Endorsing the performance-enhancing characteristics of Sasol’s fuel and lubricant products, Sasol’s Top Gun racers, Gary Formato, Phillip Kekana, Schalk Burger, Visser du Plessis and Gugu Zulu all took podium honours at this past weekend’s Vodacom Power Tour (Welkom) and Subaru Cape Rally (Western Cape) events. -

- At Phakisa Freeway, overcome by a day-long dust storm, Formato took his much-improved Sasol Ford Mustang to pole position and a brace of victories, ahead of championship leader, Johan Fourie, in the WesBank V8 events, to move to a close 3rd in the 2004 series, with two race meetings remaining. The four race wins in a row (two in East London in August) have given Formato and his hard-working team renewed hope in a turnaround of fortunes for the remaining two events, in East London (9 October) and Kyalami (6 November). -

- Despite a problem with the barometric sensor on Phillip Kekana’s Class B Sasol Toyota RunX Rsi Production Car, causing the engine to run rich, he was classified 3rd in both his tough races, and second overall for the day. The Sowetan still has a mathematical chance of claiming second in class for 2004, behind the turbo-charged Castrol Mini Cooper S of Shaun van der Linde, due to receive kilowatt output restriction (in the turbo) next season. On the wet and miserable Subaru Cape Rally, Schalk Burger drove his Sasol-powered Bridgestone Subaru Impreza Sti to victory and 2004 Production Car class honors, for the second consecutive year in the Sasol SA Rally Championship. -

- The veteran, retiring from competition this year, led home local favourites, Serge Damseaux/Robert Paisley’s Team Castrol Toyota RunX RSi by a full 1 min 48 sec in the tricky conditions. -

- Another Sasol-supported pairing, Visser du Plessis and Thilo van Westernhagen (Outsurance/Metmeister Subaru) were 3rd. -

- Sasol Top Guns, Gugu Zulu and Llywellyn Fourie, endured a broken gearbox on stage one, to record 2nd in class A5 in their Sasol Volkswagen Chico. -

- Their patience and endurance has put the two youngsters in the opportunity of still claiming the class honours come the final round of the 2004 Sasol Championship, the Great North Rally, around Tzaneen, on 15 and 16 October. -

- Pumped up by another of Sasol’s performance-enhancing products, the unique synthetic A1 aviation jet fuel, the four-plane Sasol Tiger Aerobatic team will be a “headline” act at the huge Waterkloof Airforce Base Airshow this Friday and Saturday (24 and 25 September). -

- Their renowned precision formation flying and new smoke effects are sure to thrill the envisaged 200 000 spectators over the two days at the show, just North of Pretoria, at about midday each day. -

- Entrance to the show, also packed with the latest SA military and airforce hardware, is a mere R40 for adults. -

- For more inside news and information on Sasol’s Top Gun racing and Aerobatic teams visit www.sasolracing.co.za. -

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