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Rally Great Britain: South African Toyota halfway notes

SA CAR 19TH OVERALL AT HALFWAY STAGE OF RALLY GB The South African-entered Toyota RunX S2000, which yesterday made rally history, was lying 19th overall and fifth in class at the halfway mark today of the Wales Rally GB. The event is the final...

SA CAR 19TH OVERALL AT HALFWAY STAGE OF RALLY GB

The South African-entered Toyota RunX S2000, which yesterday made rally history, was lying 19th overall and fifth in class at the halfway mark today of the Wales Rally GB.

The event is the final round of the World Rally Championship with the Toyota, built and prepared at the Toyota Motorsport workshops in Sandton, being crewed by British stars Alister McRae and Gordon Noble. The pair were 22nd overall at the overnight stop, but a steady run during the early part of today saw the Toyota crew pick up three places and move into 19th overall and fifth place in Group N4.

The Toyota, entered in the event by the RED World Rally Team, made history yesterday when it became the first S2000 car to compete in the world championship. In Group N4 the Toyota comes up against a horde of turbocharged fourwheel drive Subaru Impreza and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo entries.

"Everything is going according to plan, and we are more than happy," said McRae at the end of Special Stage 9 which marked the halfway stage. "The car is going beautifully and hopefully we can pick up a few more places before the end of the day."

The Toyota RunX S2000 is the only car in the field of 118 which complies to the new FIA S2000 rally regulations. It is also the only Toyota in the field.

"Alister and Gordon are doing a great job for us," said Toyota Motorsport manager Wammy Haddad. "We are also very pleased with the way it is going, but there is a long way still to go.

"From here on in the main item on the agenda is for the crew simply to get the car home in one piece."

-credit: toyota sa

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