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East London to Host Thrilling 2009 National Formula Vee Championship Event With the long straights ideally suited to slipstreaming, the nature of the East London Grand Prix circuit usually produces a good close multi car battle, at the...

East London to Host Thrilling 2009 National Formula Vee Championship Event

With the long straights ideally suited to slipstreaming, the nature of the East London Grand Prix circuit usually produces a good close multi car battle, at the head of the Formula Vee field. This year has however, already seen East London style lead battles, at both the National Championship events held so far. At both Phakisa and Midvaal, we have seen up to seven cars in the lead bunch and in the second heat at Midvaal, the first four cars crossed the finish line, within just under six tenths of a second. Historically, East London has usually produced the biggest Formula Vee lead battles and closest finishes of the season and if it is to do that again this year, then the Formula Vee races, on the 23rd May 2009, are going to be absolutely electrifying and something definitely not to be missed.

Heading the National Championship log, for the first time in his Formula Vee career, is the eighteen year old Cape Town based Formula Vee Development driver, Courtney Steenveld (No3 NLDTF Rhema 2) and he will be looking to come away from East London, with that lead intact. The rest of the top contenders, will however be determined to ensure that does not happen and the likes of triple National Champion, Alan Holm (No4 Lasersprint Office Direct Rhema 2), double and reigning National Champion, Dennis Johns (No1 Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2), Trevor Bland (No5 Rhema 2), Jaco Schriks (No7 Lasersprint Rhema 2), fifteen year old Chad Van Beurden (No55 Rhema 2) and ex National Champion Symm Grobler (No8 Auto Mecca Rhema 2), will all be looking to improve their current Championship positions and if possible, secure victory for themselves, in East London.

There is an outside possibility, that another of the ex Champions, Peter Hills (No2 Prolantic Rhema 2) may also be in the East London field, just to spice things up even further. Also in the field at East London and hoping to hang onto the lead bunch, will be Ben Pienaar (No101 BJ Pro Welding Rhema 2), Gareth Jackson (No13 Lasersprint Rhema 2), Jannie Geyser Jnr (No63 Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2) and Jannie Geyser Snr (No64 Geyser Attorneys Vision). If they cannot hang on they will more that likely engage in their own battle, not far behind, along with Nicholas Tennant (No34 Tennant Life Benefits Custom Hobbies TK09), with young Luca Canderle (No66 Vision) making his National Formula Vee racing debut, in East London.

The day's racing program also includes races for Regional Motorcycles, Regional Saloon Cars, Historic Saloon Cars and a Fine Car Parade, offering spectators a dynamic program of Motor Cycle, Single Seater, Saloon Car and Historic racing.

-credit: safv

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