With less than 1 week to go, the excitement is building for the 2019 Hankook National Formula Vee Championship to start.
After all the excitement and buildup of round 1 at Midvaal, everyone was disappointed to hear of the cancellation. We have however confirmed a replacement round at Midvaal on 17 August.
So Round 1, will now happen at Killarney International Raceway on an action packed day with the National Extreme Series. Formula Vee currently has 24 cars entered for the event and with this the largest single class field on the day. So expect the racing to be top class as was the case the last couple of seasons.
The racing should be hot as always with Killarney lending itself to a battle of the slip streamers. The 1400cc near standard 8 valve VW golf engines will be screaming down the straights to haul these cars to impressive speeds in excess of 190km/h. With the minimum weight of only 525kg for the car and driver, do not be surprised to see 1 min 21 sec laptimes from the front bunch.
The man to beat will be four time champion Jaco Schriks (Cubed Coatings Rhema 2). Closely followed by Gert van den Berg (Hankook Rhema 2) and Peter Hills (Lube Fusion/DOE Engine Parts Rhema 2), but these will not have it their own way. Lushen Ramchander (TRA Forza) and Lendl Jansen (Bull Security Forza) will be in full force and trying to continue their form from 2018.
Symm Grobler (Rhema 2) who won the last heat of 2018, will be out to prove a point. A successful outing might see him make it to the track more regularly in 2019. Cape Town locals who can easily find themselves in the lead battle is Byron Mitchel (Dolphin Engineering Forza), Jason Greyling (Hi-tech Doors Forza) and Thomas van der Merwe (Lantis Motorsport Lantis) with northerns Brandon Hills (Mangaza Consultants Rhema 1.5) also in with a shout.
The intense midfield battle will rage between various Cape Town locals and Northern region gents making the trip down. The guys to watch here will be Richard Carr (Rhema 2), with Cyril Somerville (Dolphin Engineering Sting), Theo Vermaak (D.O.E. Quality Parts Sting), Vaughn Hills (Hankook Sting), Roy Douglas (Forza), Shaun van der Linde (Truck City Boksburg/Len Schoen Estates Rhema 2), Nicholas van der Merwe (Lantis Motorsport Arrow) and Dave Austin (DA Racing Rhema 2). .
These guys are going to have one intense corner after another with the battles of their lives.
Then there are dark horses from Cape Town and the Northerns Rookie MD Bester. The Cape Town guys to be out there having dices right to the end will be Zane Amundsen (Yellow Capital Lantis), Haydn Elwood (Lantis), Blaze Nicholas (Dolphin Engineering Lantis) and rookie Donovan Ramsey (Dolphin Engineering Lantis). Not much is known about their prowess, but it will be interesting to note their progress over the weekend.
Formula Vee is alive and well and is planning on taking over the show at the Killarney International Raceway come Saturday 11 May.
The racing will be brought to you by Hankook and RiskSure, and you can be sure these will be the toughest battles on the grid from the best value for money racing category in the country.
Story by Gert van der Berg on behalf of Formula Vee South Africa