The Worst of the Worst and the Best of the Best. The third round of the 2003 Formula Vee National Challenge, was one of extreme contrast. The first heat, was run in appalling conditions. It had rained in Cape Town, for most of the night and with...
The Worst of the Worst and the Best of the Best.
The third round of the 2003 Formula Vee National Challenge, was one of extreme contrast. The first heat, was run in appalling conditions. It had rained in Cape Town, for most of the night and with the rain still falling, the circuit was very wet. Then to make matters worse, someone in the previous event had coated the circuit in oil. The track was as slippery as ice and visibility was a problem as well, with experienced drivers claiming that it was the worst conditions they had ever raced in.
It was obvious that everyone was merely trying to survive, as they battled to keep their cars on the circuit but in the end, it was the accepted Formula Vee rain master and ex National Champion, Peter Hills (Peter Hills Auto Clinic Sting), who claimed the victory, from David Veringa (Sabat Rhema), Alan Holm (Johannesburg Bright Steels Rhema), Symm Grobler (Auto Mecca Rhema 2), Ernest Viljoen (Auto Atlantic/Protea Hotels Rhema), fifteen year old Wesleigh Orr (Rhema), who was making his Formula Vee racing debut, the ex Champions, Lee Thompson (Vision) and Anthony Taylor (Vacuform Rhema 2), Wilfred Brand (Auto Atlantic/Protea Hotels Rhema), Luc Lucchesi (Lantis) and Jody Robertson (Rhema).
By contrast, the circuit had been cleaned up and was virtually dry for the second heat and what an awesome race that turned out to be. It was dominated by a race long seven car battle, at the head of the field. Positions changed constantly and a number of the drivers took their turn to lead the race. For lap after lap, the battle raged on. It was thrilling stuff and then on the final lap, Holm almost threw away his victory, when he braked desperately late and got the car sideways, in his efforts to keep the pack at bay. Somehow he managed to correct the slide and held on to claim victory, 00,042 of a second, ahead of Thompson.
In fact, the first five cars were across the line, within 00,879 of a second and the seventh placed finisher, was only 01,649 seconds, behind the winner. Third place went to Veringa and he was followed home, by Hills, Viljoen, Grobler, Taylor, Robertson, Wayne Bennett (Lafarge Readymix Rhema 2), Lucchesi, Brand and Jaco Schriks (Johannesburg Bright Steels Sting), with all eighteen starters, finishing on the same lap.
<pre> National Points after Cape Town:
1 Alan Holm 76 6 Jody Robertson 41 2 David Veringa 74 7 Wilfred Brand 26 3 Peter Hills 56 8 Wayne Bennett 23 4 Ernest Viljoen 51 9 Andre Herbst 19 5 Symm Grobler 45 10 Lee Thompson 18