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2008 Formula Vee Championship Now a Four Way Battle The 2008 Pro Tour South African National Formula Vee Championship is now past the half way mark and there is still not much between the top four contenders, on the National...

2008 Formula Vee Championship Now a Four Way Battle

The 2008 Pro Tour South African National Formula Vee Championship is now past the half way mark and there is still not much between the top four contenders, on the National Championship log. The pressure is mounting and the race at Kyalami, on the 2nd August 2008, is going to be crucial, for each of them, with no quarter asked or given. Log leader and three times National Champion, Alan Holm (No1 Lasersprint Rhema 2), has ex Champion Dennis Johns (No2 Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2) breathing down his neck, while another of the ex Champions in the field, Peter Hills (No3 Rigidek MLS Brokers Rhema 2), is only fourteen points behind Holm, less that the fifteen points allocated for a win, per heat! Sandwiched between Johns and Hills, on the log, is Jaco Schriks (No5 Lasersprint Rhema 2), hungry to secure his first National Title, creating an explosive mix, for what should be, two red hot Formula Vee races.

Adding fuel to the fire, could well be seventeen year old Development Driver Courtney Steenveld (No8 Indy Oil Rhema 2). Steenveld has already shown, that he is capable of mixing it with the top four and in his second Formula Vee season, is reaching a level of maturity, as a driver, to compete with the best of them. The other ex Champion in the field, Symm Grobler (No4 Auto Mecca Rhema 2), can be counted on to keep them all honest, as can the other Development Driver, University of Kwazulu Natal Honors Student, Zaahir Essa (No71 NLDTF Rhema 1). Someone else who could also be there, or thereabout, after a strong performance at East London, is Trevor Bland (No6 Office Direct Rhema 2).

Formula Vee, is however, not only about the battle at the front and the likes of Johan Gouws (No27 Mantis), Gareth Jackson (No15 Lasersprint Rhema 2), Ben Pienaar (No101 BJ Pro Welding Rhema 2), Jannie Geyser Jnr (No63 Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2), Jannie Geyser Snr ( No64 Geyser Attorneys Vision), Doug MacDonald (No18 Fantastic Racing Rhema 1), Nico Blignaut (No23 Gilus IT SAP Rhema 2) and Alan Eustice (No77 Execuline Rhema2) can also be counted on, to give of their best, as they battle it out in the mid field. Hopefully Eustice and his car will be back in one piece, after he left the road at over two hundred kilometers per hour and flipped three times at Rifle Bend, during qualifying in East London, a few weeks ago.

Also in the Kyalami field, should be 2008 rookies, Nicolas Tennant (No34 Tennant Benefit Consultants Tasman), Chandre Kruger (No41 Gilus IT SAP Sting) and Andrei Overbeek No78 Omega), along with James Evans (No30 Gilus IT SAP Tasman and Andre Van Der Merwe (No51 Atlas Dry Cleaners Lantis).

The day's racing, will be another dynamic mix of, Sports Car, Saloon Car, Single Seater, Motor Bike, and Exotic Car racing, catering for all tastes, in true Pro Tour tradition, with races for Execuline Shellby Can Am, Goldwagen VW Challenge, Investchem Formula Ford Zetec, Formula Vee, Altech Kawasaki ZX10 Masters Cup, Altech Porsche Unlimited Challenge and Altech Porsche 924. As per normal Pro Tour practice, the second heats of the Execuline Shelby Can Am and Altech Porsche Unlimited Challenge, are combined, to produce the awesome spectacle of a full blown Sports and GT race, with a field in excess of forty cars, including Ferrari 360 Cup cars, the awesome Porsche 956, the Porsche GT2s, a Porsche 917 replica and the Lotus Exige. If you have not been to a Pro Tour event yet, you do not know what you are missing.

See You at Kyalami

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