Frantic chase at Finningley
Local rally racers have lots of fun, despite odd bouts of cane-cutting
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
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
1. Gary Campbell/Jessica Campbell - BAT --39-13,0. 2. David Cheek - Barracuda - 45-25,9.
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.