Extreme Festival
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Battle Resumes, At Kyalami

Extreme Festival, racing action, returns to Gauteng on the 24th May, with the third round of the series taking place, at the Kyalami Grand Prix circuit. Included in the line-up of events, will be the third round of the 2014 Hankook SA National Formula Vee Championship. This highly competitive single seater category, should once again see a titanic struggle at the head of the field, where 2012 SA National Champion Jaco Schriks (Lasersprint / Office Direct Rhema 2), currently enjoys a six point advantage, over four times SA National Formula Vee Champion Alan Holm (Office Direct / Lasersprint Rhema 2).
This will however, not be just a two horse race. Looking to recover lost ground, will be three times SA National Formula Vee Champion Peter Hills (Renexcon Rhema 2) and Association Chairman Greg Wilson (Reflex Solutions Forza ZA). Wilson has the pace, to run with the best of them but his position on the Championship log has been compromised, by small mechanical failures in the second heats, of both the previous events and he will be hoping for better reliability, at Kyalami. Wilson currently languishes in sixth place, on the National Championship log and will be looking to unseat young Trystan Alford (Castle Graphics Rhema 2) and his own team mate Michael Mastnek (Reflex Solutions Forza), before making inroads into the advantage that the rest of those ahead of him, have established. Other drivers more than capable of challenging for the lead are Gert Van Den Berg (BP Nantes Motors Rhema 2) and veteran Symm Grobler (Rhema 2) who had his engine catch fire in the first heat, at Phakisa and was out for the rest of the day.
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Challenging for the remaining points scoring opportunities, at Kyalami, should be Ben Pienaar (BJ Pro Welding Rhema 2), Danny de Bruyne (Caelex / Phillips Rhema 2), Luschen Ramchander (Miami Products and Services / Ansana Logistics Forza), Henk Swanepoel (Renexcon Rhema 2), Barry Du Plessis (Tri Star Construction Rhema 1), Ricardo Tafani (Club Refrigeration Forza), Martin Singleton (Forza) and Vaughan Hills (Renexcon Rhema 1).

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Bradley Benningfield (General Energy Systems Rhema 2) must be wondering just what he has to do to change his rotten luck, so far this season. After retiring at the end of the first lap, at Zwartkops, he only managed two laps of racing at Phakisa, before gearbox problems side lined him for the rest of the day.
See you at Kyalami on 24th of May 2014.
By: Kevin Jenkins
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