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“MR RALLY” lays down the gauntlet


The long wait is over, competitors and officials awoke to a perfect sunny day with a slight breeze, adrenalin pumping, as the dawn had broken on the first round of the championship.

An exciting field of 18 entries gathered at the Hunters Retreat Hotel after been out since daybreak (6am)doing a recce of the route.

The first round of the championship was blessed with 4 first time competitors and one experienced navigator in Martin Kliengeld (A dedicated teacher with Rally on his sleeve) sitting next to a novice driver.

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We had the opportunity to welcome the new competitors Deon Engels navigated by Martin, Deon who is still a school boy. Youngest competitor 16 yr old “Shakin Stevens” Neill Keeton / Ryle Murray all the way from Bathurst. Also we welcome Andrew Dillion / Justin Van Acker, and all the way from Bloemfontein Jacques Du Toit / Ronald Rens with Malema as their Chief Engineer running the team with an iron fist and a smoking pipe. We were also graced with the presence of 2 crews who made the trip all the way from Cape Town, Ismaeel Davids/ Yusuf Ganief who raced in the final round in 2015 and vowed to be back in 2016. True to his word he was back and they have now joined our club to compete in the whole 2016 championship. Ismaeel was joined by his brother Faizel Davids navigated by Ridwaan Nordien making up their 2 car team. We welcome them and hopefully we are privileged to have all the new 6 teams for the complete 2016 season.

Johan Viljoen “Dominee” navigated by his passionate daughter Juane led the field of 18 cars away as current champions at 9.30am to head to the first of 2 tar stages at Parsons Green.

The rubber was laid down by Mr Rally Brian Heine / Keith Heine taking the first stage by a mere 3 seconds from the ever improving “Redbull” Darren Murphy who is kept in check by his Dad Gavin. They were followed by “Sideways” Iddo Steyn/ “Grandpa “Mark Irvine. We lost Mr Consistent Neels Vosloo AND Motor mouth Kevin Futcher with a damaged steering.  

Stage 2 was a re run of Stage 1 and was again won by Brain / Keith improving their stage time by 5 seconds and were followed by super quick Ross Bartle 1 sec off and in 3rd was Darren / Gavin and Iddo / Mark sharing the same time. We also lost our “Models” all lady team of Melissa Heyman / Anza Muller with a broken gearbox.

The rally then moved out to the Uitenhage area next to the VW Factory for the first dirt stage at Jaghtvlagte to test the crews over 20 km stage.

This is where we saw the fight hot up for overall honors as the Sexy VW Polo of Rikus Schmidt/ Sherilee Pieterse took the stage by 3 seconds from Brian Heine / Keith Heine followed by Ross Bartle/Mathew Kohler (another import from Cape Town “Welcome”). Unfortunately the stage took its toll on Darren Murphy who developed gearbox problems dropping him down the leader board from been 2nd Overall. Another casualty from the leader board was Iddo Steyn / Mark Irvine who had to withdraw from the event with a Diff / Side shaft failure. We also lost our Farmers from Bloemfontein on the way to stage 3 with a blown head gasket, but they will be back. Ruan Gerber / Roxanne Bartle unfortunately fell out due to a broken pulley on their Golf.

Stage 4 moved to Mission road behind the PEOTR racetrack which was once again taken by Rikus Schmidt / Sherilee Pieterse by 10 seconds from Brian and Keith moving them to a mere 7 seconds from taking the lead of the rally. Third place was now filled with our defending champion Johan / Juane. We also had our visitor from Cape Town Ismaeel Davids suffering with gearbox problems now running with 3 gears 3,4,5 gears fighting hard finishing the stage with the 7th fastest time. Ish continued fighting on, losing a further 2 gears over stages 5 and six and having to finish the last 2 short stages with one gear.

Stage 5 and 6 were a re run of stage 3 and 4 and the fight was still on with Rikus taking the stages from Brian and going into a 10 second lead in stage 5 and then winning again in stage 6 by a further 10 seconds stretching his lead to 20 seconds. 3rd in stage 5 was Johan who held on to his 3rd overall and then decided to remove the right rear wheel off his car in Stage 6 to finish a creditable 8th overall and 3rd in class S3 under the Super Rally rules. Stage 6 saw “Mr Consistent Snr” Jan Vosloo in a 1300 Yaris sneak quietly into 3rd place. Unfortunately Darren and Gavin Murphy still suffering with gearbox problems slipping down to 4th and then in stage 6 suffered a puncture 3km’s into the 17 km stage falling down to 5th overall and 2nd in S3 class, a great result after all his dramas on the event including his Dad feeling ill towards the end of the event.

Stage 7 and 8 was held at the PE Oval consisting of 2 short stages for the crowds. The stages were again won by Rikus and Sherilee from Brian and Keith by 1 and 7 seconds to take the lead by 28 seconds overall, however when it went to final scoring Rikus and Sherilee had committed a cardinal sin by booking into a stage 1 minute early collecting a 1 minute penalty handing “Mr Rally” Brian and Keith Heine the overall win by 32 seconds.

3rd Overall on the day with a consistent run was Jan Vosloo/ Ria Jansen who also took the class S1 win followed by a great result from “1 gear” Ismaeel Davids / Yusuf Ganief 4th Overall and 2nd in class S2. 5th Overall and 2nd in class S3 was Struggling Darren and Gavin Murphy, and 6th Overall and 3rd in Class S2 were our other Cape Town Entry of Faizel Davids/Ridwaan Nordien who had a smooth event.

Special mention must go to Neill Keaton/ Ryle Murray for a great top 10 finish in their first event 9th Overall and 2nd class S1. 10th Overall and 3rd Class S1 were Deon Engels another Newcomer navigated by Martin Kliengeld followed by Andrew Dillion/Justin Van Acker in 12th Overall and 4th in class S1. Congrats to all of you for bringing it over the line and scoring championship points.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the competitors and official on a great event as we look forward to you all at our next event on the 11th June at the Bay West Mall where we introduce Bay West Mall as our new sponsor and New Route/stages.


Article by Essie Bezuidenhout

Photo by Juane Viljoen

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