David Jermy (Matt Nash Motorsport Van Diemen) will be out to close the gap to championship leader Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power Royale RP31) when the Investchem Formula Ford Kent drivers make their way to Phakisa Freeway for the fourth round of their 2016 title battle on Saturday, 2 July.

Horne’s run of top two finishes came to an end at Dezzi Raceway last time out when the motor in his Royale cried enough in the second race. Jermy, who had already taken victory in the day’s opening heat, went on to take a comfortable win and move into second place on the log ahead of Ian Schofield (Investchem Mygale).

Dean Venter (Turnfab Engineering / Manitou Group Mygale) had two race-long battles with Schofield at Dezzi Raceway and two top-five finishes on KZN coast have moved him up to fourth place in the championship standings.

Dalan Holton (Debella Finance van Diemen) is just a point behind Venter and will be looking improve on that in the Free State. Both Allen Meyer (Van Diemen) and Jeff Gable (Taylon Motorsport Van Diemen) have shown they have the speed to run close to the front of the field this season but have not been able to consistently finish in the points. They are tied for sixth place on the log.

Work commitments have limited Andy Schofield’s participation this season but, despite this, the Investchem Reynard driver is still in eighth place in the championship race, just ahead of Paul Schultz (Knottsbury Foods Van Diemen).   

Others who will be making the trip to Welkom include youngster Alex Vos (Ecurie Zoo Swift), Stuart Thompson (WCT Engineering Van Diemen) and Steve Venter (Turnfab Engineering / Manitou Group Swift).

Friday will be a practice day with qualifying and both races taking place on Saturday. Qualifying is scheduled to start at 09h00 on Saturday morning with the first of the two 10-lap races on the bill at 11h45. Race 2 is scheduled to get underway at 15h20.