Gert van den Berg takes both races at Killarney

The second round of the South African National Formula Vee Championship took place with Table Mountain in the background. Killarney is renowned as being slipstream city and would once again deliver on this promise! On Friday it looked like Jaco Schriks (Bean Child Coffee/Cubed Coatings Rhema 2) was going to continue his unbeaten form. Lendl Jansen (Bull Security Forza), Brandon Hills (Lube Fusion Rhema 1.5) and Claude Saunders (Valley Funerals/Leadstride Vision) struggled with gearbox issues while Jason Greyling (Hi-Tech Doors Forza) was close to the pace but experienced engine trouble.

Saturday morning qualifying was a trying affair with the sun and mist turning turn 3 into precision guesswork. Jaco Schriks and Gert van den Berg (BP Nantes Motors Rhema 2) ended as 1 and 2 with Brandon Hills and Lushen Ramchander (TRA Forza) making up 3 and 4. Symm Grobler (Rhema 2) and Peter Hills (Lube Fusion Rhema 2) was next with Byron Mitchell (Dolphin Racing Team Forza) pipping Jason Greyling who finally ran bearings in 7 and 8. Geoff Tugwell (Solar Utility VMax) and Theodore Vermaak (D.O.E. Quality Parts Sting) rounded out the top 10 after Tugwell showed excellent pace on Friday.

Race 1 saw Schriks and Vd Berg pull away from the rest, only for Schriks to pick up a misfire on lap 8 and leave Vd Berg an easy victory. Peter Hills overtook Ramchander to the line after a race long battle to beat him by 0.032seconds. Schriks salvaged 4th. BrandonĀ  Hills struggled with gearbox issues to 5th while Grobler beat a recovering Vermaak to 6th and 7th. Cyril Somerville (Dolphin Racing Team Sting) beat Richard Carr (Rhema 1) to the line to be the first local home. Byron Mitchell and Geoff Tugwell didn’t finish the race, but was still classified as 10th and 11th.

Race 2 saw Vd Berg and a fast starting Schriks take the lead and pulling away from the rest, until Ramchander caught up with 2 laps to go. Ramchander caught up quickly but then the front two picked up the pace and he couldn’tĀ  get by. Hills snr and jnr was in an epic battle with a recovering Tugwell. They were 3 wide in some places and double slipstreaming down the straights in a great dice. This allowed Grobler to catch up and join in the battle. In the end Vd Berg slipstreamed past Schriks on the pit straight to win by 0.024seconds and Ramchander 0.5seconds behind in 3rd. Peter Hills beat Grobler by 0.288seconds and with Brandon Hills 0.106seconds behind. Tugwell was 7th and Vermaak 8th. Byron Mitchell had a better race in 9th with Cyril Somerville beating Dylan Mitchell (Dolphin Racing Team Vision) and Claude Saunders finishing 12th to round out the points positions. Lendl Jansen had a torrid weekend with persistent gearbox issues with Jason Greyling not even starting race 2.

Vd Berg took the overall win from Ramchander and Schriks.

The next round is 19 May at Phakisa and promises another great slipstreaming battle.

Images supplied by Heinrich Sauer Photography