TOYOTA RULES RALLY START
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. —
Leeroy Poulter and Elvéne Coetzee in their Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Yaris S2000.