The fifth round of the Hankook / Risk Sure SA National Formula Vee Championship took place at a rejuvenated Midvaal Raceway in Meyerton.
On Saturday morning, the pole position was stolen by Gert van den Berg (BP Nantes Motors Rhema 2) who was only 0,05seconds ahead of Lushen Ramchander (TRA Forza) and a further 0,12seconds ahead of Jaco Schriks (Bean Child Coffee/Cubed Coatings Rhema 2). Brandon Hills (Lube Fusion Rhema 1.5) surprised father Peter Hills (Lube Fusion Rhema 2) completed the second row with Peter in fifth and Lendl Jansen (Bull Security Forza) in sixth. Notable was Vaughn Hills (DOE Parts Sting) that slotted into eighth. Roy Douglas (Forza) and Dave Austin (DA Racing Rhema 2) rounded out the grid with only 0,4seconds splitting them.
On the warm-up lap of Race one, the field found the last sector of the track covered in cement dust. This made the racing extremely tricky and close. At the start, Van den Berg maintained first position. Behind him most kept their positions with Lendl Jansen (Bull Security Forza) having a slow getaway. This caused Shane Helberg (Shanberg Forza) to take avoiding action and push Travas Rugheimer (Rhema 2) off the track. The lead group remained pretty much the same with Schriks finding a way past Van den Berg to finish in the lead ahead of Ramchander, Peter Hills and Jansen. This time the gap from first to fifth was less than 2 seconds. Behind them, Brandon Hills ran off the track and Ross Rugheimer (Rhema 2) and Vaughn Hills (DOE Parts Sting) came past. Brandon found his way past Travas Rugheimer (Rhema 2) on the last lap. Shane Helberg also went wide on the spilled oil and resumed behind Travas. Fred Rugheimer (Rhema 2) finished ahead of Ben Pienaar (DOE Parts Rhema 2) who rounded out the points scoring positions. Roy Douglas got the better of Dave Austin in the battle of the rookies.
Due to delays during the various races of the day, Formula Vees and Monopostos were combined for race 2. At the start, Schriks leads but Van den Berg takes the lead at end of the straight on lap 1. Peter Hills outbraked himself and did an am
azing job in avoiding the first 3 cars only to spin out into the way of Jansen. Jansen came around turn 5 and had a car facing the wrong direction. Lendl had no way out and collected Hills.
A safety car was deployed and after the safety car, Van den Berg retained the lead until the last lap when Schriks passed him down the back straight. Schriks won with Van den Berg second by 0,246seconds. Behined them Ramchander and Brandon Hills and Ross Rugheimer and Vaughn Hills in sixth. Fred Rugheimer, Pienaar, Travas Rugheimer as well as Douglas and Austin had good dices with the Monoposto leaders.
The overall victory went to Jaco Schriks with Van den Berg and Ramchander rounding out the podium.
The championship is poised after round 5, but Jaco Schriks need to be kept on a short leach to ensure he does not run away. The first three are split by only 17 points:
- Schriks (Bean Child Coffee / Cubed Coatings) 128 points
- Ramchander (TRA) 115 points
- Van den Berg (BP Nantes Motors) 111 points
The next round is at the Sasol Raceday at Zwartkops on 18 August. This promises to be a massive day with all the big guns joining the day and some old Formula Vee contenders back in contention.
Lastly, Formula Vee would like to thank their sponsors Hankook and Risk Sure Insurance brokers for the continued support. Special thank you goes out to Risk Sure for sponsoring the broadcast of the race which can be seen on Ignition in weeks to come.