Rac­ers start rally sea­son with Tour Natal

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING - ADRIAN BURFORD

TEAM ATS is fully pre­pared for the open­ing round of the South African Na­tional Rally Cham­pi­onship, which starts with the Tour Natal in Scot­tburgh on KZN’s Hibis­cus Coast to­mor­row and on Satur­day.

This year the team tack­les the premier S1600 class in a Ford Fi­esta R2 — the same car used to such good ef­fect last year. It’ll take to the su­gar cane fields — the event’s sig­na­ture — in a re­vi­talised form and will boast var­i­ous per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing tech­ni­cal up­dates.

Richard Leeke jnr (driver) and Henry Kohne (nav­i­ga­tor) re­new their fruit­ful part­ner­ship and con­tinue to grow in ex­pe­ri­ence and con­fi­dence.

To­gether, they have the abil­ity to evolve into a truly for­mi­da­ble team.

De­spite a three-month lay-off (although both main­tain rig­or­ous gym rou­tines to stay in prime phys­i­cal shape) they were quickly up to speed on the open­ing round of the North­ern Re­gions Re­gional Cham­pi­onship event. This cur­tain-raiser, held in the Baps­fontein area in mid-Fe­bru­ary, net­ted the duo sec­ond over­all and a class.

With the im­por­tant ground­work done, Team ATS heads to the coast with high hopes, and a height­ened sense of ex­cite­ment at the prospect of rac­ing for over­all vic­tory.

PHOTO: MOTORPRESS

Richard Leeke and Henry Kohne are ready for ac­tion in the Tour Natal in Scot­tburgh on KZN’s Hibis­cus Coast to­mor­row and on Satur­day.

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