FORMULA FORD, Preview, Phakisa

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The Formula Ford championship moves into the second of half of its eight round championship with round five taking place at Phakisa Freeway on Saturday 28 May. The Free State circuit is considered to be a technical circuit, with a mix of high and low speed corners set-up will be all important.

Jayde Kruger (WAP/Alto) cemented his status as a leading contender, for this year’s title, at the previous round of the championship where he dominated proceedings. He will want to extend his cushion in the championship in order to avoid the title going down to the wire.

Leslie Reynolds (Investchem) will however want to turn the tables on him. Just 12 points adrift Reynolds poses the biggest threat to Kruger’s championship aspirations, with the two drivers having traded places at the head of the pack since the start of the season.

Capetonian Craig Allan is emerging as the dark horse in the pack having faired strongly at the two previous outings.  Allan is currently third in the title standings and one to keep an eye on.

Bloemfontein’s Pieter Norval (Weels-R-Us) will feel right at home at the Free State track and will surely be aiming to impress in front of his home fans. He’ll face stiff opposition from Nicholas van Wheely (Magnificent Paints and Hardware) and Mathew Merton (Matsam Supplies).

Tasmin Pepper (Ford / Ford Credit ) missed the Zwartkops round due to a karting commitment but will be more determined than ever when she returns to the fray. Having scored her highest ever finish at the last round in which she competed her confidence will be at an all time high.

Brandon Auby ( Mica Hardware / The Glen) and Bazil van Rhyn (Air Namibia / Novel) are among the youngest competitors in the field but have shown good pace on occasion and are improving all the time.

Andreas Petrou (Investchem) currently heads the Zetec Challenge class, six points clear of Allen Meyer (Les Donnees).   Stiff opposition can be expected from the likes of  Ian Schofield (Investchem) and  Werner Scholtz (Scholtz Civils) with  Paul Shultz(P&P Flosspic / Knotsberry), Tony Mellow (Fruit Spot), FP Aldrich and Barry and Neil Harrison rounding out the field.