Formula Ford round four preview

Formula Ford Championship - Round 4, Aldo Scribante, 29 May 2004. Four winners in six races means that predicting a victor in the Formula Ford Championship races in round four of the Vodacom Power Tour at the Aldo Scribante Circuit near Port ...

Formula Ford Championship - Round 4, Aldo Scribante, 29 May 2004.

Four winners in six races means that predicting a victor in the Formula Ford Championship races in round four of the Vodacom Power Tour at the Aldo Scribante Circuit near Port Elizabeth this weekend (29 May) is nigh impossible.

The opening two rounds of the series at Kyalami and Killarney saw Brett Maybery (Investchem Mygale) and Robert Wolk (AfintaPart Mygale) dominate each meeting respectively, while in the third round back at Kyalami Lesley Reynolds (Airnet Travel) and Ian Parsons (Nu-Phalt Van Diemen) shared the honours.

The fact that Wolk skipped the first round at Kyalami, and Maybery contested only the opening round, has left Parsons at the head of the championship table. Parsons, who hails from England, is in his first year of car racing in South Africa and has finished on the podium in every race, barring one, so far this season for a deserved, yet narrow, points lead. He has one win under his belt and is sure to score many more this year.

Lying second in the points race, three behind Parsons, is reigning Formula Vee champion David Veringa (Sabat Batteries Mygale). Veringa has also been super consistent this season, finishing in the top four in every race. He has one second and four thirds to his credit, and is very keen to snatch his first win of the year.

Wolk is third in the points, just one behind Veringa. He has notched up two wins, a second and a third in the two race meetings he has contested. Had he competed in the opening round, he could very well have been leading the series. Nevertheless, he is right in the mix, and will be looking for another win or two on the day to leapfrog into the championship lead.

Reynolds is currently fourth on the points log, with one win, three fifth and two sixth place finishes to his name. Having moved up from the Kent regional series, where he clinched the championship last year, he has quickly made his mark and shown that when all goes his way he can win races. He will be hoping to hit that sweet spot once again at Aldo Scribante.

Cristiano Morgado (Buondi Caffe' Mygale) should also be a strong contender. The reigning World Max Challenge champion qualified in pole position in Cape Town to underline his pace, but an engine failure in the morning warm-up thwarted his chances, as did another engine problem at Kyalami. Should his luck improve, he can definitely win races.

Ford Development driver Jennifer Murray (Ford Credit/Ford Racing Mygale) has also shown her potential in the three rounds contested, but has also suffered from poor luck, which has scuppered her chances on more than one occasion. The former karter's best result so far is a fourth, but she is determined to do much better than that in her first season of car racing.

Jayde Kruger (FAG Mygale), Martin Robinson (HyrdoMobile Mygale), Chad Francis (Racing Factors Mygale), Allen Meyer (ETL Mygale), Donovan Howard (Associated Auto Mygale) and newcomer Craig Allan (CRT Van Diemen) are all worth watching as they can all produce good performances on their day.

Allan, in particular, has a good karting pedigree in Europe and could be a potential race winner, while Robinson has already tasted success in the category.

While predicting a winner may be difficult, predicting that the racing is going to be fiercely contested and an entertaining spectacle is not very difficult at all. Formula Ford racing regularly dishes up the best races of the day, and the nature of Aldo Scribante circuit should ensure that more of the same can be expected.

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Drivers Cristiano Morgado , Jennifer Murray