Daewoo's Return Delayed

DAEWOO'S RETURN TO RALLYING DELAYED The return to action of Daewoo Motorsport in the Stannic National Rally Championship has again been delayed. The Korean manufacturer - a main player in the national championship right up to the end of the...

DAEWOO'S RETURN TO RALLYING DELAYED

The return to action of Daewoo Motorsport in the Stannic National Rally Championship has again been delayed.

The Korean manufacturer - a main player in the national championship right up to the end of the 1997 season - will again be missing from the line-up for the Volkswagen Rally in the Eastern Cape on Friday and Saturday, 17-18 July 1998. The event, organised by the Algoa Motorsport Club and a highlight of the Eastern Cape motorsport year - is round five of this year's Stannic National Rally Championship.

Daewoo Motorsport are currently building two Daewoo Lanos Group A kitcars for 11 times South African champion Sarel van der Merwe and Enzo Kuun. The two drivers have been kicking their heels on the sidelines since the start of the season.

"Our new engines only arrive at our Kyalami headquarters on Friday, and there is no way we can homologate the cars with the old engines," said Daewoo Motorsport manager Johan Evertse. "The delays have been frustrating but there is a great deal at stake in national championship rallying, and there is no point in cutting corners.

"Building hi-tec competition cars is also not an overnight exercise and when we do return to the fray we want to be ultra competitive right from the start."

In the meantime van der Merwe is working on his golf handicap and Kuun is kept busy with his Daewoo dealership in Somerset West.

Supervan is now down to a 13 and is an ex-officio organiser of the highly competitive golf tournaments - involving drivers, team managers and the media - which now precede each round of the Bankfin Touring Car Championship. Van der Merwe looks after the handicap system for the tournaments and has picked up a few extra grey hairs. "If you think there is a lot of wheeling and dealing that goes on behind the scenes in motorsport, you want to see the haggling that goes on over golf handicaps," said Supervan.

"If I accepted half the offers that have been made to me over the last couple of months, I could retire permanently to the golf course. I'm thinking about it."

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Series Other rally
Drivers Sarel van der Merwe