Battle Resumes At Zwartkops With no less than seven, of last years top ten Championship contenders, including current National Champion, Alan Holm, taking sabbaticals for 2010, or moving on to Formula Volkswagen and Polo Cup, most of...
Battle Resumes At Zwartkops
With no less than seven, of last years top ten Championship contenders, including current National Champion, Alan Holm, taking sabbaticals for 2010, or moving on to Formula Volkswagen and Polo Cup, most of that highly experienced lead pack, are no longer in the field. There are however, a number of up and coming young drivers who have already made their presence felt and the 2010 Championship, should be as fiercely contested as ever.
Having won both hears, at the first round of the 2010 Execulone National Formula Vee Championship, in East London, Nicholas Tennant (#14 Tennant Life Benefits Rhema 2) still heads the Championship log, going into the Zwartkops event on the 10th April, despite not finishing the first heat at Midvaal, after a first corner pile up, with Keegan Campos (#22 Campos Transport Rhema 2) and Paul Venter (#42 Laser). The two most experienced campaigners, in the Zwartkops field, are however ex National Champions Peter Hills (#19 MLS Brokers Rhema 2) and Symm Grobler (#7 Auto Mecca Rhema 2). They are currently, in second and sixth place, on the 2010 Championship log. There is however, still a long way to go and both will be looking for a good result at Zwartkops, to enhance their positions, as they strive for a second National title. Another youngster with Championship aspirations, out to make sure that does not happen, is development driver Zaahir Essa (#71 NLDTF Reflex Technologies Rhema 2). Essa dominated his first race of the year, at Midvaal, securing pole position, two race wins and the fastest lap, to claim maximum points for the day and leapfrog into fourth place, on the log.
Also there and thereabouts, should be Venter, Nico Blignaut (#15 Gilus IT SAP Rhema 2), and Johan Gouws (#27 Indwe Risk Services Mantis). Others to watch out for, at Zwartkops, include Jannie Geyser Snr (#64 Vision), Henk Swanepoel (#28 Rhema 2), Ben Pienaar (#11 BJ Pro Welding Rhema 2), Alan Eustice (#16 Execuline Rhema 2), Greg Wilson (#30 Reflex Technologies Rhema 2), Hugo Wallendorf (#45 Lantis) and the father son team, of Mark Stewart (#61Direction Group Rhema 2) and Mile Stewart (#86 Direction Group Rhema 1). Having their first Zwartkops race, will be the newcomers, Campos, Hano Van Der Spuy (No50 Vision) and lady driver Tasj Van Dyk (No53 Body Art SA Omega). Hopefully, Jannie Geyser Jnr ( #63 Rhema 2) and Andre Overbeek (Rhema 1), will make their first appearance of the year at the Zwartkops tace, as well. Making his Formula Vee racing debut, at Zwartkops, should be the 2009 Max Challenge DD2 World Finals runner up, Ralph Odendaal, driving Luca Canderle's (Mr Price Red Vision), while lady racer Elna Crouser could also be in the field, in the NLDTF Rhema 1 development car.
The Execuline Motor Insurance race meeting, at Zwartkops on the 10th April, forms part of the 2010 Execuline Historic Tour and in addition to the National Championship Formula Vee race; the program includes races, for the Aucor Lotus Challenge, Nashua Mobile Historic Saloon Cars, Nashua Mobile Historic Pre 1984 Sports and GT Cars, Nashua Mobile Marque Cars, Aucor Historic Motorcycle Group, Execuline/Etana Legends of the 9 Hour Pre 1966 Production Cars, Execuline Legends of the 9 Hour Pre 1966 Sports and GT Cars, Execuline Pre 1974 Trans Am cars, Hollard Classic Thoroughbred Saloon Cars and AGIP Team Cobra. A day of dynamic motorsport action, not to be missed.
for 2010, or moving on to Formula Volkswagen and Polo Cup, the highly experienced lead pack that have thrilled East London race fans, with desperately close multi car slipstreaming battles, for a number of years, are no longer in the field. In their place, a number of East London rookies will make up the bulk of the field and it will be interesting to see who adapts to the circuit, the quickest.