Rally action back in town

2015-04-30 06:00

Rally cars will be displayed in the parking area of Ocean Basket in Uitenhage on Saturday, while officials and competitors will be abuzz with activities of pre-rally preparation.

The first rally gravel stage of the Ocean Basket andamp; House of Steak Rally will start at Jacht Vlakte next to the industrial park in Uitenhage starting at 10:00.

This will also be the start of the second round of the Algoa Rally Club 50k championship.

Cars will then move on to Motherwell adjacent to Daniel Pienaar Road and return to Daniel Pienaar THS at 12:00, where the rally cars will take part in a stage consisting of tar and gravel.

The school grounds will be transformed into a rally stage using approach roads and around class room buildings in a display of car control and navigation in the quest to beat the clock and produce the fastest stage times.

These stages will be repeated during the day, finishing at the Ocean Basket in the late afternoon.

Competitors competing for the 50k challenge have honed their skills and fine tuned rally cars to compete within seconds of each other as witnessed in the last few rallies.

Neels Vosloo (driver) and Kevin Futcher (navigator) in their Toyota Yaris are expected to lead the pack after winning the last Algoa Steel Rally. Bryan Heine Datsun SSS, Johan Viljoen Volkswagen Golf, and Ross Bartle, Nico Smith, Rufus Neethling, driving Volkswagen Polos, are all in with a chance of producing an overall win.

Class contenders who score equal points for class wins and championship contenders are the Volkswagen Citi Golfs of Rikus Schmidt, Ashley Bezuidenhout, Stephno Pieterse, Melissa Hayman, Gavin Murphy and Ruan Gerber.

The Toyotas of Jan Vosloo and Chris Johnson may just spoil the Volkswagen party.

Spectators are welcome to follow the rally where spectator areas have been created, free of charge, including at Daniel Pienaar School.

)For more information regarding the Ocean Basket andamp; House of Steak Rally visit www.algoarallyclub.co.za

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