SAFV: Series Kyalami preview

Kyalami Promises Plenty of Close Action Packed Racing The 2009 South African National Formula Vee Championship, enters the second half of an extremely close season, with the Lasersprint duo, of Jaco Schriks (No7 Lasersprint Rhema 2)...

Kyalami Promises Plenty of Close Action Packed Racing

The 2009 South African National Formula Vee Championship, enters the second half of an extremely close season, with the Lasersprint duo, of Jaco Schriks (No7 Lasersprint Rhema 2) and ex Champion Alan Holm (No4 Lasersprint Rhema 2), heading the Championship log. This fifth round, of the eight round 2009 season, takes place at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, on the 11th June 2009 and includes Regional Championship races for, Nashua Mobile Historic Touring Cars, Nashua Mobile Historic Sports and GT Cars and Kent Formula Ford and Club Championship races for, Nashua Mobile Historic Marque Cars, Historic Racing Cars, Historic Group Motorcycles, Alfa Romeo Trofeo, Nashua Mobile HRCR Heritage Saloons and Pre 66 Legends Saloon and GT Cars. With a dynamic mix of modern and historic racing cars, saloon cars, sports and GT cars, motorcycles and single seaters, the event caters fro a wide taste and should not be missed.

The Formula Vee race will be run in conjunction with the Formula Ford Kent race, with each category starting about a minute apart giving spectators the unique opportunity of watching two separate races, taking place at the same time. Challenging Schriks and Holm, should once again be the young development driver Courtney Steenveld (No 2NLDTF Rhema 2), ex Champions Peter Hills (No2 BJ Pro Welding/Prolantic Rhema 2) and Symm Grobler (No8 Auto Mecca Rhema 2), along with Trevor Bland (No5 Rhema 2), fifteen year old Chad Van Beurden (No55 Rhema 2), fresh from the first win of his Formula Vee career, in the second heat at Zwartkops and the other development driver Zaahir Essa (NLDTF Rhema1).

A surprise entry for this race is, is Ben Pienaar in the No9 BJ Pro Welding Rhema 2. After his frightening barrel roll at Zwartkops on the 20th June, it was extremely doubtful, that he or the car would ever race again, net alone three weeks later. After seeing the car on the trailer, behind Hugo Walendorf's bakkie, I jokingly said to Peter Hills "Are you going to have the car fixed for the Kyalami race." He said sure no problem and I honestly thought he was joking too but he and Walendorf, with perhaps some help from Dean Nel, with the chassis, have rebuilt the car and changed Ben's plan to call it a day, in a mere three weeks of burning the mid night oil!

Not far behind the lead bunch and battling it out for the Formula Vee Association Competition, will see the likes of Gareth Jackson (No13 Lasersprint Rhema2), Nico Blignaut (No15 Gilus IT SAP Rhema 2), Alan Eustice (No16 Execuline Rhema 2), Jason Campos (No27 Campos Transport/Carrera Sunglasses Rhema 2), Nicholas Tennant (No34 Stonevest/ T09), Paul Venter (No42 Nashua Mobile Laser), Hugo Walendorf (No45 BJ Pro Welding Lantis) and Mile Stewart (No86 Rhema 1), with Jannie Geyser Jnr (No64 Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2) mixing it up with them as well.

See you at Kyalami!

-credit: safv

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Peter Hill