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Final Results - Round 1 of the R50k Challenge

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Andrew Heine and Henry Adams in a S1600 Toyota Auris won the action-packed first round of the Algoa Rally Club’s R50kChallenge by three and a half minutes from Rikus Schmidt and Stephno Pieterse in a VW Golf on Saturday. They were followed by Ross Bartle and Rick Janse van Rensburg in another Golf and Neels Vosloo and Kevin D Futcher in a Nissan Sentra.

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It was an amazing sight in Cape Rd. on Saturday morning when the biggest club rally field in a good number of years lined up to start the first stage at Parsons Green. There were 18 cars that started the Hunters Retreat Hotel Rally (Round 1 of 2013) which included stages at Parsons Green, the PEOTR in Mission Rd. and Jagtvlakte outside Uitenhage. The field was a mixture of experience and rookie’s in Toyota’s, Volkswagen’s, Nissan’s , Datsun’s and the Ford Escort of Iddo Steyn and experienced navigator Mark Irvine.

The rear wheel drive Ford Escort, the Datsun of Darren Murphy and Matteo Cassale and the Nissan Bakkie of Denzou Ferreira and Johan Oosthuizen invoked some loud cheers from a very nice crowd of spectators at Parsons Green with their sideways cornering.

In fifth position was Gregory and Gary Heine followed by Jacques Louw and Gabriel Groener. Jan Vosloo (at age 60) and navigator Ria Viljoen brought their Nissan Sentra home in 7th with the lady team of Melissa Heyman and Anza Muller sandwiched between the Polo of Keith McGregor and Duncan Bezuidenhout and the Datsun of Darren Murphy and Matteo Cassale.

Retirements included Bryan Heine and navigator Kelvin Bowles in a stunning new Polo Vivo build by GMP motorsport in Port Elizabeth. They looked set for a good result with competitive times but were forced to retire in stage 3. Rufus Neethling and Madelein Lamprecht escaped without serious injury after they rolled their VW Golf in stage 6.

The rally returned home to the Hunters Retreat Hotel and after 7 tough stages it was Andrew Heine and Henry Adams that grabbed the victory, winning 4 of the 7 stages in a very neat first outing in their Toyota Auris.

The final result was:

1) Andrew Heine / Henry Adams – Toyota Auris

2) Rikus Schmidt / Stephno Pieterse – VW Golf

3) Ross Bartle / Rick Janse v Rensburg – VW Golf

4) Neels Vosloo / Kevin D Futcher – Nissan Sentra

5) Gregory Heine / Gary Heine – VW Golf

6) Jacques Louw / Gabriel Groener – VW Golf

7) Jan Vosloo / Ria Viljoen – Nissan Sentra

8) Keith McGregor / Duncan Bezuidenhout – VW Polo

9) Melissa Heyman / Anza Muller – VW Golf

10) Darren Murphy / Matteo Cassale – Datsun

CONGRATULATIONS, to all of you and a very big THANK YOU. We have certainly kicked of the year in great style and can only look forward for it to get bigger and better.

If it was not for each and every competitor, driver and navigators, marshals, officials, service crews, spectators etc. the event we had on Saturday would not have been such a success. We are now looking forward to the next round: Round 2 of the Algoa Rally Club R50KChallenge!

You can download the final results below. The R50K Challenge points standings after round 1 as well as some pictures and video to follow soon so visit the website often!

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Final Results-Round 1

The final overall and class results: Round 1 of the Algoa Rally Club's R50KChallenge. The Hunters Retreat Hotel Rally held in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 23 February 2013.

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