Innovations for Gauteng Rally

A number of innovations have been included in planning for the Stannic Gauteng Rally, the final round of the Stannic Rally Championship, on November 13 and 14. The event is being organised by the East Rand branch of the Sports Car Club and will...

A number of innovations have been included in planning for the Stannic Gauteng Rally, the final round of the Stannic Rally Championship, on November 13 and 14.

The event is being organised by the East Rand branch of the Sports Car Club and will run on a Saturday and Sunday as opposed to the normal Friday/Saturday format. The route has been finalised with day one run entirely on gravel and day two solely on tar.

Other innovations include an inverted start order on day two, a Stannic Challenge and categories for Group N circuit racing competitors and members of the South African Historic Rally Association. The Stannic Challenge will be for competitors who fall out of the event on day one, with the Group N racing and SAHRA categories also competing only on day two.

The day one route will incorporate special stages in Johannesburg and on the East Rand in the Delmas and Bapsfontein areas. These will all be gravel stages with the day two tar stages run in the Johannesburg/Pretoria areas where use will be made of AA Kyalami and the Gerotek and Bookenhout vehicles testing facilities.

The all tar format on day two, with no dust problems for competitors, has allowed the organisers to run an inverted start order. This will give spectators the opportunity of seeing a variety of other machinery in the build-up to the appearance of the top of the rung Class A8 cars.

The Stannic Challenge will cater for those competitors who drop out of the event on day one. They will be allowed to restart on the Sunday, and will compete for separate awards.

The Group N circuit racing category is designed to give race drivers a chance of testing their skills against rally drivers competing in the Group N category of the Stannic Rally Championship. The race car category will run at the back of the field on the Sunday, and is open to all classes currently competing in the Midas Group N championship. Drivers and teams wanting further information should contact Rally Management CC on (011) 8802103.

The organisers have also invited SAHRA members to compete on day two of the Stannic Gauteng Rally. There is a variety of interesting machinery from days gone by among the ranks of SAHRA members, and many of these vehicles are still highly competitive in the Stannic Northern Regions Rally Championship.

"The Stannic Gauteng Rally is the final event of the championship and also marks the end of Stannic's association with rallying, and we want to end the season with a flourish," said Rally management CC operations manager Charmaine Fortune. "Along with organisers of events Rally Management CC is always looking for new ideas when it comes to marketing rallying.

"We live in times when motorsport, and not only rallying, is competing against a variety of other leisure activities, and we need to find ways and means of attracting new enthusiasts to our sport."

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Other rally