Close combat in local rally
Mere seconds separate riders and drivers in first round of KZN rally club championship
KZN’s 2015 rally season started in Dalton last weekend with the first of nine rounds that saw nine cars and six quad bikes race each other on the smooth sugar cane tracks.
Less than 50 seconds separated the top three rally finishers and mere seconds the quad bike riders.
Proving you can’t buy experience, multi-national and regional championship winner, Pietermaritzburg’s Chris De Wit and navigator Brian Clifton set the pace from start to a winning finish, Dean Redelinghuys and Amon Meyiwa placed as the second car.
Tony Ball in his single seater off-road bat was mere seconds behind Redelinghuis throughout the event.
Ball usually competes in a Golf, but his new navigator Wade Harris was competing in the nationals with the Ford Racing Team.
Bertus Labuschagne and Peter Chadwick placed fourth overall.
The event welcomed two new teams, both in Toyota Conquests. Enjoying the fast thrill of official rallying for the first time were Pietermaritzburg’s Derek Ridge and brother Andrew, and Durban’s Bryan Vaughan and Yari Brunnings.
The quad bikers thrilled spectators with their impressive machines and times. Matthew Hendey on his Yamaha 450 kept up with De Wit in the rally car throughout the event to post an impressive win amongst the quad entrants and a second overall for the day. Gail Mitchell also impressed on her quad.
Dean Redelinghuis and Amon Meyiwa were the most impressive drivers of day, posting some very competitive times and showing vast improvement on their previous form.
ABOVE: Tony Ball raced without his navigator but still placed second overall in the first round of the KZN rally club championships. Nine cars and six quad bikers were entered into the race.
BELOW: Gail Mitchell impressed all riders with her determination in the race.
Chris de Wit and Brian Clifton.
Vaughan Robinson and Edward Standen.