TOY­OTA RULES RALLY START

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING - WR.

TOY­OTA took the top two podium steps on the open­ing round of the South African Na­tional Rally Cham­pi­onship in the Free State town of Welkom this week­end.

The in­au­gu­ral Gold­fields Rally saw 2014 cham­pi­ons, Leeroy Poul­ter and Elvéne Coetzee take over­all vic­tory in their Toy­ota Ga­zoo Rac­ing SA Yaris S2000. Team- mates Giniel de Vil­liers and Carolyn Swan fin­ished in se­cond place, in the same car.

Glyn Hall, team prin­ci­pal of Toy­ota Ga­zoo Rac­ing SA, said “de­spite a whole new team or­gan­is­ing things, the crews cer­tainly put on a good show. And for us, com­ing first and se­cond on the open­ing round of the cham­pi­onship was a fan­tas­tic re­sult”.

In Class S1600, for fron­twheel- drive cars with en­gines up to 1 600 cc, it was de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Guy Bot­ter­ill and nav­i­ga­tor Si­mon Vacy- Lyle who led from start to fin­ish, giv­ing their lYato- sup­ported Toy­ota Etios an­other class vic­tory, and as­sist­ing Toy­ota in win­ning the man­u­fac­turer’s award.

The next round of the na­tional rally cham­pi­onship is the leg­endary Sa­sol Rally, which takes place on the week­end of April 22 and 23, on the rough forestry tracks around Graskop and White River. —

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

Leeroy Poul­ter and Elvéne Coetzee in their Toy­ota Ga­zoo Rac­ing SA Yaris S2000.

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