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