The first Hankook Formula Vee race, since the major upgrade of the Kyalami circuit, produced two thrilling action-packed races. Pole position went to Siyabonga Mankonkwana (Cervinia Investments Rhema 2), ahead of Ross Rugheimer (Rhema 2), Jaco Schriks (Cubed Coatings /Bean Child Coffee’s Rhema 2), reigning Champion Gert Van Den Berg (BP Nantes Motors Rhema 2), Peter Hills (LubeFusion Rhema 2) and Lushen Ramchander (TRA Forza), the six of them qualifying within one second of one another.
Positions at the head of the field where changing constantly, throughout the race. Then disaster struck Van Den Berg, as he picked up a problem with his Rhema 2 and he was the last competitor, to qualify as a finisher, one lap down.
The victory went to Schriks, ahead of Mankonkwana, Peter Hills, Ramchander, Anthony Taylor (Rhema 2), having his first outing of the year, Ross Rugheimer, Lendl Jansen (Bull Security Forza). Travas Rugheimer (Rhema 2), Ben Pienaar (Rhema 2), also having his first outing of the year, Hans Rugheimer (Rhema 2) and Ernie Vermaak ((D.O.E. Quality Parts Vision), after Brandon Hills (LubeFusion Rhema 1.5) had retired from the race.
The second heat saw Shane Helberg (Shanberg Racing Forza) involved in an incident, which eliminated him from the race and delayed Vermaak who had hit him and although Vermaak continued, his damaged nose cone gradually disintegrated, as the race continued. This incident brought out the Safety Car, not that the competitors ever saw it.
At the head of the field, Schriks had backed right off and had the whole field backed up behind him! As the race leader, no one could pass him, under full course yellow and this train of cars dutifully cruised around him, while the Safety Car driver puzzled as to why no one was catching up to him!
Once the track had been cleared, the Green Flag came out and it was back to racing, with a vengeance, with the first six cars across the finish line, in less than a second. Leading the pack across the line, was Schriks and he was followed home, by Mankonkwana, Ramchander, Ross Rugheimer, Peter Hills, Brandon Hills, Taylor, Jansen, Travas Rugheimer, Hans Rugheimer and Vermaak. Finishing one lap down was Ben Pienaar and a dejected Gert Van Den Berg who, in a few short hours had seen his hopes of back to back National Championships evaporate, due to mechanical problems with his car.
Schriks now has the Championship lead with Mankonkwana following and Van Den Berg demoted to third. Peter Hills is fourth with a mathematical chance of still catching up in the last race. So for the second year in a row, the Championship will go down to the last event with four competitors still in the mix. Join us at Zwartkops on 25 November for the Grand Finale!