1. BUY THE CAR
2. ATTEND THE VEE MEETINGS
3. FIND A SPONSOR
4. PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE!
5. PARTICIPATE IN COMPETITIONS
6. BECOME ADDICTED!
2 December 2013
A large Zwartkops crowd where treated to no less than four single seater races, with two ten lap Hankook SA National Formula Vee Championship events, followed up by two eight lap guest races, in order to give the visiting German Formula Vee drivers, an opportunity to compete.
Starting from pole position, in the first heat, newly crowned 2013 SA National Champion Scott Temple dominated the race, and went on to finish the year in style, with victories in both heats. In the first heat, he finished nearly five seconds ahead of last year’s Champion Jaco Schriks (Lasersprint Rhema 2) who won a race long battle with his teammate, four times SA National Formula Vee Champion Alan Holm (Lasersprint Office Direct Rhema 2). They were followed across the line, by Gert Van Den Berrg (BP Nantes Motors Rhema 2), Symm Grobler (Rhema 2) and Zaahir Essa (Afrihost Forza), a split second ahead of Greg Wilson (Reflex Solutions Forza) who had a gear selection problem, losing a position, every time he missed a gear. The balance of the points scoring positions, went to Johan Gouws (Afrihost Mantis), the 1997 and 1998 SA National Champion Anthony Taylor, racing for the first time in many years and driving Gareth Jackson’s Rhema 2 for the day, Michael Mastnak (Reflex Solutions Forza), Trystan Alford (CG Print Rhema 2) and Ben Pienaar (BJ Pro Welding Rhema 2) who had earlier tangled with Luschen Ramchander (Miami Products and Services Rhema 1).
Just missing out on a point, was newcomer Danny de Bruyne (CAELEX Rhema 2), while another debutant, young Maddie Forbes (Simplicit-e Gaming Solutions Rhema 1), finished a lap down, after she had battled to start the car, at the start of the race. Henk Swanepoel (Renexcon Rhema 2) had retired due to a burst water hose, while Bradley Benningfield (General Energy Systems Rhema 2) was plagued by a host of problems, all day long.
In the second heat, Temple had a torrid time keeping Schriks at bay, with last year’s Champion out braking the new Champion, into Turn 2, with a couple of laps to go. Temple was however having none of that and returned the compliment the following lap, to take the victory over Schriks, by 0,365 of a second and they were followed home by, Holm, Grobler, Wilson, Van Den Berg, Essa, Gouws, Alford, Ramchander, Wallendorf and Mastnak. This time Forbes finished un-lapped, having improved her lap times by more than one and a half seconds, during the course of the day and finished the heat just behind Taylor who had been delayed in an incident with Mastnak. Another debutant, Theodore Vermark had arrived at the circuit, to make his racing debut and spun early on, before taking an excursion through the gravel trap and finished two laps down, while Benningfield and Swanepoel had both retired again and Hills had failed to start.
Some local drivers had also elected to run in the guest races, including Temple who made a late decision, to go out for the first of the guest races and came through from the back of the grid, to win the race, from Alford and Benningfield, with Germany’s Dirk Kornmeyer, driving Holm’s Rhema 2, being the first visitor home. He was followed by Maddie’s father James Forbes, De Bruyne, European Historic Formula Vee Association Chairman, Frank Orthey, in Pienaar’s Rhema 2, Carsten Vitz, in Mastnak’s Forza, Arno Sommer, in Swanepoel’s Rhema 2, Joachim Lutz, in Jackson’s Rhema 2 and Vermark. Failing to go the distance, were Ramchander and Peter’s son Vaughn Hills, while Winfried Kornmeyer also retired, after picking up a gearbox problem, in Wilson’s Forza.
In the second guest race, Temple elected not to run and it was Dirk Kornmeyer who took victory, ahead of De Bruyne, Forbes, Hills, Vitz, Orthey, Sommer, Lutz, Vermark who had learnt from his first heat mistakes and kept it on the circuit this time, to finish unlapped, ahead Winfried Kornmeyer who also went the distance but obviously had some sort of problem hampering his progress.