Holm Finishes Season in Style Having secured the 2006 South African National Formula Vee Championship, in East London the previous weekend, Alan Holm (JBS Lasersprint Rhema 2) turned the final championship race of the year, into a...
Holm Finishes Season in Style
Having secured the 2006 South African National Formula Vee Championship, in East London the previous weekend, Alan Holm (JBS Lasersprint Rhema 2) turned the final championship race of the year, into a victory celebration, with two dominant wins at the WesBank Raceway. His JBS Lasersprint teammate Jaco Schriks also had a good day, with two second place finishes, securing him a third place finish on the National Championship log, behind Peter Hills (Vacuform Rhema 2) who could only manage a twelfth place finish in the first heat, slowed by binding rear brakes and then retired from the second heat without completing a lap, when he ran the bearings of his motor.
At the start of the first heat, it did not take Holm long to get to the front of the pack and once there, he powered his way to an almost unheard of eighteen second victory. Second into Turn One, at the start of the first flying lap, was Hills but it was soon apparent that he had some sort of problem and he struggled throughout the rest of the race, leaving Schriks and Symm Grobler (Auto Mecca Rhema 2) to fight out a race long duel, for second place.
Other battles raged on further down the field as well, with Jannie Geyser (Geyser Attorneys Vision), Ben Pienaar (BJ Pro Welding Rhema) and Gert Van Den Berg (Rhema) locked in battle, until Van Den Berg damaged a radiator and spun on his own coolant, before retiring for the day. Bradley Martin (Rhema 2) Benny Phetla (NLDTF Vision), Kevin Cartmell (Sting) and Gareth Jackson (JBS Lasersprint Rhema) where also shaping up for a good close battle, until Jackson put a rod through the block and Phetla ran the bearings of his motor, leaving Martin and Cartmell to battle it out on their own.
Despite his advantage, Holm was not letting up and set his fastest lap of the race, two laps from the end before going on to claim the victory, from Schriks, Grobler, Jody Robertson (ACC Airconditioning Rhema2), Dennis Johns (Rhema 2) and Trevor Bland (Rhema 2). The three of them, crossed the line in just over a second and they where followed home, by James Leach (Rhema), Geyser, Martin, Cartmell, Pienaar and Hills, after Pienaar had thrown away a couple of places, when he spin at Turn One during the final lap of the race and Bobby Nel (Mantis) had retired, with an overheating problem.
The second heat produced another dominant win for Holm, who was followed home by Schriks, while Robertson chased Grobler all the way to the flag. Behind them, Bland caught and passed Johns, while Geyser had his hands full defending seventh place, from Pienaar, Cartmell and Martin. Earlier Cartmell and Martin had been hooked up behind Devan Moonsammy (NLDTF Rhema) who had failed to start the first heat but once past, they soon reeled in Geyser and Pienaar, to make it a four way battle, eventually resolved in favor of Geyser, from Martin, Cartmell and Pienaar who once again lost two places, during the final lap of the race. Moonsammy was next, followed by Jackson who had been delayed by a spin, earlier in the race, while Nel, still battling with his overheating problem and Leach (bearings), joined Hills on the list of retirements.
With only one point for the day, Hills was forced to surrender second place in the 2006 MSA Northern Regions Championship, to Robertson, while Phetla's retirement and Pienaar's last lap indiscretions, saw Moonsammy secure the 2006 Formula Vee Association Competition, one point ahead of Phetla, with Pienaar taking third place in the competition, a further three points behind.