BELLS AND WHISTLE FOR STANNIC KZN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FINALE
It will be a case of bells and whistles for the final round of the Stannic KwaZulu Natal Rally Championship, the Mintex Don Rally, on November 28.
Apart from a series of new forest special stages in the Ixopo area, organiser Tony Ball is hoping to persuade a number of regular Gauteng national competitors to make the trip to KwaZulu Natal. Among those on Ball' s shopping list are Hannes Grobler, Barry Grobbelaar and national Class A7 champion Tjaart van der Walt - who will join KwaZulu Natal national championship regulars Etienne Lourens, Craig Trott and Cliffie Blackman.
Ixopo forest stages earmarked for the Mintex Don Rally were last used in the 1980s, and will provide a challenge to crews. Ball is expecting an entry of around 30 cars for an event that will start with a short but demanding special stage at the Durban Corporation testing grounds.
The route then takes competitors to Eston and Ixopo for a series of forest stages that should provide for some interesting rallying. After a short lunch break at Ixopo the rally will head back to the finish at the Natal Motorcycle and Car Club headquarters with a lamb on the spit prize giving. Anyone wishing further information should contact the NMCC office at 031 212923.
Stannic KwaZulu Natal Rally Championship leaders Roman Bauer and Hennie Marsburg will be up against some heavy opposition on the Stannic Nu-Rec Rally on September 12.
Among the crews lining up against Bauer/Marsburg in their Golf will be national competitors Etienne Lourens and Robert Paisley in the Team Total Toyota Conquest. Lourens and Paisley, after three non finishes in a row in the Stannic National Rally Championship, will be using the Stannic Nu-Rec Rally as a shakedown for the Agip Rally, round seven of the national series, the following weekend.
The championship leaders can also expect a tough challenge from Tony Ball and Alec Harris in the Bulwer Park VW Golf and Peter Alertskye, and a co-driver yet to be named, in the Mr Mr Toyota Conquest. With three highly experienced crews in the field, Bauer and Marsburg will be hard pressed to cling onto what is a narrow championship lead.
The Stannic Nu-Rec Rally takes competitors into Northern Natal with the event starting at Dundee Toyota at 13h00. The first special stage will be at the Dundee Showgrounds with crews then moving into the Hattingspruit and Durncol areas.
After a supper break at Durncol, scheduled for 18h00, crews will then tackle the stages a second time - but this time in darkness. That will separate the men from the boys with the event scheduled to finish back at Durncol at around 21h00.