Round 4 Preview – Icy Phakisa will make for hot racing

The Fourth Round of the 2017 SA National Formula Vee Championship, at Phakisa Raceway near Welkom, takes place this weekend 22 July 2017. The weather will be chilly, but the racing promises to be as hot as ever.

Some championship protagonists have had some bad luck and have put in the preparation to ensure they catch back up.

Heading the championship log is Gert van den Berg (BP Nantes Motors Rhema 2) who won the last race meeting from Peter Hills (Lube Fusion Rhema 2) by 0,002s. Jaco Schriks (Rhema 2) will be back to prove a point after suffering an engine failure and then an overheating spare engine at Zwartkops. This cost him the championship lead and he will be at Phakisa to prove a point.

Lushen Ramchander (Miami Products and Services Forza) had a good weekend at Zwartkops until he spun in the second race and had to fight his way back through the field. Brandon Hills (Lube Fusion Rhema 2) comes off his best result to date and would like to continue this form. Lendl Jansen (Bull Security Rhema 2), Siabonga Mankonkwana (Cervinia Investments Rhema 2) and Ross Rugheimer (Rhema 2) have been close to the front and will want to prove they belong in the front group.

With the fast and flowing Phakisa circuit lending itself to slip streaming, this track has been the venue for some extremely close races and might be the place where they hook on and stay there.

The past couple of races at Phakisa typically had the top 5 separated by just over 1s. Other entries for the event are series regulars Fred Rugheimer (Rhema 2), Ernie Vermark (D.O.E. Quality Parts Forza), Barry Du Plessis (Tri-Star Vision) and rookie Shane Helberg (Shanberg Racing Forza). Ernie, will however be piloting the brand new Ben Pienaar Forza and it will be a development race weekend. Shane has had some work done on the car to try and resolve the brake issues and should have a good fight on his hands. Barry has also recruited his brother Visser Downey (Rhema 1). He will be out in the Shaun van der Linde Rhema 1. This is his first outing and the Formula Vee family will be there to assist.

Lastly, but not the least, the weekend will see the return of Capetonian Byron Mitchel (Dolphin Engineering Sting). He is joining the nationals for some proper testing and also get the cars ready for the September Cape Town event. Father Gordon and the master brain behind the Dolphin Engineering effort and resurrection of Cape Town Formula Vee is spending all efforts to get the new Forza complete for some testing at Phakisa.

Join us in the pits for some good chats and a great atmosphere.