SAFV: Series East London race report

East London Formula Vee Race Does Not Disapoint As expected, the East London round of the 2009 South African National Formula Vee Championship, produced two thrilling, race long, multi car battles, for the lead. In the first heat,...

East London Formula Vee Race Does Not Disapoint

As expected, the East London round of the 2009 South African National Formula Vee Championship, produced two thrilling, race long, multi car battles, for the lead. In the first heat, the battle involved Courtney Steenveld (NLDTF Rhena 2), Alan Holm (Lasersprint Rhema 2) Jaco Schriks (Lasersprint Rhema 2) and Trevor Bland (Rhema 2) after Dennis Johns (Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2) was pushed off before the first corner but came back through the field, to be almost on the tail of the lead bunch again, by the end on the race. Out front the lead was changing, lap by lap and almost corner by corner, as the four cars at the head of the pack, continuously traded places. Behind them a number of other battles where fought, including a hectic family feud, between the father son combination of Jannie Geyser Snr (Geyser Attorneys Vision) and Jannie Geyser Jnr (Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2).

The outcome of the race, was decided by split seconds, as Schriks, took the victory, from Holm, Steenveld and Bland and they where followed across the line, by Johns, Chad Van Beurden (Rhema 2), who had been swamped at the start, when he could not get second gear and had to fight his way back through the field, Geyser Snr, Geyser Jnr, Ben Pienaar (BJ Pro Welding Rhema 2) struggling alang with a brake problem and Nicholas Tennant (Stonevest Custom Hobbies T09), while Symm Grobler (Auto Mecca Rhema 2) had been forced to retire, just on half distance, when his motor started seizing up. Even more unfortunate, were Gareth Jackson (Lasersprint Rhema 2) and newcomer Luca Canderle (Team Red Vision). Canderle had run the bearings of his motor, in the final warm up before qualifying and Jackson had experienced a mechanical failure, during the qualifying session and both of them, would take no further part in the day's proceedings.

In the second heat, the battle for the lead was even more intense, as Schriks, Holm, Steenveld, Bland and Johns, fought out a torrid race long battle, with Piennar and Geyser Snr hanging onto the back of the train, as well. Hurtling down the long East London straight, centimeters apart and flat out through the legendary Potters and Rifle Bends, while changing position out of the slipstream, along the way as well. Then ducking, diving and standing hard on the brakes, for Cocabana and going trough bends side by side, the battle continued to rage, lap after lap.

After another poor start, due to a clutch problem, Van Beurden was closing on the seven car train ahead of him, as well. Holm then lost his nose cone, running into the back of Steenveld, under braking around about half distance and soon after that, Van Beurden caught the bunch and started getting in amongst them as well. Geyser Snr eventually made a mistake and lost the tow and then both Van Beurden and Steenveld lost a little time, through incidents in the closing stages of the race. Into the final bend Holm came up the inside of Johns and Schriks, hitting Schriks mid corner. They did not however, loose much momentum for the run to the line and it was Holm who took the win 0,049 of a second ahead of Schriks, with Johns stuck behind the two Lasersprint cars, a further 0,032 of a second behind Schriks, with Bland another 0.364 of a second behind, in fourth place. A couple of seconds later, Steenveld and Pienaar came through, separated by 0,105 of a second and they where followed home, by Van Beurden, Geyser Snr, Geyser Jnr and Tennant.

-credit: safv

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