Round 5 Preview – Can the South close the gap to the North

The Fifth Round of the 2017 SA National Formula Vee Championship, takes place on 9 September at Killarney Racetrack in Capetown. This is the return visit from a very successful race meeting held in 2016.

Jaco Schriks went on to win race 1 despite relentless pressure from Peter Hills


The race is an opportunity for the ever growing Southern Regions Championship contenders to learn from the national competitors. This information will be used to close the gap to the Northern guys. There is a chance that some of the Southern competitors might even form part of the lead bunch if some plans fall in place. Most notably are Byron Mitchell (Dolphin Engineering Sting) and Jason Greyling (Forza). They have shown pace and will have a chance of hooking onto the front bunch.

Following close behind will be Richard Carr (Rhema 1), who needs some reliability luck to go his way. Further competitors in the Southern Regions field are the 15-year-old JP Hamman (Lantis). He has various other championships under his belt and will be out to learn from the experienced hands.

Byron Mitchell

Graham Knight (Photo Hire Lantis), William Vice (Valley Funerals / Bidvest Car rental Laser), Cyril Somerville (Dolphin Engineering Lantis), Blaze Nicholas (Dolphin Engineering Lantis) will be out in full force. Delano Fowler and Ricky Anderson will also be joining the races.

The National contenders will be the regulars Gert van den Berg (BP Nantes Motors Rhema 2), Peter Hills (Lube Fusion Rhema 2), Jaco Shricks (Rhema 2) and then new kid on the block Siabonga Mankonkwana (Cervinia Investments Rhema 2). The rookie has been spending time in Capetown getting used to the circuit and will be trying to close the gap to the front of the championship.

Not to be underestimated will be Lushen Ramchander (Miami Products and Services Forza), Brandon Hills (Lube Fusion Rhema 2) and Lendl Jansen (Bull Security Rhema 2)

Gert van den BergThe last entry from the North is series newcomer Shane Helberg (Shanberg Racing Forza). He’s been improving in big steps and will have a good fight on his hands with the drivers from the south.

A good field of 18 cars are entered and the racing on the Killarney circuit is always close. Expect a multi car lead battle with lead changes nearly every corner!

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