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Local Champion Kicks of Title Defence, at Phakisa Born and bread in Welkom, the reigning South African National Formula Vee Champion Dennis Johns (No1 Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2), returns home to start the defense of his title, at the Phikisa...

Local Champion Kicks of Title Defence, at Phakisa

Born and bread in Welkom, the reigning South African National Formula Vee Champion Dennis Johns (No1 Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2), returns home to start the defense of his title, at the Phikisa Freeway, on the 14th March. In addition to the National Championship Formula Vee race, the day's program includes Northern Regions Championship races, for Formula Ford Kent, Nashua Mobile Historic Saloon Cars, Nashua Mobile Historic Sports and GT Cars, Formula GTi and 250cc Super Karts, together with Club Championship events, for Formula Libre Single Seaters and Nashua Mobile Marque Cars, providing a dynamic mix of Single Seater, Sports, GT and Saloon Car racing, along with the incredibly quick 250cc Karts. A day's racing not to be missed.

Up against Johns, in this opening round of the 2009 South African National Formula Vee Championship, will be three times National Formula Vee Champion, Alan Holm (No4 Lasersprint Rhema 2), development driver Courtney Steenveld (No3 NLDTF Rhema 2) who beat Johns in the second heat at last year's Phakisa event, to record his maiden Formula Vee victory, Jaco Schriks (No7 Lasersprint Rhema 2), Trevor Bland (No5 Rhema 2) and the other development driver, Zaahir Essa (No71 NLDTF Rhema 1). A dark horse, at the head of the field, could be fifteen year old Chad Van Beurden (No55 Rhema 2). The young ex Karter had a sensational debut, in the Formula Vee Class, at the recent Midvaal Formula Libre race, beating both Holm and Bland to the line, in the second heat.

Not far behind and looking to start their Championship campaigns, on a high note, should be Jannie Geyser Jnr (No63 Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2), Gareth Jackson (No13 Lasersprint Rhema 2), Ben Pienaar (No101 BJ Pro Welding Rhema 2), Nico Blignaut (No15 Gilus IT SAP Rhema 2), Alan Eustice (No16 Execuline Rhema 2), Jannie Geyser Snr (No64 Geyser Attorneys Vision), Paul Venter (No42 Laser) and Nicolas Tennant (No34 Tennant Life Benefits Engineering Unlimited Custom Hobbies TK09). Making his Formula Vee racing debut at Phakisa, the other newcomer in the field, will be Henk Swanepoel (No28 Rent a Renovator Rhema 1).

See You at Phakisa

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