With only 3 weeks to go, the excitement is building for the 2019 Hankook National Formula Vee Championship.
The season will be marked with the return of some seasoned racers as well as a significant increase in new racers joining the club.
The main sponsors for the season has been confirmed, with Hankook and RiskSure extending their commitment to the formula. The 2019 race calendar will consist of 8 rounds. It will see the return of 2 coastal races, Killarney (Cape Town) and Aldo Scribante (Port Elizabeth) as well as returning to Redstar Raceway (Delmas). The most anticipated event will most likely be the return to Cape Town in May.
Old timers and proven talent will be at the front of the field again, but there are serious contenders this year trying all out to dethrone the previous championship winners. The man to beat will be four time champion Jaco Schriks. Closely followed by Gert van den Berg and Peter Hills, but these will not have it their own way. Lushen Ramchander and Lendl Jansen will be in full force and trying to continue their form from 2018. Although there are no Formula Vee championships between these two, you can only count them out at your own peril. They are proven contenders with Lushen a proven race winner and some bad luck costing him a serious title challenge at the last races of 2018.
Regulars that make their turn in the front group are Geoff Tugwell and Symm Grobler who have both been at the front end of the field during times in 2018. So more regular visits to the track will mean they have an outside chance of lifting the coveted National Championship trophy. Racers nibbling at their heels will be Brandon Hills and Ross Rugheimer with each of them capable of joining the battle at the front.
Then there are the regulars who always have awesome dices in the mid pack. These include Ben Pienaar, Fred Rugheimer, Theo Vermaak, Travas Rugheimer, Dave Austin and Roy Douglas.
This sounds exciting, however what is more exciting is the appearance of some new competitors joining the fray. The Rookie battle for the year will be a serious one. Regular karters in the DD2 category, Jeandre Le Roux and Robbie Thompson have new Lantis cars built in Cape Town and are pushing hard to get them completed in time for race 1. Joining them will be Vaughn Hills in the ex Jaco Schriks Sting. Vaughn has proved he takes the racing seriously and will be pushing hard to make great strides from the get go. Total racing rookie Ashley Padyachee will also join in the immaculately prepared Robbie Thompson Sting. He will be handsomely surprised by the Formula Vee family spirit. We can also expect some race attendance by Michael Kernick in his Formula Monoposto championship winning car as well as another newcomer MD Bester who is buying a car from Namibia.
Then there are two old campaigners rejoining this awesome Formula. Jannie Geyser Snr and Shaun van der Linde. Both have raced before and know how things work. They are expected to be in the thick of the battle with Jannie specifically keeping sharp in the Formula Monoposto series. Cape Town racer, Richard Carr will also join the national series this year and will be assisted by Dean in order to launch a serious challenge. The last person joining a little later in the season will be Corne van Craght. The lantis guys are building another car in Cape Town and getting it ready for Corne.
So jump up, get ready and get those cars going for the first race in 3 weeks time at the ever popular Midvaal on 13 April 2019.