Fest of rally action for local fans

2016-07-14 06:00
VW Rally participant Andrew Heine in his privately run Volkswagen Polo R2 S1600.     Photo: DAVID LEDBITTER

VW Rally participant Andrew Heine in his privately run Volkswagen Polo R2 S1600. Photo: DAVID LEDBITTER

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The VW AutoPavilion in Uitenhage will once again feature as the starting point of the Volkswagen Rally, where the first car is set to leave the ramp tomorrow at 13:45, heading towards stage 1 at the close-by Jachtvlakte.

It is going to be a tough challenge for the competitors as the Volkswagen Rally has an unforgiving nature for any team that is even slightly under-prepared. There will be 12 stages of competition which are spread over two days – with a total stage distance of nearly 190 km.

“It isn’t going to be an easy rally, but it certainly is going to be interesting and the teams will know they’ve just finished a round of the national championship by the time they are done,” says route directors Joe and Rikus Fourie.

At the AutoPavilion rally fans will have the opportunity to meet the teams and see the cars up-close. The overnight parc ferme for the event tomorrow is Bay West Mall – it is also the location for the restart of the Volkswagen Rally on Saturday morning.

“There are a few new challenges to consider. The Bay West Mall stage is a new one – and that will be the highlight to end the first day of the event.”

“We’ve tried to make the Volkswagen Rally an easy one for the spectators to follow and also keep the stages close to areas where rally fans can access good vantage points – as well as using areas where the rally cars will run multiple times.”

A Volkswagen Rally spectator guide will be available online and at Market Square Volkswagen dealership in Algoa Road before the event gets underway. There will also be spectator guides available at the AutoPavilion.

It is the 34th Volkswagen Rally and it serves as round 4 of the national rally championship season and includes a regional contingent of competitors. (-Heilie Combrinck)

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