Volk­swa­gen on a podium hunt

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ROUND seven of the South African Na­tional Rally Cham­pi­onship sees the Volk­swa­gen Sa­sol­rac­ing team head to the Western Cape this week­end.

The big ques­tion among the team mem­bers is who will ap­pear on the podium af­ter the lucky 13 stages of the two-day event.

This af­ter the squad’s youngest rider Henk Late­gan and Barry White stepped on the podium at the first round of the sea­son.

Then Gugu Zulu and Pierre Ar­ries stepped up for the Sa­sol Rally while Zulu and Hil­ton Auf­fray ap­peared on the podium to­gether at round three.

Most re­cently, Her­gen Fekken and Ar­ries made their first podium fin­ish to­gether, in round six of the cham­pi­onship.

“The Volk­swa­gen Sa­sol­rac­ing team have put in some very good per­for­mances this sea­son,” said Mike Rowe, head of Volk­swa­gen Motorsport. “In the fi­nal stages of 2015, I’m ex­pect­ing fur­ther good re­sults as we wind up the cur­rent sea­son. The pace is there, the team is hard at work and the driver and nav­i­ga­tor pair­ings are the right com­bi­na­tion. We’ve got all the in­gre­di­ents to end the sea­son on a high note.”

Ford and Toy­ota will, of course, try to keep VW off the podium, which will make for flat-out ac­tion this week­end.

PHOTO: QUICK­PIC

The VW Sa­sol­rac­ing team are (from left) Henk Late­gan, Barry White, Hil­ton Auf­fray, Gugu Zulu, Pierre Ar­ries and Her­gen Fekken.

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