DAMSEAUX/BONAFEDE HIT COW IN SPECIAL STAGE 14 Drama continued to unfold as the Stannic Fleet Management Rally, round six of the Stannic National Rally Championship, moves towards a nailbiting climax at the Expo Centre at Nasrec Johannesburg...
DAMSEAUX/BONAFEDE HIT COW IN SPECIAL STAGE 14
Drama continued to unfold as the Stannic Fleet Management Rally, round six of the Stannic National Rally Championship, moves towards a nailbiting climax at the Expo Centre at Nasrec Johannesburg this afternoon.
With four special stages remaining Sasol Ford Escort pair Paolo Piazza Musso and Nic Hadden were back in the lead after six time South African rally champions Serge Damseaux and Vito Bonafede in the Castrol Toyota Conquest hit a cow within sight of the flying finish on special stage 14. The Castrol Toyota Conquest was severely damaged with Damseaux/Bonafede desperately lucky to escape unharmed.
At this stage the Castrol Toyota pair were four seconds ahead of Piazza-Musso /Hadden. Damseaux/Bonafede, however, picked up a 40 second lateness penalty while Toyota technical crew battled to get the Conquest into some kind of rally trim.
Third at this stage were reigning South African Champions Jan Habig and Douglas Judd in the factory VW who were nearly two minutes behind Damseaux/Bonafede. The VW crew, however, had a cushion of nearly 40 seconds over overnight leaders Enzo Kuun/Guy Hodgson in the Daewoo Lanos.
Fifth were Hergen Fekken/Dave Lewkowicz in the Dunair Toyota Conquest who had pulled away from East Rand husband and wife team Ben and Isebel van der Westhuizen in a VW Golf, and Team Total Toyota Conquest pair Jean Pierre Damseaux and Pierre Arries.
Former South African Champions Hannes Grobler and Dave McGregor had a tight hold on the Group N category and were also starting to threaten Damseaux and Arries. After 15 special stages the gap between the two crews was down to 51 seconds.