Holm Back On Top Having missed the Kyalami event, in April, to compete in the South African Iron Man Competition, it has taken Alan Holm (Lasersprint Rhema 2) a mere two events, to regain the Championship lead and put himself firmly back...
Holm Back On Top
Having missed the Kyalami event, in April, to compete in the South African Iron Man Competition, it has taken Alan Holm (Lasersprint Rhema 2) a mere two events, to regain the Championship lead and put himself firmly back on course, for an unprecedented fourth consecutive South African National Formula Vee Title. Having been gifted the Championship lead, at Kyalami, Peter Hills (Prolantic Rigidek Rhema 2) lost valuable points in Cape Town, with his jump start penalty, in the second heat, while the Zwartkops event, saw him blow a motor, in the morning warm up. It could not be changed, in time for the first heat and Hills started from the back of the grid, in Ben Pienaar's BJ Pro Welding Rhema 2.
Dennis Johns (Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2), produced his best performance of the year and led most of the first heat, after starting from pole position. He was however hounded all the way, by a determined Holm. In the early stages of the race, Jaco Schriks (Lasersprint Rhema 2) hung onto them but then dropped away a bit, as the race progressed. Courtney Steenveld (Indy Oil Rhema 2) was pretty much out on his own, in fourth place, as was Zaahir Essa (NLDTF Rhema 1), behind him. The battle for sixth, was however a torrid one, as Symm Grobler (Auto Mecca Rhema 2), Trevor Bland (Rhema 2) and Johan Gouws (Mantis) fought a race long battle, which would see the three of them cross the finish line, within 0.881 of a second. In the meantime Hills had been making steady progress, in Pienaar's unfamiliar car, picking off those ahead of him, one by one but ninth, was as far as he was going to get.
Out front, Johns and Holm where still inseparable. Then, with just under a lap and a half to go, Johns came up to lap a back marker, hesitated for a split second and Holm was through. Johns tried to come back at him and had his nose alongside Holm's back wheel, into Turn Six, for the last time but had to be content with second place, a mere 0.186 of a second, behind Holm. They where followed across the line, by Schriks, Steenveld, Essa, Gouws, Bland, Grobler, Hills, Alan Eustice (Execuline Rhema 2), Nico Blignaut (Gilus IT SAP Rhema 2) and Gareth Jackson (Lasersprint Rhema 2). Jannie Geyser Jnr (Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2), James Evans (Gilus IT SAP Tasman) and Chandre Kruger (Gilus IT SAP Sting) all finished, outside the points, while Andrei Overbeek (Omega), had retired early in the race, with a down on power motor.
The first lap of the second heat, saw Steenveld get out of shape, at Turn Four and clip Gouws who spun but resumed at the back of the field. Jackson retired at the end of the lap, while Holm and Johns settled down, to another race long battle. Johns led across the line, for the first three laps. then Holm crossed the line in front, for the next three laps, before Johns hit the front again. The following lap, Holm was back in front and managed to stay there, despite the two of them, coming into the braking area, at the top of the hill, side by side, lap after lap. Once again, Schriks kept them in his sights, for a number of laps, with Steenveld and Essa hanging on not far behind Schriks, as well. A little further back Ben Pienaar, in Hills' car, Eustice, Geyser Jnr and Blignaut where involved in a hectic race long battle, which for a while, also included Gouws, as he made his way back up through the field, while Overbeek struggled along at the back of the field, his motor still not performing as it should but this time, he would at least be classified as a finisher.
The battle at the front, was once again going right down to the wire and this time, the margin of victory was 0.184 of a second, as Holm once again edged out Johns and they where followed across the line, by Schriks, Steenveld, Essa, Grobler, Hills, Gouws, Pienaar, Eustice, Geyser Jnr, and Blignaut, after Bland had dropped out, four laps from the end,
Holm is now back, at the top of the Championship Log, nine points ahead of Hills and he even picked up the point, for the fastest lap of the race, which was also a new Lap Record of 1 min 09.223 seconds. Both he and Johns, had turned in a number of laps, under the existing record, with both of them recording their fastest lap of the day, during that frantic sprint for the line, at the end of the first heat.