Rally stages re-organised owing to rain

2016-09-08 06:00
=Stephno and Lario Pieterse driving a Volkswagen Polo stuck in the mud at Motherwell.                                                           Photo: SUPPLIED

=Stephno and Lario Pieterse driving a Volkswagen Polo stuck in the mud at Motherwell. Photo: SUPPLIED

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The Engen Penford rally, held in Uitenhage last Saturday, became a challenge in the rain causing some stages to be cancelled.

The organisors of the event, Algoa Rally Club, had to make the decision to cancel the event or reorganise the sequence of stages.

“With the freshly graded stages of Spider Web and Jachtvlakte impassable, they had to be cancelled for safety reasons. It was decided to continue using repeated stages at Daniel Pienaar school, predominantly tar, and Motherwell with a gravel finish surface,” said Neville Bartle from Algoa Rally Club.

The front runners and championship leaders Johan and Juane Viljoen driving a Volkswagen Polo, were continuously challenged by Rikus Schmidt and Sherilee Pieterse, all fathers and daughters driving similar vehicles, sharing stage wins and finishing 49 seconds apart after 65 Kilometres of special stages.

Results

1. Johan Viljoen & Juane Viljoen (S3 - VW Polo); 2. Rikus Schmidt & Sherilee Pieterse (S2 - VW Polo); 3. Rufus Neethling & Henry Adams (S2 - VW Polo); 4. Darren Murphy & Roxanne Bartle (S1 - Citi Golf); 5. Iddo Steyn & Mark Irvine (S3 - Ford Escort); 6. Bryan Heine & Keith Heine (S3 - Datsun SSS)

Next events

The next 50k Challenge will be the Fountains Mall Rally in Jeffreys Bay, 29th October and back in Uitenhage on the 25 and 26 of November for the Heinsport 50k final round day and night rally. At this rally a Volkswagen Polo rally car will be won by the one of the competitors.

Marshals needed

Algoa Rally Club is looking for marshals who are interested in motorsport to become officials who will be trained to assist with rallies. Send contact details to algoarallyclubsecretary@gmail.com.

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