The 2004 South African National Formula Vee Championship gets into full stride, with the third round of the Championship taking place at Kyalami, this Saturday 3 April 2004. So far, Symm Grobler (#2 Auto Mecca Rhema 2) has made the early running, for the 2004 National Title but after a costly mistake at Zwartkops and an unfortunate mechanical failure in the rain, at the Wesbank Raceway, Dennis Johns (#3 Goldco Midas Rhema 2) will be keen to start making up lost ground. They will however not have things all their own way and Alan Holm and Jaco Schriks, in their new Johannesburg Bright Steels Rhema 2s, along with the likes of ex Champion Peter Hills (#5 Vacuform Rhema), Lee Thompson (#11 Rhema) and eighteen year old Jody Robertson (#6 Rhema), can also be counted on to make their presence felt.

Behind them, a whole host of competitors have put in some good early season performances and staked their claim, to increased recognition. None more so, than Formula Vee Development Driver Benny Phetla (#17 Vacuform Rhema) who produced two spectacular drives, in the wet conditions that prevailed at the Wesbank Raceway, for round two of the Championship. Someone else that shone in the wet that day, was Cape Town’s Doug MacDonald (#28 Rhema), while Tony Beecher (#27 Beecher), Bradley Martin (#22 Rhema 2) and Kevin Cartmell (#21 Rand Brake Sting), have all produced some confidence building early season results.

Looking to improve on a poor start to the season, will be Wayne Bennett (#10 Lafarge Readymix Rhema 2) and Anthony Taylor (#7 Vacuform Rhema 2), although there is a rumor, that Taylor’s car will be driven by Geoff Tugwell, at this event. Claude Cartmell (#15 Rand Brake Sting) will also be hoping for better results and Alan Kernick (#38 Tasman), makes his first appearance of the year.

Due to make their National Formula Vee debuts at Kyalami, should be JP Nortje (#50 Sting) and sixteen year old ex Karter Jonathan Vilaca (#70 Vision), while regular Formula Vee Association development drivers Kearn Francis (#52 Rhema) and Dayview Mogane (#53 Alley), should be in the field as well.

The SCC Easter Challenge race meeting, offers Kyalami race fans a variation on the regular Power Tour mix and in addition to the third round of the 2004 SA National Formula Vee Championship, there will be Regional Championship races for Thunder Cars, Lotus Challenge and 250cc Super Karts, as well as Club Championship races for the Silvercup Challenge and the new Open Sports Car series, with a twenty lap Easter 100 Challenge, at the end of the day. Racing is scheduled to get underway at 10h15 and the full program of thirteen races, should have something to suit all tastes.

Latest Formula Vee Championship Standings:

1 Symm Grobler 53 2 Alan Holm 39 3 Jody Robertson 37 4 Dennis Johns 28 5 Peter Hills 25 6 Jaco Schriks 25 7 Tony Beecher 18 8 Benny Phetla 16 9 Bradley Martin 15 10 Doug MacDonald 12

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