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Algoa Steel Rally - Start your engines!


The Algoa Steel 50k Challenge, first round will take place on 22 February 2014 and will be the first of six events for the lucrative prizes at the end of the year that will consist of a Volkswagen Polo rally kit car for first place, second place is a cash prize of R 15 000.00 and third place R 7 000.00, a further R 25 000.00 for the runner up competitors rewarded as rally bucks paid out per points scored.


Volkswagen Sasol racing will enter this local event as a test session for a few top National drivers, S 2000 Henk Lategan and TBA teamed up for the first time and Thilo Himmel and Armand Du toit , S1600 Volkswagen Motorsport privateers will be Paul Franklen and Henry Kohne, Marco Himmel and Francois Schonbee respective drivers and navigators expected to use this event as a warm up before the National Rally Championship starts.

Local competitors are fired up about the season after Jacques louw and Gabriel Groener walked away with the R 50 000.00 prize consisting of Polo Diy kit car and racing accessories who will be keen to defend the title with a contingent of around 20 rally cars in the hunt of S1-1400cc – S2-1600cc – S3 – 2000cc classes with Volkswagen National competitors expected to set the bench mark even though not competing for the end of the year prize, local competitors will be out to impress and balance the scale of speed verses constancy.

Motor Sport Rally followers will have the opportunity to support the rally that will start at Hunters Retreat Hotel with administration and the O vehicle will clear the area before with the first car S2000 Henk Lategan most likely to start at 10h00 from Parsons Green in front of Algoa Steel in Greenbushes, followed by the rest of the field at two minute intervals seeded by performance. The Parsons Green Stage will be repeated then a service park for tyre changes will be at the premises of Algoa Steel where rally followers are welcome to see the teams in action, then move on to PE Oval circuit and Jagvlakte on the outskirts of Uitenhage that will be repeated.

Spectators will be surprised at the first rally car that will be a monster truck 0 pace vehicle that will sweep some of the stage before the rally cars start, this monster truck was built by the management of Algoa Steel as an engineering masterpiece with and engine roar worth witnessing. This specimen can also be viewed at the service parks along with some world class rally vehicles.

- Article by Neville Bartle


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