Agip Bulletin Five

AGIP RALLY BULLETIN FIVE 19/9/98 EARLY MORNING CHANGES AT THE TOP OF THE LEADERBOARD There were some rapid changes at the top of the leaderboard when the Agip Rally, the penultimate round of the Stannic National Rally Championship, restarted...

AGIP RALLY BULLETIN FIVE 19/9/98

EARLY MORNING CHANGES AT THE TOP OF THE LEADERBOARD

There were some rapid changes at the top of the leaderboard when the Agip Rally, the penultimate round of the Stannic National Rally Championship, restarted in Cape Town this morning. At the overnight halt South African champions Jan Habig and Douglas Judd in the factory VW Golf, held a 31 second lead over Serge Damseaux and Vito Bonafede in the Castrol Toyota Conquest. Only one second behind them were Sarel van der Merwe and Martin Botha in the Daewoo Lanos with another eight seconds to Enzo Kuun and Guy Hodgson in the second Daewoo Lanos and the Team Total Toyota Conquest pair of Etienne Lourens and Robert Paisley.

After only two special stages this morning the position had substantially altered. Habig/Judd were still out in front but the lead was now down to 19 seconds with Damseaux/Bonafede taking 15 seconds off the champions in special stage eight. The big losers on the morning were van der Merwe/Botha.

The eleven times SA Champion and Botha lost around 90 seconds on special stage seven and were then delayed at a service point while technical crew sorted out what is believed to be a suspension problem. The 90 seconds lost in special stage seven and subsequent lateness penalty dropped van der Merwe/Botha out the running with team-mates Kuun/Hodgson moving into third place. Behind the Daewoo pair Lourens/Paisley were going along steadily after their pre event woes and were in a solid fourth place with a lead of nearly two minutes over Class A6 leaders Hergen Fekken and Dave Lewkowicz in the Dunair Toyota Conquest.

There were also early problems for Tjaart van der Walt and Cindi Harding in the 7 Eleven VW Golf. They lost around two minutes in special stage seven and saw Keith Coleman and Uwe Koch move into the lead in Class A7 in another VW Golf. Group N leaders Hannes Grobler and Dave McGregor in the Bridgestone Nissan Sentra, also moved ahead of van der Walt/Harding and were going along without a care in the world.

ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE AGIP RALLY BY RALLY MANAGEMENT CC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT CHARMAINE FORTUNE AT 082 991 0011.

VISIT THE STANNIC RALLY WEBSITE AT www.stannicrally.co.za

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Series Other rally
Drivers Sarel van der Merwe