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PLENTY AT STAKE FOR WESTERN CAPE CREWS IN STANNIC FLEET MANAGEMENT RALLY There is plenty at stake for Western Cape crews in round six of the Stannic National Rally Championship, the Stannic Fleet Management Rally, in Gauteng on August 14 and 15.

PLENTY AT STAKE FOR WESTERN CAPE CREWS IN STANNIC FLEET MANAGEMENT RALLY

There is plenty at stake for Western Cape crews in round six of the Stannic National Rally Championship, the Stannic Fleet Management Rally, in Gauteng on August 14 and 15.

And for no one are the stakes higher than for Somerset West driver Serge Damseaux and co-driver Vito Bonafede who, although now Johannesburg based, grew up in the Cape. The six time South African champions, in the Castrol Toyota Conquest, go into the Stannic Fleet Management Rally with a slender one point lead over VW Golf works crew Jan Habig and Douglas Judd.

The Stannic Fleet Management Rally is also an important outing for Cape co-driver Cindi Harding and Group N trio Diffie Marais, Danie de Waal and Richard Behm. Harding again teams up with Pretoria driver Tjaart van der Walt, in the Rieks Towing VW Golf, with the pair lying third in the overall championship and at the top of the Class A7 title race.

Marais and de Waal, in the Tony's Radiator Toyota Corolla, share 10th place with Natal crew Dean Sanders and Graham Hooper (Team Total Toyota Conquest) in the overall championship. The two crews are also level pegging at the top of the Group N2 stakes, with Behm only one point behind Marais and Sanders in the drivers championship.

Organizing club, the East Rand Branch of the Sports Club, has worked closely with Rally Management CC - which owns the rights to rallying in South Africa - and the MA National Rally Commission in coming up with what is a revolutionary concept in South African rallying. Sandton, Midrand, Pretoria, Pretoria West and Bapsfontein, Delmas, Nigel and Springs on the East Rand are some of the metropolitan areas which will be utilised on the Stannic Fleet Management Rally to bring the sport "closer to the people."

The event will start at Innesfree Park in the heart of Sandton at 12h30 on August 14. The special stage, a 2,19 kilometre tarmac stage, will start near the Grayston Road off ramp on the M1 and will provide plenty of lunch time entertainment with excellent spectator points and catering facilities.

Later in the afternoon the event will move to AA Kyalami and the Gerotek test facility near Pretoria West for six predominantly tarmac stages. Day one will finish at the Expo Centre at Nasrec with the first ever indoor special stage which will be run on a cement and paved surface in and around the giant Hall 5.

It will be the first time in the world that an indoor special stage has been used on a national championship event. There will be ample parking, catering and ablution facilities with the stage providing for great spectating and exciting motoring.

Day two of the Stannic Fleet Management Rally will start at AA Kyalami with a combined tarmac/dirt stage before the rally heads for Sentrarand, in the Bapsfontein area, for five dirt special stages ranging in length from 11 to 28 kilometres.

The Sentrarand special stages are within 20 kilometres of Springs and are ideally located for spectating from a central point. Catering facilities will also be available.

A further five dirt special stages will then be run in the Delmas, Nigel and Springs area with all of them close to the N17, R29 and R42 road system. These special stages range in distance from four to 15 kilometres and also provide for excellent spectating with easy access to spectator vantage points.

The Stannic Fleet Management Rally will then head for the finish at the Expo Centre at Nasrec with a Super Special Stage - with two cars competing against each other at the same time on a figure of eight course - and an 800 metre "Dash for Cash" in Hall 5. The "Dash for Cash" stage will see R1 000 paid to the fastest crew in each class and with good parking, catering facilities and great vantage points will provide for a spectacular finale to the event.

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