National Vee Race, promises plenty of close wheel to wheel action The highly competitive 1300cc Volkswagen powered Formula Vee single seater category, pays it's only visit of the year to the Phakisa Freeway, home of Africa's Grand Prix Motor ...
National Vee Race, promises plenty of close wheel to wheel action
The highly competitive 1300cc Volkswagen powered Formula Vee single seater category, pays it's only visit of the year to the Phakisa Freeway, home of Africa's Grand Prix Motor Cycle event outside Welkom, on Saturday 5 July 2003 and spectators should be treated to two heats of non stop lights to flag action. It will be the first time that the Formula Vees race on the new surface at Phakisa, which contributed to quicker lap times at the Grand Prix and could put Lee Thompson's lap record in jeopardy. The event is run by the Free State Saloon Car Association and other races on the day, include Formula GTi, Formula Ford Kent, Thunder Cars, Free State Saloons, GTi Challenge and the popular annual Two Hour Endurance Race.
The battle at the head of the field, should be as intense as ever, with no less than five drivers, having already won races this year. They are, the current Championship points leader David Veringa (#3 Sabat Rhema), Alan Holm (#2 Johannesburg Bright Steels Rhema), Peter Hills (#8 Peter Hills Auto Clinic Sting), Symm Grobler (#4 Auto Mecca Rhema 2) and Dennis Johns (#12 Rhema 2). Johns was raised in Welkom and his parents still live there, where his father Donald has been hard at work constructing his new Rhema 2, with some assistance from Dennis, at the weekends. In May, Johns gave the new car a dream debut at Kyalami, taking Pole position for both races, both race wins and the fastest lap of the day and should start as favourite, to win his "Home" race as well. Hills and Johns, are both ex Champions and the field at Phakisa, should include at least another two Formula Vee Champions, in Anthony Taylor (#77 Rhema 2) and the reigning National Formula Vee Champion Trevor Smith (#1 Villieria Motor Clinic Lantis). Both of them are also capable of winning, while on recent form, it cannot be too long before seventeen year old Jody Robertson (#5 PS23 Lubrioil Rhema), also adds his name to this year's growing list of Formula Vee race winners. Another previous race winner in the field, should be Francois Herbst, having a one off outing in Ben Pienaar's Vision, while there is a possibility, that the 2001 Formula Vee Champion Lee Thompson, could be in the field as well.
Right there with them and ready to take advantage of the slightest mistake, will be the likes of Ernest Viljoen (#45 Auto Atlantic/Protea Hotels Rhema), Wayne Bennett (#10 Lafarge Readymix Rhema2), Jaco Schriks (#6 Johannesburg Bright Steels Sting), Jannie Geyser (#11 Vision), Tony Beecher (#15 Las er), Alan Kernick (#38 Tasman) and sixteen year old Wilfred Brand, in the second of the Cape Town based Auto Atlantic/Protea Hotels Rhemas. Not far behind them, Claude Cartmell (#29 Rand Brake Sting) and his brother Kevin Cartmell (#30 Rand Brake Sting), will have their hands full, holding off the likes of Ben Pienaar (#17 BJ Pro Welding Rhema), Bradley Martin (#22 Rhema 2) Nico Blignaut (#27 Gilus IT - SAP Rhema), Benny Phetla (#19 Rhema) and a host of other competitors, eager for a good result.
<pre> Championship Points: 1 David Veringa 113 6 Jody Robertson 66 2 Alan Holm 103 7 Wayne Bennett 38 3 Peter Hills 93 8 Anthony Taylor 35 4 Symm Grobler 84 9 Dennis Johns 31 5 Ernest Viljoen 78 10 Jaco Schriks 29