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Local racers prepare for Dundee as Hyundai still celebrate after Rally Argentina
IN one of the most electrifying World Rally Championship finales in memory, Hyundai Motorsport’s Thierry Neuville and codriver Nicolas Gilsoul claimed a stunning victory by only 0,7 second in Rally Argentina — the fifth round of the 2017 FIA WRC.
It is the team’s second win in a row after Tour de Corse, and their fifth WRC victory in total.
The two WRC wins in a row put Hyundai Motorsport second in the manufacturers’ championship and will make dealers happy as the old adage, “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” is still the best way to convince buyers of a brand’s abilities.
The next leg of the WRC is in Portugal on May 18 to 21, with five consecutive gravel events that will make it as riveting to watch on Red Bull TV as the Rally Argentina reruns.
A lot of gravel also awaits local sports presenter and radio personality Tony Ndoro, who joins Terence Marsh in the hot-seat of the Red-Lined Motorsport team in the Battlefields 400, round two of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) on May 12 and 13.
The team will be fielding three new Nissan Navaras built under the guidance of Graeme Thornton at the Red-Lined Motorsport workshop in the Kyalami Business Park. Kwese television sports channel will also be shooting a documentary insert of Ndoro’s experience as a navigator.
The Red-Lined team will use the Battlefields 400, based in Dundee, as a “working test” session before Marsh and team-mate Riaan Greyling tackle the Taklimakan Rally China from June 10 to 24. Also known as the “Oriental Dakar”, the Rally China covers a route of 6 500 km in the Taklimakan Desert and takes place over 13 days.
In KZN next weekend, the race headquarters and the designated service park (DSP) for the KwaZulu-Natal event will be at the Battlefield Country Lodge and Sports Resort on the outskirts of Dundee. Public entrance to these areas and spectator points along the route is free of charge.
The weekend will offer enthusiasts a full house of cross country racing, as it includes an invitation race for KZN bike and quad riders.
Enthusiasts can also follow the race on the RallySafe app for Apple and Android devices.
The app can be downloaded free of charge and plots the position of the cars during the race via maps and timing information.
Thierry Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul on their way to claim a 0,7-second win in the fender-ripping Rally Argentina.