KZN’s fast and the fu­ri­ous

2015 CTH Rallysprint Se­ries round held in Dal­ton saw some spec­tac­u­lar rac­ing in all classes

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - BRIAN CLIFTON

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.

PHOTO: CLAIRE CLIFTON

Chris de Wit and Brian Clifton are lit­er­ally fly­ing in the lo­cal rally cham­pi­onship.

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