2005 Championship Battle moves to WesBank Raceway
The penultimate race of the 2005 South African National Formula Vee Championship, takes place at the WesBank Raceway, on Saturday 17 September 2005. The event includes Regional Championship races, for Thunder Cars, Formula GTi, VW Challenge, Formula Ford and Super Hatch, as well as a Club Championship event, for Silver Cup. Racing gets underway at 10h30, with the two National Championship Formula Vee races, scheduled to start at 12h35 and 16h15.
Heading the Formula Vee entry, will be current log leader Alan Holm (No2 JBS Lasersprint Rhema 2) and reigning National Champion Symm Grobler (No1 Auto Mecca Rhema 2) who will be looking for a vastly improved performance, to keep his hopes of achieving back to back Championships alive. The biggest problem, for both of them, will be the other contenders for the race wins, on the day. These include the 1997 and 1998 National Champion Anthony Taylor (No77 Rigidek Rhema 2), the 1999 National Champion Peter Hills (No5 Vacuform Rhema 2), the 2000 title holder Dennis Johns (No7 Goldco Midas Rhema2) and Holm's team mate, Jaco Schriks (No4 JBS Lasersprint Rhema 2). All of them, have already won races this year and will also be keen, to add as many points as possible, to their own points tally.
Up against them, will be the teenage Karters, particularly Andre Van Der Merwe (No72 ACC Air-conditioning Rhema 2) who was a leading contender at the previous race, at the WesBank Raceway, back in March. Kyle Bennett (No16 Tata Rhema) was up with the lead bunch, at the recent Kyalami event, while Laurent Calkoen (No66 Autoquip Mail & Guardian Vision) will be hoping for a better performance at the Wesbank Raceway and Trevor Bland (No14 AC DC Dynamics Rhema), for a bit more reliability. So will Jannie Geyser (No20 Vision) and joining in the battles, not far behind the race leaders, will be the likes of Cape Town's Chris Danks (No23 Stalcor Rhema 2), Bobby Nel (No25 DK Office Furniture Lantis), Nico Blignaut (No26 Gilus IT SAP Rhema), Ben Pienaar, in the immaculate No101 BJ Pro Welding Rhema, Gareth Jackson (No21 JBS Lasersprint Rhema), development driver Devan Moonsammy (No130 Lotto Rhema), James Leach (No31 Prolantic Lantis), Alan Kernick (No38 Tasman) and the other Capetonian, Doug MacDonald (No11 Rhema).
There are sure to be other battles raging further back as well and other drivers to watch out for, include Kevin Cartmell (No17 Rand Brake Sting), Claude Cartmell (No19 Rand Brake Sting), Jaco Greyling (No54 Rhema), the other development driver Benny Phetla (No9 Lotto Vision), Manie Geldenhuis (No29 Lagus) and John Lerm (No55 Racing for Wildlife Sting). Racing at the WesBank Raceway, for the first time, will be Jack Valodas (No144 Racing for Jesus Rhema). There is also the possibility, that triple Formula Vee National Champion Gawie Gouws (No47 Mantis) could be back, ahead of the Formula Vee 40th Anniversary Race, due to be run at the Altec GP Masters and Formula One Two Seater event, at Kyalami in November <pre> National Championship Points:
1 Alan Holm 186 2 Symm Grobler 165 3 Andre Van Der Merwe 142 4 Jaco Schriks 119 5 Kyle Bennett 82 6 Peter Hills 78 7 Jannie Geyser 68 8 Laurent Calkoen 61 9 Dennis Johns 60 10 Anthony Taylor 57 11 Trevor Bland 46 12 Chris Danks 39