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2008 Season summary and final results

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Algoa Rally Club corresponded:

The Eastern Cape Regional Rally Championship (ECRRC) scene made a superb and welcome comeback after a 13 year absence. In conjuction with VW Motorsport and Citisport the Algoa Motorsport Club's Rally division devised a regional championship based on a 1.4 litre VW Citi Colf and called this class RA5, meaning Regional A5.

This car is a scaled down version of the National A5 VW Citi Colf and can be upgraded to National spec should the driver wish to do so. The idea behind this was to have a few "cheap" rally cars that were all equal on spec thus maximising the thrill of close racing between all new comers without costing an arm and a leg compared to running a National class car. An initial total of 6 cars was build and subsequently spread out to various up and coming drivers domiciled in the Eastern Cape to pit their skills against each other. In the interest of starting a championship from scratch and trying to maintain the numbers for future years, this was the best solution that the club came up with. classof2008 1 20121025 1462426079All bigger and National cars are welcome to enter, but in the interest of growing the championship they won't be eligible for Regional championship status as yet. The championship is not limited to the RA5 cars, National A5 cars are also eligible for Regional points.  S20 cars are open for likes of the Ford Escorts and VW Passats for Club Championship status thus also bringing back some rear wheel drive fun to the party.

This formula adopted proved very successful as there were some close battles fought on each round, the first of which was a section of day one on the National VW rally and the second round a section of day two on the VW Rally.  A further 4 regional events was held in the Nelson Mandela Metro surrounds to conclude the first EC Regional Rally championship after the lengthy absence of a championship.

All the drivers had a very steep learning curve, some unfortunately enough to have exceeded the limits they had hoped to find.  One also have to consider that the Longmore forest is one of the most tricky and difficult places to hone your rallying skills, especially as a rookie.  And these guys were just that, Rookies.  The fact that each navigator and driver pairing had no idea what a time control was when they entered the VW Rally in July is testament that new blood was definitely entering a new world, which they now do not want to leave again.

The first year can be considered as a big success as each event had attracted no less than 10 cars. All credit to the men and woman who made this possible to start with and this project has taken more than two years to get it where it is now.  We hope that we can build from this and attract more numbers so that we can maybe even see another class introduced based on an introduction A6 car, the birth of the RA6 car, to take the current drivers to the next level and make way for the new newcomers.  This will be subject to the numbers achieved in NA5/RA5.  All these classes will be aimed
at grooming drivers for National level or for the less serious driver to still have fun at a reasonable cost, promoting the sport and the fun factor behind it which makes up the backbone of what the sport should be all about, camaraderie and friendly competition.

The spin off was also advantaqeous for the annual National event as we have gained nearly 20 new marshals for this year alone. A feat which should not be taken lightly as marshal's are thinning every year with the demands of everyday life limiting their time to dedicate to those who play on the dusty roads.  Being sunburned and thrown full of dust is not on the things-to-do list for many youngsters and the not-so-youngsters, so to get them to volunteer and assist with the growth of our championship has meant a lot more than these guys and girls could imagine, a very Big thank you should also be extended to those dedicated marshals from the Algoa Rally Club.

With the 2008 season concluded, the guys can't wait for the 2009 season to kick off!

 

Round 1   results
1)   Morne J v Rensburg / Mark Irvine National A5 VW Citi Golf
2)   Nicholas Quinn / Darren Murphy Regional A5 VW Citi Golf
3)   Simon Joubert / Gorden Joubert Regional A5 VW Citi Golf
Round 2 results
1)   Simon Joubert / Gorden Joubert Regional A5 VW Citi Golf
2)   Morne J v Rensburg / Mark Irvine National A5 VW Citi Golf
3)   Nicholas Quinn / Darren Murphy Regional A5 VW Citi Golf
Round 3 results
1)   Andrew Ogden / Matthew Ogden Regional A5 VW Citi Golf
2)   Morne J v Rensburg / Keith McGregor National A5 VW Citi Golf
3)   Nicholas Quinn / Darren Murphy Regional A5 VW Citi Golf
Round 4 results
1)   Andrew Ogden / Matthew Ogden Regional A5 VW Citi Golf
2)   Morne J v Rensburg / Keith McGregor National A5 VW Citi Golf
3)   Peter vd Watt / Matthew Rudman Regional A5 VW Citi Golf
Round 5 results
1)   Simon Joubert / Rikus Fourie Regional A5 VW Citi Golf
2)   Morne J v Rensburg / Keith McGregor National A5 VW Citi Golf
3)   Tyron v Tonder / Warren v Tonder Regional A5 VW Citi Golf
Round 6 results
1)   Morne J v Rensburg / Des de Fortier National A5 VW Citi Golf
2)   Andrew Ogden / Matthew Ogden Regional A5 VW Citi Golf
3)   Simon Joubert / Darren Bishop Regional A5

VW Citi Golf

Driver Championship results:
1)   Morne J v Rensburg 134 points
2)   Andrew Ogden 119 points
3)   Simon Joubert 104 points
Co-Driver Championship results:
1)   Matthew Ogden 119 points
2)   Warren v Tonder 102 points
3)   Mark Irvine 89 points

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