Stuart chasing Road to Indy prize at Killarney
What Investchem Formula 1600 Championship Round 8 Report
Where Killarney International Raceway, Cape Town
When Saturday 22 September 2018
Community South Africa National
Bloemfontein teenager Stuart White has one hand on the big prize as the Investchem Formula 1600 championship on the Road to Indy returns to Killarney in Cape Town for the penultimate round of the championship 22 September. White (Fantastic Racing Mygale) has a 22-point championship lead over Nicholas van Weely (Magnificent Paints & Hardware van Diemen), which means that Stuart just needs to score just a single point more than Nicholas to clinch the title and bag that Road to Indy prize.
It’s been an intriguing season so fas as White and van Weely shared race wins through the season, with White winning the four opening races at Kyalami’s season opener and round 2 at Killarney, before van Weely took control of the next four rounds at Zwartkops and East London. The duo then shared the race wins and second places in soaking wet Port Elizabeth before the battle moved on to Zwartkops, where Scott Temple(Road to Race Mygale) won both races but White beat van Weely, before White swept the board at Kyalami last time out.
Temple is meanwhile involved in a close tussle for that championship third with Alex Gillespie (ERP Trucking Components Mygale), while Andrew Schofield (Investchem Mygale) sits comfortably behind them. There’s a most interesting title tussle next up between young guns Tiago Rebelo (TRMS Mygale), Siyabonga Mankonkwana (Cervinia Investments/Max Q Mygale) and local lad Andrew Rackstraw (Investchem/RDSA Mygale). Rebelo scored a maiden podium last time out, but Rackstraw and Mankonkwana are both due a break, while another Cape driver, Joshua Dolinschek (Makita Mygale) and Brendan Tracey (Investchem Mygale) are right in there too.
It’s also all to play for between the madalas in Class B, where David Jermy (Fantastic Racing Mygale) has sneaked ahead of Ian Schofield (Investchem Mygale) in the championship, while Allen Meyer (van Diemen) won last time out and don’t discount Gerald Wright (Fantastic Racing Mygale) or Gerard Geldenhuys (Abacus Divisions Mygale) among the old men either…
Winning the Investchem Formula 1600 championship is a big deal considering that the champion wins the chance to compete in that US Road to Indy shootout in December with many opportunities open to a successful run in Arizona. All Stuart White needs to do is score one point more than Nicholas van Weely at Killarney this weekend, so it's bound to be a tense afternoon in the shadow of Table Mountain…
Issued on behalf of Investchem Formula 1600
Photography by: Paul Bedford
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