INVERTED GRID FOR START OF MOUNTAIN TRIAL Castrol Toyota pair Serge Damseaux and Guy Hodgson have been drawn first on the road for the Mountain Trial on August 13 and 14, round four of the Stannic Rally Championship, but what is normally an ...
INVERTED GRID FOR START OF MOUNTAIN TRIAL
Castrol Toyota pair Serge Damseaux and Guy Hodgson have been drawn first on the road for the Mountain Trial on August 13 and 14, round four of the Stannic Rally Championship, but what is normally an advantage carries a sting in the tail this time out.
The organisers, the Bloemfontein branch of the Sports Car Club, will run an inverted start order on the four special stages that make up the first section of the event on August 13. The Mountain Trial is sponsored by Stannic, Sasol, SoBe Healthy Refreshment and Volkswagen and will start at the Bloemfontein Waterfront followed by two tar special stages at the historic Brandkop racing circuit and two short gravel stages in the vicinity of the Free State capital.
"The Free State has been starved of national championship rallying in recent seasons, and the inverted start system gives local enthusiasts the opportunity to see the whole field in action," said clerk of the course Fred Vroomen. "We will revert to the normal start order when section two of the events starts in Aliwal North the following day.
"With two tar special stages and two short gravel stages, where dust should not be a problem, starting from the back of the field should not be a problem for the more fancied teams."
Second on the road will be VW Golf factory crew and current championship leaders Jan Habig and Douglas Judd. The VW pair go into the Mountain Trial with a seven point lead over Damseaux and Hodgson in the championship.
The two championship frontrunners will be followed by Paolo Piazza-Musso and Richard Leeke in the Sasol Motorcraft Ford Escort, and Etienne Lourens and Robert Paisley in the Team Total Toyota Conquest. KwaZulu Natal pair Lourens and Paisley currently lie third in the championship.
Fifth on the road will be Class A7 championship leaders - by a single point - Tjaart van der Walt and Cindi Harding in the Rieks Towing VW Golf. Next up will be Hergen Fekken and Dave Lewkowicz in the Dunair Toyota Corolla and Jean-Pierre Damseaux and Pierre Arries in the Team Total Toyota Corolla - with just one point separating the crews in the overall and Class A6 championships.
The top 10 is completed by Callie van der Merwe/Andre Vermeulen (Toyota Conquest), Fernando Rueda and a co-driver yet to be nominated in the Daewoo Lanos, and Team Total pair Barry Grobbelaar and Mike Burrows who set the early championship pace in Class A7. The organisers have received a more than encouraging entry of 42 cars with the first car scheduled to leave the start at 12h00.