The battle of the young guns will continue in round six of the South African Formula Ford Championship as the Vodacom Power Tour makes its third visit of the year at Kyalami this weekend (31 July). East London's Robert Wolk (AfintaPart...
The battle of the young guns will continue in round six of the South African Formula Ford Championship as the Vodacom Power Tour makes its third visit of the year at Kyalami this weekend (31 July).
East London's Robert Wolk (AfintaPart Mygale) has been the dominant driver for most of the year, scoring six wins from ten races, but Englishman Ian Parsons (Nu-Phalt Van Diemen) will be determined to regain the championship lead he held until the last round at Zwartkops.
Wolk missed the opening meeting of the year, but bounced back to win six of the next eight races for his current 13 point championship lead. The youngster was notorious for getting mixed up in on-track skirmishes last season, but has put that behind him this season with flawless performances.
Parsons has been at a slight disadvantage on his first visit to circuits in this country, but proved last time out at Kyalami that once he returns to a circuit he is almost unbeatable. His campaign has suffered from two jump start penalties (after a win and a second place) that have cost him severely in the points race, but he is keen to put that behind him. He knows that two wins on the day is what is needed to close the gap to Wolk.
David Veringa (Sabat Batteries Mygale) has switched his older Mygale for a newer model and expects to be in the bunch fighting for the lead. The reigning Formula Vee champion is third in the title race, just eight points behind Parsons, but has yet to score his maiden victory since joining the category. With the new car at his disposal he feels that he can change that scenario, and be a strong championship contender as the season enters its second half.
Lesley Reynolds (Airnet Travel Mygale) has scored one win this season and lies fourth in the championship. The scholar from Johannesburg suffered another frustrating weekend last time out when he failed to score a point after two on-circuit alterations. He has shown good pace though, and his only victory came last time out at Kyalami, so he could quite easily score his second win of the year.
Martin Robinson (HydroMobile Mygale) is also a former race winner in the category and has regained his form in the last two race meetings after finding a problem in his car's suspension. Three second place finishes in the last four races shows that he is ready to add to his win tally. He is fifth in the championship, just three points behind Reynolds, which will provide strong motivation for a good result.
Reigning World Max Karting Champion, Cristiano Morgado (Buondi Caffe' Mygale), is also due a win. He has recently scored a third place and a win, respectively, in two outings in the UK, and has been desperately unlucky locally. He has changed his engineer for this event, and will be determined to convert his obvious speed (he has been in pole position twice) into wins.
Donovan Howard (Associated Auto Mygale) could also be worth watching. He enjoyed the best outing of his career at Zwartkops by taking third place in both races. The results have given his confidence a boost, and he will be looking to improve on that performance this weekend.
Ex-karter Jennifer Murray (Ford Credit/Team Ford Racing Mygale), Ford's Development driver, is set for a good finish too. She has shown that she has the pace to run at the front, but just needs to find the consistency required in races to notch up solid results. Her best so far has been a fourth place, but she desperately wants a podium finish.
Paulo da Cunha (DCM Line Boring Van Diemen), Jayde Kruger (FAG Mygale), Allen Meyer (ETL Mygale) and Craig Allen (CRT Van Diemen) can all produce good performances on their day and are bound to have a good scrap going amongst themselves.