Midvaal Vodacom Roadshow preview

With some tight battles developing in the various categories, the Vodacom Roadshow meeting at Midvaal on SUNDAY 20 MAY should provide for some interesting motor racing. Locking horns on the Midvaal battleground will be Vodacom Sports ...

With some tight battles developing in the various categories, the Vodacom Roadshow meeting at Midvaal on SUNDAY 20 MAY should provide for some interesting motor racing.

Locking horns on the Midvaal battleground will be Vodacom Sports Prototypes, Formula GTi, Formula Vee and the Isondo Sports 2000 categories. Title issues are very close in three of the categories, and championship hopefuls will either be out to consolidate or make up for lost ground.

Johannesburg based Alan Eve currently leads the Vodacom Sports Prototype series by 11 points from Kempton Park star George Ferreira. After campaigning in singleseaters in recent seasons, Ferreira has quickly adapted to sports car racing and Eve will need to be on his toes.

Ferreira has a slight cushion in the points table over Midrand pair Clive Kennerley and James Kennerley with the brothers consistent performers. One of those who has ground to make up is Bryanston based Donovan Roscoe who, at the start of the season, was high on the list of possible VSP champions this year.

The Formula GTi scrap is turning into a Midrand versus Middelburg battle. Top of the championship list at the moment is Midrand stalwart Barry Ingle, who has a slender four point lead over Middelburg youngster Marco da Cunha.

Behind Ingle and da Cunha there is a neck and neck scrap between Dale Knez, who also hails from Midrand, and da Cunha’s younger brother Paolo. Both are locked on 11 points and will want to close the gap on the championship frontrunners.

At the same time Knez and the younger of the da Cunha’s will have to watch their backs. Pretoria driver Miguel Rocha is only a point behind the pair, and the battle between the trio could be a highlight of the meeting.

The Formula Vee event sees Johannesburg veteran Dennis Johns go to Midvaal with a 12 point lead over Pretoria based Trevor Smith. There is a little breathing space between Smith and fellow Pretorian Lee Thompson who is under threat from Germiston youngster David Veringa and Darren Murphy who will travel to Gauteng from Port Elizabeth.

In the Isondo Sports 2000 development category Chad Francis has built up a big early season lead. Francis is 17 points clear of Gugu Zulu, now also a contender in the Wesbank V8 Championship in the Sasol Ford Mustang, and Toyota development driver Riyad Jaffer.

Young Jaffer is just two points clear of Louis Kupai, and will be looking to close the gap on the championship frontrunners. The Isondo brigade missed the last Vodacom Roadshow outing in East London, and the stars of the future will be looking forward to getting back into action.

Gate entry at Midvaal is R30 per adult, with racing scheduled to start at 11h30.

-Vodacom-

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Series Vintage
Drivers Darren Murphy