SA Championship Formula Vee Race One Anthony Taylor (Rhema) won another Formula Vee thriller that saw up to eight cars dicing for the lead at times. Francois Herbst (Rhema) took pole position and made a clean getaway, but then missed a gear...
SA Championship Formula Vee Race One
Anthony Taylor (Rhema) won another Formula Vee thriller that saw up to eight cars dicing for the lead at times.
Francois Herbst (Rhema) took pole position and made a clean getaway, but then missed a gear at the start that saw him drop from first to eighth as the 27 car field streamed into the esses at the end of the pit straight.
Alan Holm (Sting) took advantage of Herbst's mishap to lead onto the back straight, but by the time the cars reached the end of the long one kilometre straight Taylor had slipstreamed his way past.
Joining the scrap at the front was Symm Grobler (Rhema), Jaco Swanepoel (Rhema), Peter Hills (Rhema), Dennis Johns (Lazer) and James Leach (Arrow).
Taylor led across the line at the end of lap one, but on the next lap it was Holm ahead. Taylor was back in front for lap three but only third on lap four. Initially, Holm, Taylor and Grobler had broken away from the pack, yet by lap five the train of cars was eight long.
On lap seven, the battle came to a head when Herbst's gear linkage broke down the back straight delaying those following him closely. The incident split the cars up for the final lap run to the line and gave Taylor the advantage.
He held a 0,7 sec advantage over Holm as they crossed the line to start the last lap - enough to break the slipstream down the straight. The latter was closely pursued by Swanepoel, with Johns, Grobler and Leach in close attendance. By now, Hills had slowly dropped off the pace and was lagging 3 sec back in seventh.
Taylor held on to win by 0,7 sec from Swanepoel who took advantage of a last lap slipstream to relieve Holm of second. Johns finished fourth ahead of Grobler and Leach. Only 2,5 sec separated the top six at the flag.
Top 10 1) Anthony Taylor 2) Jaco Swanepoel 3) Alan Holm 4) Dennis Johns 5) Symm Grobler 6) James Leach 7) Peter Hills 8) Jorge Pinto 9) John Koutsoudakis 10) Paul Still
The second race was another good scrap at the front although the bunch was a little more spread out than in the first. Once again though, reigning champion Taylor was the man in front at the end of the race to take his second win of the day.
After both Taylor and Swanepoel had almost jumped the start, it was Taylor who led off the line and onto the back straight. However, by the end of the long haul it was Swanepoel at the head of the field from Taylor, Jorge Pinto (Lazer), Grobler, Holm, Leach, Paul Still (Vision), Hills and Johns.
Swanepoel, Taylor, Holm and Grobler then proceeded to fight for the lead with all except Grobler leading at some point. Starting the final lap in second behind Taylor, Grobler seemed to be perfectly placed to lead when it mattered, but he overdid his braking at the end of the back straight and spun down the field to tenth place.
Taylor once again came through to win from Swanepoel and Holm to take the championship lead by two points from Herbst. These three were separated by 1,5 sec on the line. Hills finished fourth, 3 sec ahead of Pinto who pipped Herbst by 0,4 sec after the latter had driven superbly to come through from the rear of the grid.
Top 10 1) Anthony Taylor 2) Jaco Swanepoel 3) Alan Holm 4) Peter hills 5) Jorge Pinto 6) Francois Herbst 7) Dennis Johns 8) James Leach 9) Paul Still 10) Symm Grobler