Defending champions, Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton, had yet another perfect weekend in their Ford Fiesta S2000. They won eight of the 14 stages of… Read more →
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.
Zwartkops Raceway, the scene of the Toyota Gauteng Dealer Rally finale, was also the setting for Jon William’s maiden win. The Sasol Racing Rally team Ford Fiesta’s co-driver Cobus Very scored his second National Rally Championship victory.
Round Five of the SA National Rally Championship took place in the Eastern Cape this past weekend.
Eight different stage winners, four different leaders and five lead changes – THAT was the Sasol Rally 2011.
Johnny Gemmell and Peter Marsh powered their Castrol Toyota Auris S2000 to stunning last stage win on the Sasol Rally which ended in Nelspruit on Saturday afternoon, heading a Castrol 1-3 and a Toyota whitewash of class wins on the third round of the Sasol SA Rally Championship.
Mohammed Moosa and Grant Martin (Toyota Auris) led a dominant Team TOTAL 1-2-3 in class A6 of the Sasol Rally, which ended in Nelspruit on Saturday. There was also a debut class win for Team TOTAL’s Vusi Mabanga and Shaun Visser in their class A5 Toyota Yaris.
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.