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Spectators visiting Baywest Mall on Saturday were treated to rally cars competing along gavel and tar stages on the outskirts of the mall, for the second round of the Algoa Rally Club -50k challenge.

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The first stage was won by Ettienne and Mauritz Malherbe driving a Datsun 160U SSS who rolled out of contention after mounting a burm at Jachtvlage in stage four, second stage winner Ross Bartle and Matthew Kohler, Volkswagen Polo, succumbed to a blown engine, also in stage four, with other potential winners Bryan and Keith Heine, Datsun SSS, and Iddo Steyn and Mark Irvine, Ford Escort, also fell out of the rally with mechanical woes.

Overall winners Rikus Schmidt and Sherilee Pieterse, driving a Volkswagen Polo 1600, and Johan and Juane Viljoen, winners of the Volkswagen Polo first prize in2015, exchanged stage wins and Schmidt won the rally by less than a minute, followed home by Jacques Du Toit and Ronald Rens, Nissan Sentra, from Bloemfontein.

Class winners Darren Murphy and Roxanne Bartle won the 1400cc class driving a Volkswagen Golf, followed by Pierre Van der Berg and Dion Engels also driving Volkswagens. The 1600cc winners were Rikus and Sherilee, in second place Rufus Neethling and Henry Adams driving Volkswagen Polos, and third Neels Vosloo and Kevin Futcher, Toyota Yaris.

Andrew Dillon and Justin Van Acker driving a Volkswagen Golf 1400 in their second rally, rolled in the Jagvlakte stage and back onto the wheels and carried on until the penultimate stage at the mall when they collided with an armco barrier pole, destroying the front end of the car. Driver and navigator were taken to hospital for observation and discharged with bruises.Final Results Baywest

The rally started at Baywest Mall and then proceeded to Mission road for the GMP Motorsport super stage and Mawethu, followed by Jacht Vlagte. These stages were repeated to finish with a final stage at Baywest Mall. The next ARC 50k challenge will be incorporated into the Volkswagen National rally taking place on the 15 and 16 of July in the Longmore Forests, Uitenhage and an evening stage at Baywest Mall is in the planning stages.

 

Article by Neville Bartle

Photo by Digiworx

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