A total of 48 crews have entered the Volkswagen Rally on October 1 and 2, round six of the Stannic Rally Championship, in the Eastern Cape.
The entry is headed by VW Motortsport factory pair Jan Habig and Doug Judd, the 1997 South African champions, who currently top this year's standings. Habig and Judd will take into the Volkswagen Rally a 21 point lead over the Castrol Toyota works crew of Serge Damseaux and Guy Hodgson.
Habig and Judd have won four of the five Stannic Rally Championship events run so far this season, and will be looking to give Volkswagen only their second victory on home turf in the 16 year history of the event. The VW Motorsport pair broke the drought last year when VW crews also filled four of the five top places.
A victory on the Volkswagen Rally could seal this year's championship for Habig and Judd. All crews, however, have to drop one result at the end of the season.
The Volkswagen Rally shows an interesting spread of entries throughout the seven classes. In terms of numbers Classes A7 and A6 top the list. There are 12 cars entered in Class A7, currently headed by reigning champions Tjaart van der Walt and Cindi Harding in the Rieks Towing VW Golf.
Class A6 features nine entries with reigning champions Hergen Fekken and Dave Lewkowicz (Dunair Toyota Corolla) and Jean-Pierre Damseaux and Pierre Arries (Team Total Toyota Corolla) locked in battle at the top of the championship. Nine points separate the two crews who now also face a stiff challenge from Callie van der Merwe and Andre Vermeulen in the ex Fekken Toyota Conquest.
Class N1 features seven entries, Class N2 five and Class N2 only two - with KwaZulu Natal pair Cliff Blackman and Johan Klaasen notable absentees. Reigning drivers champion Hannes Grobler and Nic Hadden (Total Bridgestone Nissan Sentra), now top the overall Group N and Class N3 standings after their win on the Stannic Great North Rally.
Former Toyota, Ford and Daewoo factory driver Enzo Kuun tops the entries in the Class S20 category which does not count towards the Stannic Rally Championship. Kuun and Steve Grobbelaar are paired together in the Topcar Titan BMW in a class that has drawn a good entry of eight cars.