Top Crews Clash in Stannic Western Cape Regional Rally

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TOP CREWS CLASH IN STANNIC WESTERN CAPE REGIONAL RALLY The rivalry between South Africa's two top rally crews will spill over into the Total Overberg Rally, round five of the Stannic Western Cape Championship, on July 30 and 31. Castrol...

TOP CREWS CLASH IN STANNIC WESTERN CAPE REGIONAL RALLY

The rivalry between South Africa's two top rally crews will spill over into the Total Overberg Rally, round five of the Stannic Western Cape Championship, on July 30 and 31.

Castrol Toyota factory crew Serge Damseaux and Guy Hodgson and VW works pair Jan Habig and Douglas Judd are at each others throats in the Stannic national series. Now they will lock horns at regional level and, following the postponement of the VW Rally in the Eastern Cape, the VW crew has entered the Total Overberg event.

Habig and Judd are not eligible to score points in the Stannic Western Cape Championship, but their presence will have Serge Damseaux and Guy Hodgson a little on edge. The Castrol Toyota pair are not often challenged in Western Cape regional events but the appearance of Habig and Judd could lead to one of the best tussles seen on the local front in many a season, and should see a good spectator turnout.

A little extra spice is added to proceedings in Class S4 via Fernando Rueda and Cindi Harding in the Motion Vehicle Wholesalers Daewoo Lanos. Rueda now owns both the ex Enzo Kuun and Sarel van der Merwe factory Daewoos and will contest both the national and regional championships.

Defending Western Province champions Jean-Pierre Damseaux and Pierre Arries will be favoured to win Class A6 in the Team Total Toyota Conquest RSi with the main opposition coming from Pierre Goosen and Henry Isaacs in a VW Golf. Hennie Louw and Johan Barnard will be hoping for a good run in Class A7 in the Rai/Smith and Santos VW Golf Gti, as will Group N pair Dave Crossley and Adrie Stander in the Driveshaft Centre/Leons Panelshop VW Golf GTi.

Richard Behm and Graham Hooper finds themselves in the perfect spot to keep an eye on the Group N opposition as they start eighth in the Somerset Comms/Palbin Toyota Conquest RSi, while Andre Cleenwerck and Thenswille Overmeyer start as favourites to win the rearwheel drive challenge in the Adez Motorsport Toyota Corolla 1800 - but they can expect a mighty challenge from Hamilton Goode and Gerhard Mahnke in the Nissan Skyline 2.8.

Warren Kohler and Eddie Stevens have repaired their Class S2 Toyota Corolla TRD 1600 after their recent roll and they will have to fend off Bertram Robertson and Arno van Zyl in the Somerset Comms Toyota Corolla SR5. Robertson and van Zyl currently enjoy a commanding lead in the coveted Chris Truter RWD Trophy.

Late entries will be slotted into position shortly before the start and include the Class A7 VW Golf of Berto Mostert, the Class A6 Toyota Conquest RSi of Stefaan van Dyk and racing driver Mark de Nobrega who makes his long awaited rallying debut.

De Nobrega will be out in the ex Etienne Lourens and Fernando Rueda Class A6 Toyota Conquest and the brave man sitting alongside him will be Dan Rossouw.

The 365km event will once again be held in the Hermanus, Napier and Klipdale areas and will comprise 11special stages totalling approximately 110km . Documentation will open at 20h00 at the Total Gateway Service Station in Hermanus on July 30, and scrutineering will follow from 20h30.

As has become the norm the first car will start at 22h00 with the finish at approximately 07h00 at the Macrib restaurant with a breakfast prizegiving . Breakfast tickets will be available at R20.00 per person.

Points positions (after four rounds):

After four rounds of the championship the points situation is as follows :

Drivers Overall : Serge Damseaux (S4/A8)136; Jean-Pierre Damseaux (S3/A6) 90; Richard Behm (GpN) 88; Bertram Robertson (S2/RWD) & Kobus Edas (A6) 66; Fernando Rueda (S4) 46 .

Navigators Overall : Guy Hodgson (S4/A8) 136; Pierre Arries (S3/A6) 90; Cindi Harding (A7/S4) 71; Derek Jacobs (A6) 66; Arno van Zyl (S2) 62; Graham Hooper (GpN) 57 .

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