SAFV: Series East London race report

Tennant Victorious in East London The historic East London Grand Prix circuit, proved to be a happy hunting ground, for nineteen year old Nicolas Tennant and he came away from the first round of the 2010 South African National Formula...

Tennant Victorious in East London

The historic East London Grand Prix circuit, proved to be a happy hunting ground, for nineteen year old Nicolas Tennant and he came away from the first round of the 2010 South African National Formula Vee Championship, with two wins and the Championship lead, for the first time in his brief Formula Vee career.

As expected, seasoned campaigner Peter Hills (MLS Brokers Rhema 2) took pole position, for race one, while Tennant lined up alongside Hills, in his recently acquired ex Chad Van Beurden (Tennant Life Benefits Execuline Rhema 2), with Paul Venter (Nashua Mobile Laser) and Nico Blignaut (Gilus IT SAP Rhema 2), occupying the second row of the grid, for the first time in their National Formula Vee careers.

Everyone was expecting Hills to dominate the race but after leading for the first few laps, his motor started overheating and he was forced to surrender the lead, to Tennant. Venter had a moment early on, losing a number of positions in the process and then proceeded to battle it out with Greg Wilson (Reflex Technology Rhema 2). They swapped places, on a regular basis and Venter managed to use Wilson's tow to good effect and set the fastest lap of the race, to secure the bonus point for the day. Also swapping places, a little further back, where Hugo Wallendorf (Lantis) and Mile Stewart (Rhema 1), with Formula Vee debutant Mark Stewart (Rhema 2), having to play second fiddle, to his more experienced son.

It was however Tennant who came home, to record the first victory of his Formula Vee career, ahead of a struggling Hills, while Alan Eustice (Tennant Life Benefits Execuline Rhema 2) had passed Blignaut, who had picked up a problem selecting fourth gear, to finish third. In the end, Eustice beat Blignaut to the line, by less than a second and they where followed home, by Venter, Wilson, Mile Stewart, Wallendorf and Mark Stewart.

A change of motor between heats, did not resolve Hills' problem and although he also led for the first couple of laps, of the second heat, the overheating problem persisted and Tennant swept by, to take the lead again. This time the problem was even worse than before and Hills was soon passed by Venter. The following lap, Hills regained the position but the next time around, Eustice, Venter and Blignaut had all slipped past. Then Wilson and Wallendorf, went by as well and Hills retired, with a couple of laps to go. Wilson was also in trouble, retiring just ahead of Hills, when his carburetors came loose.

Out front, there was no stopping Tennant and he romped home to his second win of the day, ahead of teammate Eustice and they where followed across the line, by Blignaut, Venter, Wallendorf, Mile Stewart and Mark Stewart.

-source: safv

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Peter Hill , Greg Wil