A Double Victory for Hills at Zwartkops He was chased all the way by, Alan Holm (Laser Sprint Rhema 2) but in the end, it was Peter Hills (Vacuform Rhema 2) who secured both victories, by the narrowest of margins, during the penultimate round of...
A Double Victory for Hills at Zwartkops
He was chased all the way by, Alan Holm (Laser Sprint Rhema 2) but in the end, it was Peter Hills (Vacuform Rhema 2) who secured both victories, by the narrowest of margins, during the penultimate round of the Pro Tour South African National Formula Vee Championship at Zwartkops World of Motoring. After winning the first seven heats of the year, Holm has now failed to win a race, in the past seven heats, with the victories either going to Hills or Dennis Johns (Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2). During that time, Holm has secured six second places and one third and although there is still a mathematical chance that Holm can be beaten, only a total disaster, in the final event at Kyalami, on the 3rd November, can prevent Holm from becoming the first driver in the forty two year history of the category, to secure three back to back National Championships.
Starting from pole position in the first heat, Hills took the lead and although he opened a small gap early on, Holm chased him down, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process. Behind them, there was a good close battle for third, involving Johns, Symm Grobler (Auto Mecca Rhema 2) and Azeem Boomberg (Rhema 1), competing in only his second Formula Vee event! Unfortunately Boomberg missed a gear, over revved the motor and was relegated to the roll of spectator for the rest of the day. Grobler then had a venturie come loose, in one of the carburetors and started falling back, with a misfire. He was soon swallowed by the next group, where Jaco Schriks (Lasersprint Rhema 2) Courtney Steenveld (NLDTF Indy Oil Rhema 1) and Trevor Bland (Rhema 2) where engaged in an even more furious battle, swapping places on a regular basis, all around the circuit.
There where other battles further down the field as well, with Jannie Geyser Jnr (Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2), Gareth Jackson (Laser Sprint Rhema 2), Nico Blignaut (Gilus IT SAP Rhema 1) and Ben Pienaar (BJ Pro Welding Rhema 1) fighting it out, until Pienaar spun at the Top of the Hill. Even John Lerm (Racing for Wild Life Sting) and Charles Roets (Sting) had a bit of a battle, at the back og the field for a while. In the end, it was however Hills who took the first race victory, 0.588 of a second, ahead of Holm. Third place went to Johns and he was followed home, by Schriks, Bland and Steenveld, the three of them crossing the line within 0.433 of a second. Zaahir Essa (NLDTF Rhema 1), finished just over a second behind them and he was followed across the line, by James Leach (Auto Fair Rhema 1), Jannie Geyser (Geyser Attorneys Vision), Jackson, Blignaut and Geyser Jnr.
The second heat, saw Hills chased all the way, by Holm and although Holm put his nose inside Hills at Turn Two, on a number of occasions, the door was always firmly shut in his face. Behind them, Johns had things pretty much under control, in third place, ahead of Schriks but Schriks retired early in the race, handing the position to Steenveld. Then, trying to close the gap to Johns, Steenveld spun at Turn Two, losing a number of places in the process. By this time, Grobler had made his way up, from thirteenth place on the grid, to fifth and inherited fourth, when Steenveld spun.
Also carving his way up the field, from the back of the grid, was Bradley Martin (Rhema 2), while Denver Pienaar (Vision) was struggling with a miss fire and dropping back down the field. Leach had lost his nose cone in an early scuffle. He soon found himself running on his own and with no real pressure, he was not too badly affected by it. Once again there where a number of battles raging further down the field and Lerm and Roets where once once again locked in battle as well.
At the end of the race, Hills secured his second victory of the day, 0.270 of a second, ahead of Holm and they where followed across the line, by Johns, Grobler. Bland, Essa, Steenveld, Leach, Blignaut, Geyser, Martin and Pienaar.