SAFV: Round eight race summary

Holm Dominates at Zwartkops Alan Holm (JBS Lasersprint Rhema 2) came another step closer, toward successfully defending his National title, when he took both wins and the fastest lap, in round eight of the 2006 South African National Formula Vee...

Holm Dominates at Zwartkops

Alan Holm (JBS Lasersprint Rhema 2) came another step closer, toward successfully defending his National title, when he took both wins and the fastest lap, in round eight of the 2006 South African National Formula Vee Championship, at the Zwartkops International World of Motoring, Pretoria West. Starting the first heat, from fourth place on the grid, he took the lead from Peter Hills (Vacuform Rhema 2) half way through the race and went on to finish just over one and a half seconds ahead of Hills, at the flag. He then went on to lead the second heat from start to finish, claiming maximum points for the day.

In the first heat, it was Hills who led the field away, with Holm soon slotting into second position, leaving Jody Robertson (ACC Air Conditioning Rhema 2), Jaco Schriks (JBS Lasersprint Rhema 2) and Symm Grobler (Auto Mecca Rhema 2) to fight it out in a race long three car battle, for third place. They in turn where followed by Trevor Bland (Rhema 2), Dennis Johns (Rhema 2), Bradley Martin (Rhema 2) and Jannie Geyser (Vision) but Geyser had a hair raising spin, going into Turn 1 for the third time, rejoining in second last place.

The battle for third was not the only one and further back Ben Pienaar (BJ Pro Welding Rhema) had to fight off the attentions of Gareth Jackson (JBS Lasersprint Rhema), until Jackson's car started losing power. Then Pienaar was able to hunt down NLDTF development driver Benny Phetla (Rhema), in the closing stages of the race. The other NLDTF development driver Devan Moonsammy (Rhema) was however slipping down the field, with a miss firing motor.

Once he had passed Hills, Holm was assured of victory and went on to win the first heat, from Hills, Schriks, Robertson, and Grobler, the three of them crossing the line within less than three tenths a second. Sixth place went to Johns, ahead of Bland, Martin, Kevin Cartmell (Rand Brake Sting), Phetla, Pienaar and Geyser.

The second heat, saw Holm lead from start to finish. Robertson and Schriks resumed their battle for third place but this time, Grobler was not able to stay with them and settled into a lonely fifth place. Most of the action was however taking place a little further back, where Bland, Cartmell and Martin were engaged in a race long battle for seventh place. Not far behind them, another multi car battle raged, initially involving Geyser, Phetla and Pienaar but as the race progressed, Gert Van Den Berg (Rhema) closed in, to make it a four way battle.

In the end Holm took his second victory of the day, just under four seconds ahead of Hills. Schriks finished third, half a second ahead of Robertson and they where followed home, by Grobler and Johns. Cartmell came out on top, in the battle for seventh place, followed by Bland and Martin, the three of them crossing the line within just over half a second. Next up where Geyser, Pienaar, Van Den Berg and Phetla, after Phetla had lost two places, when he spun out of the bunch, at Turn 2, during the final lap of the race. Moonsammy was still plagued by the miss fire but held on to finish, ahead of John Lerm's Sting.

-credit: safv

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Peter Hill