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The battle lines are drawn

2006-11-17 12:22

The final round of this year's National Formula Ford series takes place at Kyalami Grand Prix circuit on Saturday 25 November. With the overall championship hanging in the balance the Formula Ford races could provide the most dramatic races of the day.

Brett Maybery (BMR) who dominated the early part of the season now holds just a four-point advantage over nearest rival Jayde Kruger (WAP Alto). Kruger has been on top form in recent round and could well snatch the title out from under Maybery's nose.

Kruger's teammate Donovan Howard (WAP Alto / Associated Auto) could also become a protagonist on the day. Though not in it for the championship, Howard is unlikely to back down from a fight and could ell take the lead while Kruger and Maybery scrap it out with one another.

Jennifer Murray (Ford Credit) missed the previous round of the Formula Ford championship in order to showcase her talents overseas. Jennifer was given the opportunity to test a Formula 3000 car in Italy and became the first woman A1GP Rookie driver when she participated in the practice sessions at Brno in the Czech Republic. Murray has proven to be more than capable of taking on the boys or the series, something she?ll be looking to do at Kyalami.

Matthew Merton (Matsam), Andrew Becker (AJB Technical Services) Paulo da Cunha (DCM Line Boring) and female youngster Tasmin Pepper (Ford Racing / Ford Credit) will be looking to stand out from the crowd too. If things play out in their favour anyone of this trio could be looking at a podium finish.

Nicholas Van Wheely (Magnificent paints & hardware) will want to challenge further up the field as he trades in his Zetec Challenge racer for the ex-Armani Jamrozinski car. In turn Van Wheely will hand over his former car to Richard Bonnechen who makes debut in the Zetec Challenge.

British racer Rick Morris will be back in SA to compete at Kyalami he will be looking to oust Allen Meyer (Associated diesel engineering) and Ian Schofield (Investchem) at the front of the pack. They'll be keeping a close eye on aspiring youngster Pieter Norval (Wheels are us) who has had some impressive outings thus far in the season.

Also competing in the Zetec challenge will be Paul Shultz (P&P Flosspic Manufacturers / Knotts Berry food) and Andreas Petrou (Investchem).


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