Volkswagen Rally Report 5

18 JULY 1998 10:45 HABIG AND JUDD TIGHTEN THEIR GRIP ON THE VOLKSWAGEN RALLY South African champions Jannie Habig and Douglas Judd continued to tighten their hold on the Volkswagen Rally as more drama unfolded on day two of the fifth round...

18 JULY 1998 10:45 HABIG AND JUDD TIGHTEN THEIR GRIP ON THE VOLKSWAGEN RALLY

South African champions Jannie Habig and Douglas Judd continued to tighten their hold on the Volkswagen Rally as more drama unfolded on day two of the fifth round of the Stannic National Rally Championship.

After two special stages this morning Habig/Judd, in the factory VW Golf were five minutes clear of Hergen Fekken and Dave Lewkowicz in the Dunair Toyota Conquest with problems for Paolo Piazza-Musso and Nic Hadden in the Sasol Ford Escort in the second of the days' stages. The Sasol Ford crew restarted one minute and 50 seconds behind Habig/Judd after the overnight stop, but are estimated to have lost round 10 minutes following an off-road excursion in the first of the rally's forest stages.

Fekken/Lewkowicz, fourth overnight, had moved 30 seconds clear of local pair Keith Coleman and Uwe Koch, in a VW Golf, with the Eastern Cape crew under pressure from Jean Pierre Damseaux and Pierre Arries in the Team Total Toyota Conquest. Only two seconds separated the two teams with the Team Total pair also under pressure from Tjaart van der Walt and Cindi Harding in the Rieks Towing VW Golf. Van der Walt/Harding took 38 seconds off Damseaux/Arries in special stage eight to move within 11 seconds of the Toyota Conquest.

Cliff Blackman and Johan Klaasen in the Team Total Nissan Sentra continued to dominate the Group N category. The pair were at the front of Class N3 and had around two minutes to spare over Class N2 leaders Dean Sanders and Graham Hooper in the Team Total Toyota Conquest.

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ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE VOLKSWAGEN RALLY BY RALLY MANAGEMENT CC.

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