Thrills at first trib­ute rally

Live stream­ing, white-knuckle fund-rais­ing rides, farm fare and a big field ex­pected at first Dal­ton Zane Rencken Trib­ute Rally

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - AL­WYN VILJOEN

FOR the pit crew and fam­ily who ac­com­pany the driv­ers and nav­i­ga­tors to the far-flung places where ral­lies are held, it is a case of long waits be­tween duck­ing dust and fly­ing peb­bles at the old style spec­ta­tor points.

The Natal Mo­tor­cy­cle and Car Club aim to change all this with a World Rally Cham­pi­onship style Fan Zone, which will be a hive of ac­tiv­ity on Oc­to­ber 27.

This event will have the ac­tion live streamed to TV screens at the Dal­ton Farm­ers Club, a South African rally first.

With a full bar area avali­able, food and drinks on sale, in­clud­ing a ice cream van, all tastes are catered for. A fenced-in play area with a jump­ing cas­tle will pro­vide safe fun for the lit­tle ones.

Be­tween rac­ing eight in­vig­o­rat­ing stages to­talling some 100 km through su­gar cane fields and plan­ta­tions, the crews will re­fuel and ser­vice the race cars in front of the club house, where fans can watch them in ac­tion and meet driv­ers and nav­i­ga­tors.

Or­gan­iser Dean Redel­inghuys said some 40 com­peti­tors af­fil­i­ated to ei­ther Motorsport South Africa (MSA) or the World of Motorsport ZA (Womza) will for the first time com­pete against each other in a trib­ute rally to lo­cal rally racer Zane Rencken, who died ear­lier this year in a work-re­lated ac­ci­dent.

“It is fit­ting this head to head com­pe­ti­tion will be run un­der the ban­ner of sports­man­ship and unity, as the ral­ly­ing com­mu­nity pay trib­ute to a much re­spected com­peti­tor,” he said.

The event will also of­fer fans white-knuckle rides in two rally cars over a short, ac­tion-packed stage at R150 per ride, to raise funds for Reach for a Dream Foun­da­tion as well as the New­ton School Rally Car Project.

Pupils at the school in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg have been work­ing on build­ing a VW Golf rally car, which they aim to en­ter in lo­cal races early next year.

The Reach For a Dream Foun­da­tion will be in at­ten­dance, un­der their Cap­tain Courage ban­ner, to give ex­cited young­sters the thrill of a ral­ly­car ride.

“We ap­peal to all rally en­thu­si­asts, spec­ta­tors and fam­i­lies join­ing us on the day to sup­port this wor­thy cause,” said Redel­inghuys. • To get in­volved, con­tact Dean Redel­inghuys on 083 657 1526.

PHOTO: TOY­OTA SA

On Oc­to­ber 27, rally fans can ex­pe­ri­ence why KZN’s su­gar cane fields make for fan­tas­tic ral­lies, as demon­strated here by KZN’s fastest Etios rac­ers, Toy­ota Ga­zoo Rac­ing SA team’s Guy Bot­ter­ill and Si­mon Vacy-Lyle.

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