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 South African rally championship took another turn this weekend when Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton won the Rally of South Africa in Kwa-Zulu Natal with their Sasol Racing Ford Fiesta, edging the championship lead away from Johnny Gemmell and Carolyn Swan (Castrol Team Toyota Auris), who finished second overall.
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.
NOTHER rainy day in Cape Town, 2009. But what made it special was that I was suddenly transported back to 1984… A horde of Golf 1s battled for position through Killarney’s Hoal’s Hoek (apologies, Wesbank), door handles clashing and mirrors flying. And the names. Sarel van der Merwe, Geoff Mortimer, Andre van der Watt, Terry …
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.
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.