The fifth round, of the 2003 South African Formula Vee National Challenge series, takes place at Kyalami on Saturday 24th May and should produce plenty of good close racing action. Four different winners have emerged so far this year...
The fifth round, of the 2003 South African Formula Vee National Challenge series, takes place at Kyalami on Saturday 24th May and should produce plenty of good close racing action. Four different winners have emerged so far this year and there is no doubt, a few still to come. The event at Kyalami also includes Regional Championship and Club races, for Formula GTi single seaters, Historic Racing Car Register Classics, Lotus Challenge, Superhatch, Fine Cars and 250 Superkarts.
Hoping to make amends, after his Zwartkops performance, will be Alan Holm (#2 Johannesburg Bright Steels Rhema) who suddenly finds himself trailing log leader David Veringa (#3 Sabat Rhema), by twelve points. Holm had been right up there with Veringa all year and headed the table for a while. Up against them, will be the wily old dogs, 1999 Formula Vee Champion Peter Hills (#8 Peter Hills Auto Clinic Sting) and Symm Grobler (#4 Auto Mecca Rhema 2). Both these veterans of Formula Vee racing, have proved that they can still win races against the young hot shots of today, while 1997 and 1998 Formula Vee Champion Anthony Taylor (#77 Rhema 2) has shown that he has lost none of his pace, since he returned to the category and he actually led the Zwartkops race briefly. Someone else who cannot be discounted, is seventeen year old Jody Robertson (#5 Rhema), who served notice of his intentions, by taking pole position for both heats at Zwartkops. Cape Town's Ernest Viljoen (#45 Auto Atlantic/Protea Hotels Rhema) is also knocking on the door of a race win and the 2000 Formula Vee Champion Dennis Johns, should be making his long awaited return to the category, in his brand new #12 Rhema 2. Other ex Formula Vee Champions that will be in action at Kyalami, are the 2001 Champion Lee Thompson, possibly driving Wesleigh Orr's Rhema and the current reigning Champion, Trevor Smith (#1 Lantis).
Not far behind these leading contenders, will be the likes of Wayne Bennett (#10 Lafarge Readymix Rhema 2), the sixteen year old Cape Town based Wilfred Brand (#14 Auto Atlantic/Protea Hotels Rhema), Jaco Schriks (#6 Johannesburg Bright Steel Sting) and Ben Pienaar, who should be having his first race in the ex Andre Herbst #17 Rhema. Others keeping them honest, will be the likes of Bradley Martin (#22 Rhema 2), Jannie Geyser (#11 Vision), Tony Beecher (#15 Lazer), Nico Blignaut Jnr (#27 Gilus IT - SAP Rhema), Claude Cartmell (#29 Rand Brake Sting), Andre Van Der Merwe (#31 Rhema) and Alan Kernick (#38 Tasman 96). Also coming up from Cape Town for the race, will be Doug MacDonald (#37 Rhema), while Potchefstroom's Jaco Greyling has recently acquired the ex Gerhard Olivier # 54 Rhema and will be having his first outing in the new car, at Kyalami. <pre> Current Championship Points: 1 David Veringa 101 6 Jody Robertson 45
2 Alan Holm 89 7 Wayne Bennett 36
3 Peter Hills 78 8 Wilfred Brand 26
4 Symm Grobler 69 9 Jaco Schricks 25
5 Ernest Viljoen 66 10 Anthony Taylor 21