Local driver Robert Wolk (AfintaPart Mygale) looks set to extend his healthy series lead when the Formula Ford Championship makes its only appearance of the year at the Grand Prix Circuit in East London for round six of the Vodacom Power Tour this...
Local driver Robert Wolk (AfintaPart Mygale) looks set to extend his healthy series lead when the Formula Ford Championship makes its only appearance of the year at the Grand Prix Circuit in East London for round six of the Vodacom Power Tour this weekend (30 July).
The 19-year old reigning champion has already notched up seven wins this season, and will be hoping to add two more in front of his home fans. Last year he did not enjoy the best of days at his home circuit, but still managed to clinch the championship (although that event was round nine of the ten round series).
Wolk dominated the previous round at Kyalami, with pole position and two wins extending his series lead to 26 points. Much the same is expected of him this weekend especially as rival Stevie Morris will be absent from this event.
Morris lies second in the championship, but is switching to the Production Car Championship for the remainder of the year. He was the only driver other than Wolk to have won a race this season, with his tally of victories standing at three.
David Veringa (Sabat / Playstation2 Van Diemen) will attempt to pick up where Morris left off. Veringa was the championship runner-up last season, but has struggled to find race winning form this season, although he does hold third in the standings after consistent finishes.
He is desperate to get back into the winners circle and a victory or two is not out of the question. He is the best-placed challenger in the field to knock Wolk from his perch.
Donovan Howard (Associated Auto / WAP Alto Mygale) is just two points behind Veringa, and he will be keen to get the jump on his rival with some solid results. He has yet to win a race, but his consistency has been superb and he could just spring a surprise this weekend.
Fifth-placed Jayde Kruger (Wap Alto Mygale) enjoyed a strong meeting at Kyalami last time out when he took two third place finishes. He has shown good pace during the year, if a lack of consistency, but he could quite easily be right in the leading mix challenging for victory.
Martin Robinson (HydroMobile Mygale) lies seventh in the championship after scoring consistently during the year. He has struggled to run at the head of the pack this season, but East London was the scene of his only victory in the category, so he has fond memories of the circuit and could perhaps spring a surprise.
Ford's development driver Jennifer Murray (Ford Credit/Ford Racing Van Diemen) has endured a tough season so far. A combination of battling to find the Van Diemen's sweet spot and mechanical gremlins sees her languishing in 11th place in the points, but her talent deserves much better than that.
If the team can get the car competitive, she will be able to run at the head of the field as she did last year at the circuit when she finished second overall. <pre> Championship points after round 5: 1) Robert Wolk 96 2) Steven Morris 70 3) David Veringa 40 4) Donovan Howard 38 5) Jayde Kruger 33 6) Armani Jamrozinski 27