Formula Ford Championship - Round 3, Phakisa, Welkom - 30 April. Round three of the Vodacom Power Tour at the Phakisa Freeway this weekend (30 April) will see competitors in the South African Formula Ford Championship once again at each others...
Formula Ford Championship - Round 3, Phakisa, Welkom - 30 April.
Round three of the Vodacom Power Tour at the Phakisa Freeway this weekend (30 April) will see competitors in the South African Formula Ford Championship once again at each others throats in their quest for victory.
While reigning champion Robert Wolk (AfintaPart Mygale) and Steven Morris (DAW Racing/InvestChem Mygale) came away from the second round in Cape Town having shared wins, it was the drama behind them that drew the most attention.
The talk of the day was a huge accident involving Leslie Reynolds (Wap Alto Mygale) and Jayde Kruger (WAP Alto Mygale) down the back straight in race two. The two touched wheels at over 200km/h sending them spearing off the track in opposite directions. The scene resembled that of a war zone as bits of car were strewn across the track, but fortunately both drivers emerged unscathed - a testimony to the strength of the modern Formula Ford chassis.
Wolk left the meeting as championship leader after finishing second in race one, and then winning the second, which was run in two parts due to the accident involving Reynolds and Kruger. A solid haul of points with a win and a third place finish in round one at Kyalami sees him with a seven point championship lead.
Morris won the first race in Cape Town and finished second in race two after a good scrap with Wolk. He is in joint second place in the series after failing to finish the first race at Kyalami due to fuel pump failure, but taking the win in the second. He and Wolk have each won two rounds so far, and the gloves will be off between them to add to the win tally.
Last year's series runner-up David Veringa (Sabat Van Diemen) has not found the form he displayed last year and remains winless, but he has scored well in all four rounds, and is equal second with Morris in the points race.
Expect the winner at Phakisa to come from these three youngsters as they are all proven race winners, but it would be foolhardy to discount some of the other youngsters who have shown they have the ability to win.
Craig Allan (CRT Van Diemen) made one of his sporadic appearances at his home circuit in Cape Town, and quickly signalled his intention by qualifying in pole position and leading the field across the line in race one. Unfortunately for him, he jumped the start and was penalised dropping him to eighth, but a solid third place in race two highlighted that he will be a threat if he competes regularly.
Kruger showed at Killarney that he has the pace by qualifying on the front row of the grid, while Reynolds has also shown that he can run at the front. Both drivers will make the race after extensive repairs to their cars, but may still suffer the after effects of the accident. Despite not finishing either race in Cape Town, Kruger remains fifth in the points.
Donovan Howard (Wap Alto / Associated Auto Mygale) has also shown good form this year and currently lies fourth in the championship with one podium finish to his name. He is knocking on the door of more regular podium finishes and could spring a surprise.
Martin Robinson (Hydromobile Mygale) is sixth in the championship and is always a potential front-runner if he gets his car's set-up right on the day. He is a former race winner, therefore can do it again.
Ford's development driver Jennifer Murray (Ford Credit Van Diemen) has had a torrid start to the season with mechanical gremlins hampering her campaign. Numerous retirements have seen her score just one fifth place in the opening race of the season, but she has proven both locally and in England that she can mix it with the front runners and will be hoping that Phakisa signals a change in fortune.
<pre> Championship points after round 2: 1) Robert Wolk 35 2) Steven Morris 28 2) David Veringa 28 4) Donovan Howard 16 5) Jayde Kruger 11 6) Martin Robinson 10