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Shoot Out At The Big Z The 2009 South African National Formula Vee Championship, goes down to the wire, at the Zwartkops Raceway Pretoria West, on Saturday 7 November 2009, with three drivers still in contention for the title. Three times...

Shoot Out At The Big Z

The 2009 South African National Formula Vee Championship, goes down to the wire, at the Zwartkops Raceway Pretoria West, on Saturday 7 November 2009, with three drivers still in contention for the title. Three times National Champion Alan Holm (#4 Lasersprint Office Direct Rhema 2) goes into the event, as favorite, leading on points and having the experience, of having done it all before but any sort of mechanical failure, or on track incident, could see his dream, of becoming the first driver to win a fourth National Title, in the forty four year history of the category in this country, go down the drain. Up against him, will be fifteen year old Chad Van Beurden (#55 Rhema 2) who could also write another chapter in the category's history, by becoming the youngest South African National Formula Vee Champion, eclipsing Etienne Van Der Linde who took the 1994 title, at the age of sixteen. The third driver, still in contention, is Trevor Bland (#5 Rhema 2) but an accident in a Polo Cup car, at the recent Kyalami Wesbank Super Series event, sees him in a race against time, to be fit for Saturday's event.

If Bland cannot compete, it opens the door for both Jaco Schiks (#7 Lasersprint Rhema 2) and development driver Courtney Steenveld (#3 NLDTF Rhema 2), to demote him, from a top three National Championship finish. Also up for grabs on Saturday, is the 2009 Formula Vee Association Club Championship, with Gareth Jackson (#13 Lasersprint Rhema 2) and Paul Venter (#42 Nashua Mobile Lantis) due to battle it out, to decide the outcome of that title as well.

Ex Champions Peter Hills (#2 Prolantic BJ Pro Welding Rhema 2) and Symm Grobler (#8 Auto Mecca Rhema 2), along with the other development driver Zaahir Essa (#77 NLDTF Rhema 1) and Johan Gouws (#9 Mantis) will complicate things, for Holm, Van Beurden, Bland, Schriks and Steenveld, at the head of the field and the lead bunch should produce plenty of close multi car action, throughout both, of the twelve lap heats. A little further back, Jackson and Venter, will also have their Formula Vee Association title battle complicated for them, as they battle off the close attentions of Alan Eustice (#16 Execuline Rhema 2), Nico Blignaut (#15 Gilus IT SAP Rhema 2), Jannie Geyser Jnr (#63 Geyser Racing Rhema 2) and Jannie Geyser Snr (#64 Geyser Racing Vision).

Others to watch out for who could also get in amongst the Formula Vee Association Competition contenders, are Henk Swanepoel (#28 Rent a Renovator Rhema2), Hugo Wallendorf (#45 BJ Pro Welding Lantis) and Greg Wilson (#30 Rhema 2), while a much improved Chandre Kruger, in his extensively rebuilt #28 Sting, could get in amongst them as well.

Saturday's event, at the Pretoria West circuit, includes Regional Championship Races for Formula Ford and Formula GTi single seaters, Super Saloons and Modified Production Cars, Lotus Challenge and 250cc Super Karts and Club Championship events, for Silver Cup Saloon Cars, Goldwagen MotoEuro Super Hatch cars, a combined event for Alfa Trofeo and Cobra Club cars and two twelve lap heats, for the Justbiketyres/Z Thunder Bikes, while the Sports Racing Association close off the day's proceedings, with a mini endurance race. This dynamic mix of National, Regional and Club racing, encompassing Saloon Cars, Sports and Sports Racing Cars, Single Seaters and Motor Cycles, is a family outing not to be missed.

See you at Zwartkops.

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