Cape Town report

CAPE TOWN, ZA: Toyota pairing Serge Damseaux and Vito Bonafede have taken a good grip on the chase for the South African National Rally Championship by winning the Total Autumn Trial, the second round of the series. The pair backed up their win...

CAPE TOWN, ZA: Toyota pairing Serge Damseaux and Vito Bonafede have taken a good grip on the chase for the South African National Rally Championship by winning the Total Autumn Trial, the second round of the series.

The pair backed up their win in the recent Natal-based series opener by bringing their works Castrol Toyota Conquest 4x4 to the finish nearly seven minutes ahead of Brady Dabner/Guy Hodgson in the Ermelo Toyota Conquest 4x4. For Toyota the 1-2-3 was completed by Etienne Lourens/Robert Paisley who drove a finely judged event to be the first two-wheel drive car home, first in Class and third overall.

Damseaux took control of the rally after the fourth special stage on the first day when he edged ahead of early leaders Hannes Grobler/Pierre Arries in the Bankfin Nissan Sentra 4x4. When the Nissan went out shortly before the halfway mark with a broken suspension it was all over bar the shouting.

With top contenders Jan Habig and Douglas Judd (StanBrik VW Golf Syncro) out on the first stage with a blown engine, Damseaux and Bonafede (the reigning champions) were presented with a relatively easy cruise to victory.

RESULTS

Total Autumn Trial, Round 2 SA Rally Championship, Cape Town, April 21/22

1. Damseaux/Bonafede (Toyota Conquest), 2h04m08s; 2. Dabner/Hodgson (Toyota Conquest), 2h10m44s; 3. Lourens/Paisley (Toyota Conquest), 2h18m11s; 4. Mostert/Connolly (VW Golf), 2h20m37s; 5. Grobbelaar/Pretorius (VW Golf), 2h27m46s; 6. Goosen/De Jongh (VW Golf), 2h29m42s; 7. Schoeman/Dahl (BMW), 2h29m46s; 8. Martin/White (Toyota Conquest), 2h29m53s; 9. Laubscher/Thiart (Toyota Conquest), 2h31m26s; 10. Klein/Ivins (VW Golf), 2h31m45s.

Points (after two rounds)

1. Damseaux 68; 2. Lourens 53; 3. Dabner 50; 4. Grobler 27; 5. Mostert 26; 6. Clements 23; 7. Grobbelaar 22; 8. Habig 20; 9. Woodhead 20; 10. Goosen 19

*********************************************************** Colin Windell <colin.windell@digitec.co.za> CyberRace Inc (c) 1995. All rights reserved *********************************************************** ---- Digitec Online - South Africa Telnet: bbs.digitec.co.za

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