Crucial Kyalami Championship Round
With only three rounds to go, the result of the South African National Formula Vee Championship race, to be run at Kyalami on the 27th August 2005, could be crucial to the final outcome of the 2005 title race. After the recent Cape Town event, Alan Holm (No2 JBS Lasersprint Rhema 2) holds a slender five point lead, over current Champion Symm Grobler (No1 Auto Mecca Rhema 2) and both of them will be keen to enhance their position, at Kyalami. The Kyalami event also includes Regional Championship races, for Formula GTi, Volkswagen Challenge, Lotus Challenge and Thundercars and Club Championship events, for Porsche Unlimited Challenge, Porsche 924 Challenge and Silver Cup. With a full program of sixteen races, the day's racing is due to get underway at 8h45, with the two National Championship Formula Vee races, due to start at 10h25 and 14h40.
With the Championship battle running as close as it is, all eyes will be on Holm and Grobler but a number of other drivers are capable of spoiling the party and walking away with the victories on the day. These include Holm's team mate Jaco Schriks (No4 JBS Lasersprint Rhema 2), Peter Hills (No5 Vacuform Rhema 2), Dennis Johns (No7 Goldco Midas Rhema 2) and teenage star Andre Van Der Merwe (No72 ACC Airconditioning Rhema 2).
Under threat, will be the longstanding Kyalami Formula Vee lap record, of 2min 00,584secs, set by Anthony Taylor on the 1st August 1998. Helped by the tightening of the Chicane, it is the oldest existing Formula Vee lap record in South Africa. Not only will it be under threat, on race day but the event could well see the first sub two minute lap, by a Formula Vee car on the current Kyalami circuit.
Not far behind the leaders, should be the other teenage Karters, Kyle Bennett (No16 Rhema), Laurent Calkoen (No66 Autoquip Mail & Guardian Vision) and Trevor Bland (No14 AC DC Dynamics Rhema). Mixing it with them and out to prove who is boss, will be a number of more experienced Vee competitors, including Nico Blignaut (No26 SAP Gilus IT Rhema), Jannie Geyser (No20 Vision), James Leach (No31 Lantis) and the Capetonians Doug Mac Donald (No11 Rhema) and Chris Danks (No23 Stalcor Rhema 2).
Formula Vee usually produces good close racing, all the way down the field and the likes of Kevin Cartmell (No17 Rand Brake Sting), Claude Cartmell (No19 Rand Brake Sting), Gareth Jackson (No21 JBS Lasersprint Sting), Bobby Nel (No25 DK Office Furniture Lantis), Manie Geldenhuis (No29 Lagus), JP Nortje (No33 Sting), Jaco Greyling (No54 Rhema) and John Lerm (No55 Africa Metals ISCOSA Sting), along with the development drivers, Benny Phetla (No9 Lotto Vision) and Devan Moonsammy (No130 Lotto Rhema), will all be out to do the best they can and at the same time everyone will be gaining more experience on the circuit, ahead of the South African Formula Vee 40th Anniversary event, an International race, to be run in conjunction with the Altec Formula One Two Seater and Altec Grand Prix Masters events, at Kyalami, on the weekend of 12 and 13 November 2005. Proceeds form that race meeting, also benefit the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and Unite Against Hunger. <pre> National Championship Points:
1 Alan Holm 158 2 Symm Grobler 153 3 Andre Van Der Merwe 125 4 Jaco Schriks 99 5 Jannie Geyser 66 6 Kyle Bennett 65 7 Laurent Calkoen 61 8 Anthony Taylor 57 9 Peter Hills 51 10 Dennis Johns 48 11 Trevor Bland 39 12 Chris Danks 38