SAFV: Round five Zwartkops preview

On the 21st June 2008, the Zwartkops Raceway east of Pretoria, hosts round five of the popular Pro Tour Series, with a full day of Single Seater, Sports Car, Exotic Car, Saloon Car and Motorcycle racing, offering a dynamic, ...

On the 21st June 2008, the Zwartkops Raceway east of Pretoria, hosts round five of the popular Pro Tour Series, with a full day of Single Seater, Sports Car, Exotic Car, Saloon Car and Motorcycle racing, offering a dynamic, diversified program, to suit all tastes. A full program of sixteen races, kicks off at ten thirty, with events for Execuline Shelby Can Am sports cars, Investchem Formula Ford Zetec and Formula Vee single seaters, the exotic Altech Porsche Unlimited Challenge, which should include no less that seven, of the fabulous sounding Ferrari Cup cars, the Altech Porsche 924 Handicap races, the Goldwagen VW Challenge saloon cars, with separate races for Classes A and P and Classes B and C and a full field of Altech Kawasaki ZX10 Masters Cup bikes, promising an exciting day of action packed racing, sponsored by Execuline.

Race fans can once again expect plenty of close action packed racing, in both Formula Vee heats. Heading the lineup is three times South African National Formula Vee Champion Alan Holm (No1 Lasersprint Rhema 2). After missing the Kyalami event in April, due to clash with the South African Iron Man competition, Holm is now playing catch up, in the race for the 2008 Formula Vee National Title but took a big bite out of log leader Peter Hills (No3 Rigidek MLS Brokers Rhema 2) points advantage, at the recent Cape Town event, after Hills was penalized thirty seconds, for a jump start in the second heat. These two will however, not have things their own way at Zwartkops. Dennis Johns (No2 Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2) will be looking for his first win of the year, while the young Cape Town based development driver Courtney Steenveld (No8 Indy Oil Rhema 2) will be hoping to repeat his outstanding performance, at the recent Cape Town event, where he became the first Formula Vee development driver, to lead a National Formula Vee event and finish in the top three, after he finished second overall, for the day.

Not far behind and hoping to get in on the action, at the head of the field, should be the likes of Symm Grobler (No4 Auto Mecca Rhema 2), Jaco Schriks (No5 Lasersprint Rhema 2), Trevor Bland (No6 Office Direct Rhema 2), the second of the current development drivers, Zaahir Essa (No71 NLDTF Rhema 1) and Johan Gouws (No27 Mantis). Making his first appearance this year, should be Association Chairman Jannie Geyser Snr, after a comprehensive rebuild and upgrade, of his Geyser Attorneys Vision.

In a typical Formula Vee field, close multi car battles rage on, all the way down the field and the likes of, Gareth Jackson (No15 Lasersprint Rhema 2), Doug MacDonald (No18 Fantastic Racing Rhema 1), Ben Pienaar (No101 BJ Pro Welding Rhema 2), Jannie Geyser Jnr (No63 Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2), Andre Van Der Merwe (No51 Atlas Dry Cleaners Lantis), Alan Eustice (No77 Execuline Rhema 2), Nico Blignaut (No23 Gilus IT SAP Rhema 2), Nicholas Tennant (No34

Tennant Benefit Consultants Tasman), Andrei Overbeek (No78 Omega), Chandre Kruger (No41 Gilus IT SAP Sting) and James Evans (No30 Gilus IT SAP Tasman) can all be counted on, to give of their best on the day.

-credit: safv

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