KZN’s fast and the furious
2015 CTH Rallysprint Series round held in Dalton saw some spectacular racing in all classes
DALTON — Rallying is KZN has been really hot lately, and the boys (and girls) cranked the heat right up to boiling point at Saturday’s round of the 2015 CTH Rallysprint Series.
A time space of less than a minute covered the first four cars.
Chris de Wit and Brian Clifton really wound up their Tazz to build up a small gap at the front of the field for the entire event, whilst big drama was developing right behind them. The new Scotty’s Plant Hire Polo of Brian Scott and Eric Lelyveld started fast, ahead of KZN Rallying’s own “Beast” — the roaring Skyline of Trevor Graham and Glen Goddard.
Lying menacingly in wait just behind this duo was the Polo of Bertus Labuschagne and Peter Chadwick. These three cars duked it out over the next couple of stages, with the Scotty’s Polo being steadily hunted down.
Once the dust settled after the last stage it turned out that the Beast had failed, by 0,9 seconds, to catch the Scotty’s Polo.
Of course, this “gap” was instantly the topic of discussion in the pit area. This until the arrival of the other Polo. Labuschagne and Chadwick had turned themselves inside out, and passed both their rivals. Starting the stage in fourth place, they were now the proud owners of second place overall. A truly remarkable finish. The S3 class went to the Mk1 Escort of Vaughn Robinson and Yari Brunings. They had the Mk1 Golf of Greg and Gary Heine, and the Citi Golf of Clyde Challenor and Roger de Charmoy to keep their efforts honest on every stage.
In the Quad category, Matthew Hendy really put the hammer down this time. He not only won the Quad section, but set the fastest overall aggregate time of the day in a great performance. Arnie Meiring had a fast and steady ride into second place, ahead of another three-way squabble for third.
Hugo Timmerman had to work hard to keep things under control, but he held on to third, despite the spirited attacks from Bronson Burger and Johannes Horn. Those Quads are really spectacular to watch. • The next round of the series takes place in the Umlaas Road area on Saturday, August 29.
Chris de Wit and Brian Clifton are literally flying in the local rally championship.