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After seven rounds of rally events held in Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Jeffery’s Bay, including the Volkswagen National rally held over two days, and with the final event; Heinesport day and night rally held on the 25 and 26 November 2016, the winners of the 50K rally championship were Rikus Schmidt and Cherilee Pieterse, father and daughter driving a Volkswagen Polo 1600cc.media01-0917

The final event was a close contest with Rikus Schmidt shadowing Johan and Ruan Viljoen driving a similar VW Polo, until the last few stages when Rikus took the lead in points to win the Heinesport Rally and 50k Championship. The pair was rewarded at a champagne spray prize giving with a new Volkswagen Polo to convert into a rally car, along with rally protective clothing and accessories from ATS Motorsport, and a digitally printed gazebo from Cape Fabric Engineering.

Johan Viljoen pocketed R 15 000.00 for second prize and Stephno Pieterse R 7500.00 for third place and competitors who scored points in the championship shared in the R 25 000.00 Heinesport rally bucks. The final event Heinesport rally attracted competitors from Cape Town and Bloemfontein with 27 cars which started the rally at Aldo Scribante Race track then onto Motherwell farms, Jachtvlakte and Spiders web which were repeated night and day.

The Algoa Rally Club 50k Challenge is the only motor sport event in South Africa which offers lucrative prizes and prize money for participation in the championship and this is complimented with prizes during the year including the sought after Gabriel Jewellers Tissott watches as first prize for the Fountains Mall Rally held in Jeffery’s Bay.

Algoa Rally Club has experienced continuous growth since the inception of the 50k in 2013 and with the recent withdrawal of the factory teams in the National Championship for 2017 the 50k Challenge is expected to grow with new competitors entering the fray next year.

 

Article by Neville Bartle

 

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The final showdown of the Algoa Rally 50k championship for 2016 will be decided at the Heinesport Rally to be held in the Uitenhage area on the 25 and 26 of November 2016 starting on Friday evening at 20h00, at the Aldo Scribante race track and finishing at Jachtvlakte on Saturday afternoon, around 16h30 with prize giving at Rangers Outdoor Game Lodge.

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Entries for Round 7 of the 2016 Algoa Rally Club R50kChallenge (The Heinesport Rally) are now OPEN!


The event will comprise of special stages held on tar and dirt linked by road sections on private and public roads. The total distance will be ± 130kms of which ± 65 kms will consist of special stages.This will take place at Motherwell - Scribante -  Jachtvlakte -  Spidersweb

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Fountains Mall Jefferys Bay will be the place to be this Saturday the 29 October 2016 to see Algoa Rally Club cars competing in stages around the Mall. The first car will enter the stage at 10h00, when the rally officially starts. The stage is a real challenge for drivers and navigators to negotiate the tight corners without making mistakes or time penalties.

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The Heinesport Rally will take place in the Uitenhage Area of Port Elizabeth on the 25th and 26th November 2016 as the final event for the ARC – 50k Challenge 2016. The invitation is for any MSA licensed competitor to participate as an end of the year rally open to any rally competitors.