Holm Consolidates Championship Lead The reigning South African National Formula Vee Champion, Alan Holm (JBS Lasersprint Rhema 2), consolidated his position at the top of the 2006 National Championship log, by taking both race...
Holm Consolidates Championship Lead
The reigning South African National Formula Vee Champion, Alan Holm (JBS Lasersprint Rhema 2), consolidated his position at the top of the 2006 National Championship log, by taking both race victories at Kyalami. He did not however have things all his own way and in both heats, he had to fight off a strong challenge, from Jody Robertson (ACC Airconditioning Rhema 2). In qualifying Anthony Taylor (Rigidek Rhema 2), had secured Pole Position but by the end of the first lap, it was Holm who led, from Taylor, Peter Hills (Vacuform Rhema 2), Robertson, Symm Grobler (Auto Mecca Rhema 2) and Jaco Schriks (JBS Lasersprint Rhema 2). By the following lap, Robertson had disposed of Hills and then he passed Taylor, just before half distance as well. The following lap, Robertson was in the lead, with Holm shadowing his every move, before regaining the lead, during the crucial final lap of the race. In the meantime, Hills had also found a way past Taylor, while Grobler was loosing ground all the time, as his steering became heavier and heavier.
Behind them Doug MacDonald (Fantastic Racing Rhema), Devan Moonsammy (NLDTF Rhema), Andre Van Der Merwe (Prolantic Lantis) and Trevor Bland (Rhema 2) where having a good scrap for seventh place, until Van Der Merwe's oil cooler started lubricating the circuit. The first one to be caught out, was Jaco Greyling (Rhema) who lost it in Turn One and spun all the way to Turn Two, where his race ended in the gravel trap. Then Moonsammy and Bland collided, eliminating both of them from the race as well, while Benny Phetla (NLDTF Vision) had retired earlier, due to a throttle cable problem.
Having shadowed Robertson for a number of laps, Holm regained the lead, on the crucial final lap, to take the first heat victory, 0,103 of a second ahead of Robertson and they where followed across the line, by Hills, Taylor, Schriks, Grobler, MacDonald, Jannie Geyser (Vision), Kevin Cartmell (Rand Brake Sting), Ben Pienaar (BJ Pro Welding Rhema), Bobby Nel (USB Lantis) and Jack Valadas (Racing for Jesus Rhema).
The second race was a lot closer, with Robertson leading in the early stages, closely pursued by Holm, Taylor, Hills, Grobler and Schriks. Behind them, MacDonald, Geyser, Moonsammy and Cartmell, where also locked in battle, with Bland coming through to join them as well, after starting near the back of the grid. Even Valadas and Greyling where engaged in their own private duel, a little further back, with Valadas in particular, locking up the brakes at the Bowl on a regular basis..
The first retirement of the second heat came from Nel who had spun in the Esses during the first lap and he had only rejoined, after the rest of the field where already long gone. He continued but pulled off to retire just after half distance. Then Schriks spun off in the closing stages of the race and was unable to restart, while this time, Grobler's steering was too lose and he fell back even further than he had done, in the first race. In the end, the second race was won by Holm, by 0,065 of a second, from Robertson, with Taylor 0.508 of a second further back and they where followed home, by Hills, Geyser, Bland, Moonsammy, Cartmell, Phetla, Grobler, Pienaar and Valadas.