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Heinesport Aloe Rally

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The final round of the Algoa Rally Club 50k challenge will be held on the 20-21 of November 2015 and will be known as the Heinesport Aloe Rally. This event will be a challenge of endurance for drivers and navigators with night and day stages.

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The rally starts on Friday evening at 8 pm with a combination of tar and gravel stages at the Aldo Scribante race track and finishes at Jachtvlakte on Saturday afternoon after lunch with the 50k prize giving at Rangers Outdoor Game Reserve. The 50k Championship consists of seven rounds and competitors are allowed to drop one low score event with six to count.

The championship contenders will most likely come out of the first five with minimal points separating them:

 

POS

NO

DRIVER/NAVIGATOR

CLASS

VEHICLE

POINTS

1

577

JOHAN VILJOEN/JUANE VILJOEN

S3

VW GOLF 2LT

97.0

2

545

JAN VOSLOO/RIA VILJOEN JANSEN

S1

TOYOTA YARIS 1300

88.0

3

501

ASHLEY BEZUIDENHOUT/ MARK IRVINE

S1

VW GOLF 1400

88.0

4

543

NEELS VOSLOO/KEVIN FUTCHER

S2

TOYOTA YARIS 1500

86.0

5

554

STEPHNO PIETERSE/LARIO PIETERSE

S1

VW GOLF 1400

85.0

6

512

RUFUS NEETHLING/HENRY ADAMS

S2

VW POLO 1600

79.0

 

Competitors will be faced with many challenges which include night stages using spotlights. What can change the sequence of championship contenders is a puncture, mechanical breakdown or accidents which could leave competitors fumbling in the dark with flash lights. No outside assistance is permitted but competitors may assist each other. Assistance is available during service intervals by mechanics and pit crews only.

What makes rallying exciting is the predicament of how to plan this final event, either by throwing caution to the wind to post the fastest times and risk all for a win, or drive consistently and lose position or the championship. The navigators are also faced with challenges of reading pace notes in the dark using lamps to guide the driver at speed, a wrong call could end it all.

The competitors after seven rounds are competing for first prize a 2015 Volkswagen Polo rolling chassis rally car, Custom Portable Shade Gazebo supplied by Cape Fabric Engineering, racing gear and equipment from ATS Motor Sport, second prize is R15 000.00 and third R7500.00, with runner up contestants receiving cash for points scored from Heinesport. Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve in East London will sponsor a week end at the game farm for two members to be nominated for achievements during the year.

 

Article by Neville Bartle

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