Stannic Cape Rally April 16 and 17

STANNIC CAPE RALLY - April 16 and 17 April 16 HABIG/JUDD TAKE DAY ONE LEAD ON STANNIC CAPE RALLY The factory VW Golf 4 crew of Jan Habig and Douglas Judd took a narrow lead on the opening day of the Stannic Cape Rally - round two of ...

STANNIC CAPE RALLY - April 16 and 17

April 16

HABIG/JUDD TAKE DAY ONE LEAD ON STANNIC CAPE RALLY

The factory VW Golf 4 crew of Jan Habig and Douglas Judd took a narrow lead on the opening day of the Stannic Cape Rally - round two of the Stannic Rally Championship - which started at Killarney today.

After four special stages the 1997 South African champions led the Castrol Toyota Conquest factory entry in the hands of seven time champion Serge Damseaux and Guy Hodgson. The gap between the two crews was only nine seconds, with the event looking like turning into another battle between bitter rivals.

In the corresponding event last year Damseaux, then partnered by Vito Bonafede, finished just four seconds ahead of Habig and Judd. It was one of the closest winning margins in the history of special stage rallying in South Africa.

Third at the overnight halt were Paolo Piazza-Musso and veteran Springbok co-driver Richard Leeke in the Sasol Motorcraft Ford Escort. Piazza-Musso and Leeke had already slipped 48 seconds behind Damseaux and Hodgson with only 27 seconds separating the Ford crew and Jean-Pierre Damseaux and Pierre Arries.

Fourth overall and the Class A6 lead was a terrific day one performance for Damseaux junior and Arries in the Team Total Toyota Conquest. They were, however, only seven seconds clear of fifth placed Etienne Lourens and Robert Paisley in the Team Total Toyota Conquest running in Class A8.

Sixth at the overnight halt were reigning Class A6 champions Hergen Fekken and Dave Lewkowicz, in the Dunair Toyota Conquest, and right behind them were a trio of Class A7 entries. Leading this bunch were reigning Group N champion Hannes Grobler and Nic Hadden in the Total Bridgestone Nissan Sentra who were ahead of Tony Ball/Marti Olivier (Bulwer Park VW Golf) and reigning champions Tjaart van der Walt and Cindi harding in the Rieks 7 Eleven VW Golf.

Only 13 seconds, however, separated Fekken and the three Class A7 runners. The battle here tomorrow could turn into one of the highlights of the event.

Cape crew Diffie Marais and Danie de Waal, in a Toyota Corolla, completed the top 10 with the pair also leading Class N2. They took a tight hold on the class after early leaders Schalk Burger and Martin Botha (Bridgestone Quality Tyres Toyota Corolla) got stuck in special stage two.

At the overnight halt Class N3 was led by Cliff Blackman and Johan Klaasen (Team Total Nissan Sentra) with the Natal crew 12th overall. Class N1 was led by Allen Worms and Brendan Nunan (Team Total Opel Corsa) after early leaders Rodney Visagie and Caroline Cimma (Team Total Toyota Tazz) ran into problems on special stage two.

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