Formula Ford round four preview

Reigning South African Formula Ford champion Robert Wolk (AfintaPart Mygale) will arrive at the Aldo Scribante Circuit brimful of confidence to extend his championship lead still further. Wolk proved dominant in round three of the Vodacom Power...

Reigning South African Formula Ford champion Robert Wolk (AfintaPart Mygale) will arrive at the Aldo Scribante Circuit brimful of confidence to extend his championship lead still further.

Wolk proved dominant in round three of the Vodacom Power Tour at the Phakisa Freeway at the end of April, taking pole position for both races, and then winning both races comfortably to extend his series lead to 12 points.

Ominously for the opposition, Wolk was just as dominant at the challenging Port Elizabeth circuit last season. Although he qualified second on the grid for the first race, he made a perfect start to lead from start to finish. He repeated the feat in race two after starting from pole position. The chances are good that he will do the same this weekend!

Englishman Steven Morris (InvestChem Mygale) has been Wolk's closest challenger this season, but this will be his final race in the series as he only had use of the car he is driving for four races.

However, he will be determined to end his campaign on a high note and only a double victory will do. He has won two of the six races contested so far, and would love to equal Wolk's score of four wins before stepping down. Last year he was involved in accidents and failed to finish both races, but he has been very consistent this season, which bodes well for a good result.

Third-placed David Veringa (Sabat Batteries Van Diemen) will be wondering when he is going to unlock the pace he showed last year and get back to winning ways. He has struggled so far this season, but knows that he must start winning soon if he is going to challenge Wolk for the title. He has the ability, and a winning result this weekend could jump start his campaign.

Jayde Kruger (Wap Alto Mygale) has shown that he is due for a win very soon. He has come of age this season, mixing it with the leaders in each round, but a number of accidents have left him languishing seventh in the points standings. Chances are he will improve on that this weekend.

Donovan Howard (Associated Auto/Wap Alto Mygale) has also improved significantly this season. Although he has not seriously challenged the leaders, he is never far behind, and consistency has seen him rack up enough points to hold fourth in the championship.

Martin Robinson (HydroMobile Mygale) lies fifth in the championship after also scoring consistently during the year. On his day Robinson can mix it with the leaders, so he will be hoping for one of his better days in Port Elizabeth.

Like his team mate Kruger, Lesley Reynolds (Wap Alto Mygale) has also shown good speed during the season, but has been involved in a number of skirmishes, which see him holding sixth in the points. He went very well at this circuit last year, so will surely be a threat if he can keep it all together.

Armani Jamrozinski (Diesel Van Diemen) scored his maiden victory at this circuit in 2003. After competing abroad last season and only joining the series late this year, he will be chasing a repeat of his performance that day.

Ford's development driver Jennifer Murray (Ford Credit/Ford Racing Van Diemen) has endured a troubled year so far after switching chassis and car preparation. She has suffered numerous retirements through mechanical failure, which has impacted on her track time in the new car. She has traditionally driven very well at Aldo Scribante though, and will be determined to show what she is truly capable of this weekend.

It will also be worth watching Craig Allan (CART Van Diemen). He was on pole and won the first race in Cape Town, only to be penalised for a jumped start. He has the pace to win races, but currently lacks consistency. Should he find the sweet spot, he can most definitely stand on the top step of the podium.

With so many potential winners and the tight and twisty nature of the circuit, the Formula Ford races are sure to once again provide superb action throughout the field.

<pre> Championship points after round 3: 1) Robert Wolk 56 2) Steven Morris 44 3) David Veringa 35 4) Donovan Howard 25 5) Martin Robinson 16 6) Jayde Kruger 11 6) Armani Jamrozinski 11

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