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.
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.
The Damseaux and Toyota partnership, synonymous for winning 74 national rallies and ten championships with Serge behind the wheel, took a new turn this weekend when Jean-Pierre Damseaux and co-driver Cobus Vrey extended the winning partnership with an aggressive, well controlled career first win.
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.
Chris de Wit and Dean Redelinghuys (Team TOTAL Toyota RunX) wrapped up the class A7 championship with a commanding class win – their fourth this season from six events – in the Osram Rally in the Eastern Cape on Saturday. Also class winners were reigning class A6 champion Craig Trott and co-driver Tony Ball (Team TOTAL Toyota RunX). There were only two finishers in each of classes A7 and A6.
The Castrol Toyota Auris made its rally debut in class S2000 on the Osram Rally and stunned onlookers with its immediate rally-leading pace. The Castrol Toyota team dominated the 6th round of the Sasol SA Rally Championship until the final stage, when lady luck stepped in to thwart the Castrol squad.
The factory Castrol Toyota team will debut their long awaited class S2000 Castrol Toyota Auris on the Osram Rally, round 6 of the Sasol SA Rally Championship, heralding the start of a new era for the most successful marque in SA rally history.
The Osram Rally, round six of the Sasol SA Rally Championship, returns to the awesome mountain roads in the Barkly East area of the Eastern Cape on August 15 and 16. For Team TOTAL and all the other competitors, it poses perhaps the toughest challenge of the eight-round championship.