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Lichtenburg Gears Up For Epic National Formula Vee Battle National Championship Formula Vee racing, returns to the North West Province on the 12th September 2009, when the tight 1,6Km SCC Lichtenberg Raceway, hosts the seventh round...

Lichtenburg Gears Up For Epic National Formula Vee Battle

National Championship Formula Vee racing, returns to the North West Province on the 12th September 2009, when the tight 1,6Km SCC Lichtenberg Raceway, hosts the seventh round of the 2009 South African National Formula Vee Championship. As well as the two 20 lap National Championship Races, for the 1400cc Citi Golf powered single seaters, the day's program also includes Regional Championship Races for Formula GTi single seaters, Goldwagen Volkswagen Challenge saloon cars and Lotus Challenge, with Club Championship Races for Historic Racing Cars and Formula Libra/M single seaters, rounded off by an Opel Owners Club, demonstration event.

Heading the Formula Vee field, will be three times South African National Formula Vee Champion Alan Holm (#4 Lasersprint/Office Direct Rhema 2), along with ex Champions Peter Hills (#2 BJ Pro Welding/Prolantic Rhema 2) and Symm Grobler (#8 Auto Mecca Rhema 2). So far the 2009 season has been incredibly close, at the head of the field and others who should be right up there, mixing it with these three ex Champions, will be Jaco Schriks (#7 Lasersprint Rhema 2), Cape Town based development driver Courtney Steenveld (#3 NLDTF Rhema 2), fifteen year old ex Karter Chad Van Beurden (#55 Rhema 2), Trevor Bland (#5 Rhema 2) and the other development driver, Durban's Zaahir Essa (#71 NLDTF Rhema 1). This time, the lead bunch is however going to have to contend with back markers, a lot earlier in the race and a lot more often, due to the short Lichtenburg race lap and with a couple of second gear corners per lap, they will also be changing gears a lot more often, than what they are accustomed to. Lichtenburg is the only circuit in the country, that I have seen Vee competitors finish a race, with a blister in the palm of their gear change hand!

Not far behind the lead bunch, we should see the likes of Gareth Jackson (#13 Lasersprint Rhema 2), Jannie Geyser Jnr (No63 Geyser Racing Rhema 2), Ben Pienaar (#9 BJ Pro Welding Rhema 2), Nicholas Tennent (#34 Stonevest/TKAS Race Solutions T096) Alan Eustice (#16 Execuline Rhema 2) and Luca Caderle (#66 Mr Price Team Red Vision), fighting it out amongst themselves, for the remaining points scoring positions. Also capable of getting in amongst should be Paul Venter (#42 Nashua Mobile Laser), Nico Blignaut (#15 Gilus IT SAP Rhema 2) and Jason Campos (#27 Campos Transport/Carrera Sunglasses Rhema 2). Rounding out the field and hoping to also secure a good result, with be Henk Swanepoel (#28 Rent a Renovator Rhema 1), Hugo Wallendorf (#45 BJ Pro Welding Lantis), Mile Stewart (No86 Rhema 1) and Chandre Kruger (#24 Gilus IT SAP Sting). There is also the possibility, that Gregory Wilson will be making his Formula Vee debut, at Lichtenbourg, in the ex Dennis Johns Rhema 2.

A thrilling day of motorsport action, not to be missed. See you at Lichtenburg.

-credit: safv

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Series Other open wheel
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