Toyota Motorsport triumphed at the Toyota Cape Dealer Rally in the Western Cape this weekend as Johnny Gemmell and Carolyn Swan in their Castrol Toyota Auris held off former champions Enzo Kuun and Guy Hodgson (BP Volkswagen Polo) and Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton (Sasol Ford Fiesta) to take top honours and the championship lead going into the final two rounds.
The Ford Fiesta 1,6 TDCi Ambiente has been named the most fuel efficient vehicle currently on sale in South Africa after it claimed that title at the 36th annual Total Economy Run in Mpumalanga last week. Fifty three crews covered 1 105 km in two days.
The opening round of the South African National Rally Championship got off to a swinging start this weekend as the Total Rally in KwaZulu-Natal was contested between the Sasol Ford Fiesta of Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton and the Castrol Team Toyota Auris of Johnny Gemmel and Carolyn Swan.
Ford Fiesta S2000 pilots Conrad Rautenbach and Nicolas Klinger won the penultimate round of the South African Rally Championship, the Toyota Cape Dealer Rally, on Saturday and have regained the championship lead leading into the season finale.
Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton prevailed in their S2000 Sasol Ford Fiesta to take top honours in the Toyota Dealer Gauteng Rally, the fourth round of the South African Rally Championship, at the weekend. The event ended in tragedy for the Castrol Toyota Team, though, which suffered numerous penalites that saw both Toyota team entries bumped down the final results’ list.
Johnny Gemmell and his Zimbabwean co-driver Peter Marsh were the provisional winners of the season-opening TOTAL Tour Natal Rally in KwaZulu Natal on Saturday afternoon, giving the class S2000 Toyota Auris its first outright national championship rally victory.
The new national rally championship season got off to a great start in KwaZulu Natal on Friday and Saturday with a class win first time out in their new class A6 Team TOTAL Toyota RunX for multiple former champion s Rodney Visagie and Carolyn Swan.
Despite being forced out of the season-opening Total Tour Natal Rally on Saturday, former production car champion Visser du Plessis showed in the 11 special stages he completed during the two-day event in KwaZulu Natal that he is again going to be a force to be reckoned with in this year’s Sasol SA Rally Championship.
The Sasol/Konica Minolta Rally Team has a very clear objective when the Total Tour Natal Rally gets underway in Durban on Friday, 13 March: to retain their hard-won Production Car Championship and to achieve that aim, have acquired the latest Prodrive N14 rally car.
Charl Wilken and Greg Godrich claimed their 4th win of the year and Team Subaru’s 5th visit to the top step of the Production Car podium after overcoming real All Wheel Drive conditions in the Swartland region of the Western Cape this past weekend. The region was saturated after heavy rains in the days and weeks before the event, leaving vast tracts of land under water.
Jean-Pierre Damseaux and Cobus Vrey scored their long overdue first overall win in the Sasol SA Rally Championship when they took their Team TOTAL Evolution Toyota RunX to a convincing victory in the Swartland Rally in the Western Cape on Saturday.
Visser du Plessis and Gerhard Snyman were back in their accustomed podium position in the Pirtek Subaru Impreza N14 at the end of the Swartland Rally, the penultimate round of the Sasol SA Rally Championship, which finished at the Killarney circuit near Cape Town on Saturday.