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Algoa Rally Club locals Morne Janse v Rensburg and Rikus Fourie headed up the local field in the annual Sasol Rally held in Sabie and Neslpruit the past weekend. A very exciting rally with international competitiors Matthew Wilson (Son of Mr. M-sport, Malcom Wilson) of England and Chris Patterson (former WRC navigator for Peter Solberg) of Northern Ireland entering in the second Mark Cronje FiestaArticle Sasol Rally EC

Andrew Heine and Henry Adams in the Heinesport Toyota Auris made their first outing in the Sasol and the National S1600 class and Bryan Heine with late replacement navigator Neels Vosloo entering in Bryan's GMP motorsport prepared Datsun SSS Coupe.

It was very tough from the first countdown with the SSS breaking a side-shaft in stage 1 soon to be followed by trouble for the S2000 challenge GC Diesel Polo which was forced to retire after 3 stages. Andrew and Henry also ran into bad luck as their jack broke trying to repair a flat. Hard work and little sleep from the GMP Motorsport mechanics ensured that Both the Heine's could re-enter on day 2 under super rally rules to salvage a result for the region.

Heavy rain and very slippery and muddy roads awaited in the plantations outside Sabie after 2 crowd packed stages in Nelspruit which included the famous Spagetti-Junction super special. A couple of stages was cancelled and the heavy rain continued as competitors head back to Nelspruit for the final stage in the showgrounds.

Andrew Heine and Henry Adams finished their first Sasol Rally in the Heinesport Toyota Auris S1600 despite some problems like Andrew said afterwards: "Tough weekend for us but definitely some positives to build on. Thanks to GMP for the excellent car prep and great service"

Bryan Heine and Neels Vosloo also managed to bring the SSS Coupe home under super rally rules, picking up a 2nd in class S20 to the delight of a very tired GMP Motorsport team.

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The very smart looking, newly build Volkswagen Polo Vivo was in action this weekend at the Rallystar facility in Bapsfontein. This car has been build by GMP Motorsport in Port Elizabeth as a demo model and entered into the first round of the Northen Regions Rally Championship for a test run with Kobus Roos from ATS as the driver

Results in only its second outing:1st VW Home, 2nd in class and 10th overall! A very solid performance in a competitive rally.

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Neels Vosloo and navigator Kevin D Futcher driving a Nissan Sentra Sti Rally car started the 2013 season with a solid 4th place in Round 1 of the Algoa Rally Club R50K Challenge which took place in Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage on Saturday the 23rd of Feb.

The rally started and finished at the Hunters Retreat Hotel in Cape Rd. with stages at Parsons Green, the PEOTR in Mission Rd. and Jagtvlaktes outside Uitenhage. 18 rally cars entered the first round of what promises to be a very well supported club championship in 2013 because of the R50 000-00 worth of prizes sponsored by local businesses.

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The regional RA5 driver championship for 2012 was won by Ross Bartle driving a 1400cc VW Citi Golf Motor Sport built regional rally car. Navigator Ric Janse Van Rensburg was not available to compete in all of the events and first place in the regional championship navigator was Andries Beyers in a similar RA5 VW Golf driven by Jouwert Van Der Walt.

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The Nissan Sentra Sti of Neels and Jan Vosloo are ready for the last rally of 2012. The gearbox problem they experienced during their maiden overall victory in the Fountains Mall Rally is sorted out thanks to some excellent professional help from Thys Geyser at Gearbox and Diff Centre in Sueltz Street, Sidwell, Port Elizabeth. Thys is an old hand at both racing and gearboxes and his willingness to share his experience and knowledge is hugely appreciated.

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Neels and Jan Vosloo are relishing the opportunity to rally their Nissan Sentra on home soil at the upcoming Fountains Mall Rally in Jeffreys Bay. The team was struggling with a series of problems in the last two events but the Nissan Sentra is ready to race once again after some late nights and some serious head scratching.