Two dominant winners, and a championship leader who has not yet won a race, is the picture that has emerged in the South African Formula Ford Championship so far this season as the series heads into round three of the Vodacom Power Tour at AA ...
Two dominant winners, and a championship leader who has not yet won a race, is the picture that has emerged in the South African Formula Ford Championship so far this season as the series heads into round three of the Vodacom Power Tour at AA Kyalami.
In the first round at AA Kyalami, Brett Maybery dominated in his InvestChem Mygale, while in round two in Cape Town it was Robert Wolk's turn to dominate both races in his AfintaPart Mygale. It was his maiden victories in the series.
Making the matter rather complex is the fact that both won their respective races driving the same car, which is owned by InvestChem's Ian Schofield. Neither driver had intended to contest the entire season for various reasons, thus Wolk skipped the first round, while Maybery skipped the second and both just happened to lease the same car.
The above scenario has allowed Englishman Ian Parsons (Nu-Phalt Van Diemen), in his first year of car racing in South Africa, to lead the championship after scoring three second and one third place finish.
Predicting a winner this weekend is extremely difficult, as Wolk will return to Kyalami for this round in the Mygale, while Maybery was still trying to complete a late deal to lease another car for the meeting. Parsons, meanwhile, impressed in his first outing at Kyalami and will be a definite threat for the overall win.
Cristiano Morgado (Buondi Caffe' Mygale) will also be a strong contender. The reigning World Max Challenge champion qualified in pole position in Cape Town, but an engine failure in the morning warm-up saw him miss the first race as the team failed to get a new unit installed in time. He was then forced to retire from the second when his car's accelerator jammed open.
Formula Vee champion David Veringa (Sabat Batteries Mygale) has also shown that he will be a serious championship challenger this year after finishing on the podium in every race so far to hold a close second in the championship. You can bet your bottom dollar that he will be going all out to take his first win this weekend.
Lesley Reynolds (Airnet Travel Mygale) and Jayde Kruger (FAG Mygale) both produced their best performances of the year in Cape Town, and were battling hard for podium positions. If they can extend that level of performance to Kyalami, they will no doubt be in the mix at the head of the field.
Ford Development driver Jennifer Murray (Ford Credit/Ford Racing Mygale) also showed her potential in Cape Town. After starting from ninth on the grid in her second ever car race, she drove impressively to finish fourth in the first race, her best result in the category. She will be determined to once again be amongst the front-runners.
Others to watch are former race winner Martin Robinson (HyrdoMobile Mygale), Chad Francis (Racing Factors Mygale), Allen Meyer (ETL Mygale), Donovan Howard (Associated Auto Mygale) and veteran single seater racer Philip Viljoen (Mygale), who makes his debut in the Zetec class after a few years away from the driver's seat.
Championship points after round 2:
1) Ian Parsons 30
2) David Veringa 26
3) Brett Maybery 22
4) Robert Wolk 21
5) Lesley Reynolds 14
6) Armani Jamrozinski 10
Points scoring: 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Pole Position: 1 Fastest lap of day: 1