Fran­tic chase at Fin­ning­ley

Lo­cal rally rac­ers have lots of fun, de­spite odd bouts of cane-cut­ting

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING - BRIAN CLIFTON

HAVE you ever watched a Rot­tweiler chas­ing a Fox Ter­rier, with lunch in mind?

The re­cent Rallysprint held at Fin­ning­ley Es­tates was like that. The lit­tle white Tazz of Chris de Wit and Brian Clifton try­ing des­per­ately to es­cape the clutches of the snarling Skyline of Trevor Graham and Glen God­dard. In the end, the Tazz man­aged to es­cape with its skin in­tact, by a scant 22 sec­onds. It was a close run thing.

The Polo of Ber­tus Labuschagne and Peter Chad­wick lurked men­ac­ingly just be­hind this ac­tion, but sadly had a starter mo­tor prob­lem. The re­pairs took some time which caused them to book in late at the start con­trol and col­lect some nasty penal­ties.

This dropped them to last in the fi­nal rea­son­ing, but their pace had been great on the stages. It was great to see Roux van der Colff and Cor­rie van der Bergh fin­ish the event in their Ford Laser. They eased into the event, and got faster on ev­ery stage, mak­ing good progress.

The squab­ble for hon­ours in the S2 class was fran­tic. The Team CCC team-mates from Bal­lito have se­ri­ously upped their game, and had a great dice. Roger de Char­moy and Shane Vis­agie in their Golf man­aged to put one over the Polo of Clyde Chal­lenor and Ty­rone Koen — this time. The gap was only 13 sec­onds. The Es­cort of Vaughn Robin­son and Ed­ward Standen took third and — like Arnie — they will be back, stronger and faster.

Tony Ball brought his Lan­cia Ful­via out for some fresh air, and took novice nav Stu­art Clifton along to show him the road.

De­spite a small cane-cut­ting episode, right in front of the landowner, they set­tled down and had lots of fun. Sadly the Sta­ples/Hol­loway Con­quest blew a gas­ket, but they too will be back next time.

Among the quads, Matthew Hendy took ad­van­tage of his “home turf” to take a good win, and set the fastest time of the day, ahead of the cars.

David de An­dreis also en­joyed a good day, show­ing new-found pace to take sec­ond ahead of Hugo Tim­mer­man.

Nicky “Kick­start” Botes dropped a minute on stage 2, when the quad stalled and it took a while to re-start. This all moved him down to fourth, ahead of a flu-rid­den Gail Mitchell.

The of­froad class went to “the Camp­bells”. They brought along their BAT, pow­ered by a V6 Nissan, and the beast sang a won­der­ful tune. In a real fam­ily af­fair, Gary had the co-driv­ing du­ties split be­tween his two daugh­ters, and took the class ahead of the sin­gle seater Bar­racuda of David Cheek. The next event is at Doornkop on the North Coast on Oc­to­ber 31. Join the KZN Rally Face­book page for the videos, pic­tures and news.

Re­sults Rally Cars

1. Chris de Wit/Brian Clifton Toy­ota Tazz - 36-56,1 2. Trevor Graham/Glen God­dard - Nissan Skyline - 37-18,2 3. Roger de Char­moy/Shane Vis­agie - VW Golf - 39-10,5 4. Clyde Chal­lenor/Ty­rone Koen - VW Polo - 39-23,6 5. Vaughn Robin­son/Ed­ward Standen - Es­cort Mk1 - 40-51,4

Quads

1. Matthew Hendy - 36-15,5 2. David de An­dreis - 38-37,7 3. Hugo Tim­mer­man - 39-03,8 4. Nicky Botes - 39-50,9 5. Gail Mitchell - 43-10,6

Off-road Cars

1. Gary Camp­bell/Jes­sica Camp­bell - BAT --39-13,0. 2. David Cheek - Bar­racuda - 45-25,9.

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The snarling Skyline of Trevor Graham and Glen God­dard couldn’t catch the lit­tle white Tazz of Chris de Wit and Brian Clifton, with the Polo of Ber­tus Labuschagne and Peter Chad­wick in third place at the re­cent Rallysprint held at Fin­ning­ley Es­tates.

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