthony Taylor (Rigidek Rhema 2) could be in the field as well, depending on business pressures.
Other races, making it a day not to be missed, are for Hollard Shelby Can Am Sports Cars, Invest Chem Formula Ford Zetech, Altech Porsche Challenge Unlimited, Altech Porsche 924 Challenge, Altech Kawasaki ZX10 Masters Cup, Goldwagen Volkswagen Challenge and Lotus Challenge. Once again the Hollard Shelby Can Am Sports Cars and the Altech Porsche Challenge Unlimited, will combine for the second heat, pitting the Nissan V6 3.5 Litre Sports Racing Cars against some potent Porsche GT2s, the awesome Frans Pretorius Porsche 956, a Porsche 935 replica and the awesome sounding Ferrari 360 Cup cars. With a field in the region of fifty cars, the Goldwagen Volkswagen Challenge races should provide more than their fair share of action, while bike fans can sit back and enjoy the two Altech Kawasaki ZX10 Masters Cup races, usually headed by the legendry Greg Dreyer (No59 Altech Kawasaki ZX10).
See You at Kyalami