SAFV: Round two Port Elizabeth race report

Holm Dominates Port Elizabeth Thriller After coming away from the first round at Kyalami, virtually all square, Alan Holm (Laser Sprint Rhema 2} declared his intentions of making it four South African Natiomnal Formula Vee Championships in a...

Holm Dominates Port Elizabeth Thriller

After coming away from the first round at Kyalami, virtually all square, Alan Holm (Laser Sprint Rhema 2} declared his intentions of making it four South African Natiomnal Formula Vee Championships in a row, with two resounding victories at Port Elizabeth's Aldo Scribante Circuit. He was ably supported, by his Laser Sprint team mate Jaco Schriks who took second place in both heats, effectively running as a buffer between Holm and the other leading contenders for the 2008 title, Peter Hills (Rigidek MLS Brokers Rhema 2) and Dennis Johns (Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2) and in the process, depriving them of valuable Championship points.

The first heat, saw Holm lead from start to finish, with Schriks in second place, never challenged by Hills who ran third for most of the race, before being passed by Johns, with four laps to go. The only incidents, involved those a little further back, with Zaahir Essa (NLDTF Rhema 1) tagging both Ben Pienaar (BJ Pro Welding Rhema 1) and Gareth Jackson (Laser Sprint Rhema 2), at the Esses, in two separate incidents, while Alan Eustice (Execuline Rhema 2) ran wide at the Sweep, surrendering a position, to Jannie Geyser Jnr (Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2).

Out front, Holm experienced no such problem and led Schriks across the line, followed by Johns, Hills, Symm Grobler (Auto Mecca Rhema 2), Courtney Steenveld (Indy Oil Rhema 2), Trevor Bland (Office Direct Rhema 2), James Leach (Autofaire Rhema 1), Essa, Pienaar, Jackson and Geyser Jnr.

The second heat was a much closer affair. At the head of the field, Holm and Schriks where locked in battle and trading places on a regular basis. Initially Schriks led, with Holm leading across the line for the first time, at the end of the fourth lap. During the ensuing laps, they traded the lead between themselves, while Hills and Johns fought out a torrid battle behind them. The next two were just as tight, with Bland holding Grobler at bay, before Grobler's rear suspension broke and he was forced to retire. The real battle of the race, was however a little further back, with Steenveld, Essa, Pienaar and Jackson, locked in battle for ninth place, while Geyser and Eustice fought out a torrid battle of their own, behind them.

Lap thirteen proved to be the undoing, of both Steenveld and Pienaar, as Steenveld locked a rear brake at the Hairpin and spun and then Pienaar ran wide coming into the pit straight, was launched into the air by the rubber kerb, on the outside of the bend and came crashing down, destroying the car and sending Pienaar to the circuit medical centre, for a checkup. Back on the circuit, it was however Holm who beat Schrils to the line, by 0.179 of a second and they where followed home, by Johns, Hills, Bland, Leach, Essa, Jackson, Eustice, Geyser Jnr, Steenveld and Nichols Tennent (Tennant Life Benefits Tasman), securing his first National Championship point, in his second Formula Vee race meeting.

-credit: safv

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Peter Hill