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The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - ALWYN VILJOEN

THE finest form of car rac­ing — rally — is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some­thing of a lo­cal resur­gence af­ter many years of steadily shrink­ing fields. A lot of the credit for this resur­gence has to go to self-con­fessed adren­a­line junkie Cobus Groe­newald.

Af­ter years of rally rac­ers moan­ing about Mo­tor­sport South Africa be­ing too this and too that, Groe­newald found the Africa Re­gional Rally Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Arro). On Arro’s web­site, rally rac­ers who com­pete un­der Arro state their aim is to make mo­tor­sport in South Africa ac­ces­si­ble, safe and fun for every­one.

The rac­ers have been rac­ing un­der the in­ter­na­tional af­fil­i­a­tion of the na­tional fed­er­a­tion, the World of Mo­tor­sport ZA, (Womza) since 2013 and while Arro’s events come with all the usual bick­er­ing as­so­ci­ated with rac­ing, the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s sup­port base is grow­ing.

One such sup­porter is Dean Redel­inghuys from Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, who in­vited

Wheels along to the sec­ond round of the Womza Na­tional Rally Cham­pi­onship, which was held in Se­cunda on Satur­day,

Apart from us KZNers, a rel­a­tively large field of 26 other cars had en­tered, with rac­ers from the North West, Lim­popo and Mpumalanga. Some crews worked from the back of a bakkie, and they had lots to do, as this year’s tracks on the farm Hol­fontein had sev­eral rough sec­tions that saw 11 cars re­tire.

The mar­shalls also used stop watches and soon trusted the driv­ers to nom­i­nate their times. Af­ter the sev­enth stage was can­celled, rac­ing con­cluded with a sham­bolic night stage and 16 cars in parc fermé.

KZN com­peti­tors Redel­inghuys and nav­i­ga­tor Amon Meyiwa, as well as even­tual class win­ners Marco Fer­reira and Hannes Pien­aar, were among the crews who got “a bit lost”.

At the jovial prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony Groen­wald apol­o­gised in Afrikaans for the race be­ing “a bit of a sham­bles”, but thanked all who trav­elled far to have fun against other rally ad­dicts. That is the part that Mo­tor­sport SA events have been miss­ing in re­cent times — the fun.

PHOTO: FACE­BOOK

When there is mud, KZN rally rac­ers Dean Redel­inghuys and Amon Meyiwa (CTH Trans­port) are in their el­e­ment.

Sis­ters Yvonne and Bianca The­unis­sen from Sa­bie “had to fix a ball joint” half­way through the rally, “but the thing bliksemed out again”, gift­ing podium plac­ers (in­set) Caro Storm and An­drea Raaths the in­for­mal ti­tle of fastest all-women team of the day.

PHOTOS: ALWYN VILJOEN

Class win­ners Marco Fer­reira and Hannes Pien­aar make dust in their WRX.

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