SAFV: Phakisa preview

Formula Vee Battle of Champions Moves to Phakisa The 2007 Pro Tour South African National Formula Vee Championship enters the second half of the season, at the Phakisa Raceway on the 28th July. Included on the Program, are National ...

Formula Vee Battle of Champions Moves to Phakisa

The 2007 Pro Tour South African National Formula Vee Championship enters the second half of the season, at the Phakisa Raceway on the 28th July. Included on the Program, are National Championship Races for Hollard Shelby Can Am and Investec Formula Ford Zetec, Regional Championship races for Altech Porsche Cup Unlimited, Goldwagen VW Challenge and Formula GTi, with Club Championship events for Altech Porsche 924 and Altech Kawasaki Masters Cup Motorcycles. Once again, the second heat of the Hollard Shelby Can Am and Altech Porsche Cup Unlimited races, will be a combined, offering race fans the spectacle, of seeing the mighty Porsche GT2s, the Porsche 956, the Ferrari 360 Cup cars and the Can Am cars, all fighting it out in the same race.

Still leading the 2007 National Formula Vee Championship, going into the Phakisa event, is reining Champion Alan Holm (No1 Laser Sprint Rhema 2). His unbeaten record has however broken, at the previous event, with the 1999 Champion Peter Hills (No2 Vacuform Rhema 2) taking his first victory of the year, in the second heat at Zwartkops. This will not only have given new hope, to Hills' Championship aspirations but will also have given fresh encouragement to the other two ex Champions in the field, Symm Grobler (No5 Auto Mecca Rhema 2) and ex Welkom boy, Dennis Johns (No8 Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2). The four of them could well be joined, at the head of the field, by Jaco Schriks (No3 Laser Sprint Rhema 2). The Phakisa circuit, is another venue, which seems to bring out the best from Schriks and anyone of the five of them, could emerge victorious at Phakisa.

Not far behind and trying their best, to also get in on the battle for the lead, will be the likes of the young ex Karters, Kyle Bennett (No89 AIE Plastics Rhema 1), Trevor Bland (No6 Rhema 2), sixteen year old Dean Lester (No69 Rhema 2) and the sixteen year old development driver from the Western Cape, Courtney Steenveld (No23 NLDTF Indy Oils Rhema 1). They should be joined by Durban's Zaahir Essa (No71 NLDTF Rhema1) who with no previous racing experience, has been another one of the star rookies of the year, so far.

There should be a good strong field of Formula Vees, for the Phakisa event and the action is not only going to be confined to the head of the field, with other duels and close multi car battles, expected further down the field as well. Here the likes of Ben Pienaar (No101 BJ Pro Welding Rhema 1), Bradley Martin (No14 Rhema 2), Johan Gouws (No27 Computer Assemblies Mantis), Kevin Cartmell (No17 Rand Brake Sting), Gert Van Den Berg (No40 Rhema 1), James Leach (No52 Autofair Rhema 1), Gareth Jackson (No10 Laser Sprint Rhema 2) and Nico Blignaut (No23 Gilus IT SAP Rhema 1) will be battling it out, with one another and hoping to pick up a point or two in the process as well. For a number of the drivers, already mentioned, it will be their first trip to Phakisa, while other recent additions to the category, like Charles Roets (No41 Sting) and Andre Van Tonder (No32 Tasman), will also be racing there for the first time as well..

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Peter Champion