SAfrica Formula Vee Zwartkops preview

The action moves to Zwartkops Pretoria. The fourth round of the 2003 National Formula Vee series, in South Africa, takes place at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria, on the 26th April, at an action packed race meeting which includes races ...

The action moves to Zwartkops Pretoria.

The fourth round of the 2003 National Formula Vee series, in South Africa, takes place at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria, on the 26th April, at an action packed race meeting which includes races for, Thunder Cars, Formula GTi, the Volkspares, HRCR Historic Touring Cars, Silver Cup, Super Hatch and a Le Mans Challenge.

With an expected entry in the region of thirty cars, the 1300cc Volkswagen powered Formula Vee single seaters should provide plenty of action packed racing, all the way down the field. The two leading contenders for the title, Alan Holm (Johannesburg Bright Steels Rhema) and David Veringa (Sabat Rhema), are currently separated by a mere two points, at the top of the log and will obviously both be wanting to improve their position, at Zwartkops. The first round of the series, was also run at Zwartkops and on that occasion, Veringa took a double win and he will be hoping to repeat that performance, on the 26th. Holm obviously has other ideas but neither of them can afford to ignore the pack, snapping at their heels. In the second heat at Cape Town, the first seven cars were separated by just over one and a half seconds.

The tight 2,4 Kilometre Zwartkops circuit, does not offer the same slipstreaming opportunities as the Killarney main straight but there are a few drivers, planning to give Holm and Veringa a run for their money. One of them, must be the 1997 and 1998 National Champion Anthony Taylor (Vacuform Rhema 2). He returned to National Formula Vee racing in Cape Town, after a break of three or four years and both he and his new Rhema 2 where right on the pace. By Zwartkops, the ankle that he injured so badly on a Moto Cross bike last year, will hopefully be even stronger and he is keen to prove that he still has what it takes, to win races. Another old dog and ex Champion, out to put the younger generation in their place, will be Peter Hills (Peter Hills Auto Clinic Sting), while unconfirmed rumours, suggest that Willie Ras is bringing his Vision up from Cape Town and giving the 2001 Formula Vee Champion Lee Thompson, another run in his old car. Another unconfirmed rumour, has Marius Van Der Merwe bringing a Lantis up from Cape Town, with the intention of putting the 2002 National Champion Trevor Smith behind the wheel, for the Zwartkops race.

Other strong contenders, from the younger generation, should be seventeen year old Jody Robertson (Rhema), sixteen year old Wilfred Brand (Auto Atlantic/Protea Hotels Rhema) and fifteen year old multiple National Kart Champion Wesleigh Orr, who made his National Formula Vee racing debut in Cape Town. Ben Pienaar has recently acquired the ex Andre Herbst Rhema and Jaco Greyling, the ex Gerard Olivier Rhema and both of them will be running their new cars at Zwartkops, for the first time, while among those making their Formula Vee racing debuts at Zwartkops, should be Stephen Holly (SAfm Arrow).

Kim Cilliers is racing a Rhemega this year, so Geoff Tugwell has borrowed the Sting she raced last year, for the Zwartkops race, while young Hantie Goosen should back as well and she will now be driving, the ex Geoff Tugwell Rhemega.

Current National Points Table:
1 Alan Holm 76
2 David Veringa 74
3 Peter Hills 56
4 Ernest Viljoen 51
5 Symm Grobler 45
6 Jody Robertson 41
7 Wilfred Brand 26
8 Wayne Bennett 23
9 Andre Herbst 19
10 Lee Thompson 18

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Series Road racing
Drivers Peter Hill , Wesleigh Orr