New Kids On The Block

The first round of the 2010 South African National Formula Vee Championship, takes place at the East London Grand Prix Circuit on the 13th February 2010. The with no less than seven, of last seasons top ten Championship contenders, including current National Champion Alan Holm, either taking a sabbatical for 2010, or moving on to Formula Volkswagen and Polo Cup, the highly experienced lead pack that have thrilled East London race fans, with desperately close multi car slipstreaming battles, for a number of years, are no longer in the field. In their place, a number of East London rookies will make up the bulk of the field and it will be interesting to see who adapts to the circuit, the quickest.

Only two of the drivers racing in East London, have previously raced at the picturesque seaside ex Grand Prix Circuit. They are ex Champion Peter Hills (No19 MLS Brokers Rhema 2) and Nicholas Tennant (No15 Rhema 2), now behind the wheel of the ex Chad Van Beurden car. Alan Eustice (No12 Execuline Rhema 2) has been to East London before but went off at Rifle during practice, the day before the event and rolled, writing his car off in the process and will more that likely need to regain the confidence, to keep his foot flat through Potters and Rifle again.

Experiencing the high speed sweeps of Potters and Rifle, for the first time, will be Nico Blignaut (No15 Gilus IT SAP Rhema 2), Greg Wilson (No30 Reflex Solutions Rhema 2), Paul Venter (No42 Nashua Mobile Laser), Hugo Wallendorf (No45 Pro Welding Lantis) and the father, son team of Mark Stewart (No61 Rhema 2) and Mile Stewart (No86 Rhema 1).

East London usually produces some of the closest Formula Vee racing, of the year and hopefully this year, the historic East London Grand Prix circuit will produce more of the same, as a new generation of racing drivers, set off in the wheel tracks of the famous Grand Prix drivers of the past, including Sterling Moss, Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham, Denny Hulme and the many others who raced at this historic South African motor racing venue.

The program of events, includes parades for the Historic Motor Cycle Group and the Day of the Champions Motor Cycle Greats, along with races for Historic and Classic cars, the Border Motor Cycle Championship Handicap and the South African TT Classic Race Series.

-source: safv