CRONJE started day two in his Ford Dealer Ford Fiesta first on the road with a lead of about 46 seconds and in spite of being first on the road he never let go of that lead. Hergen Fekken in the Castrol Toyota Yaris started second, but soon found himself pushed into third overall by the young Henk Lategan.
Lategan finished the rally +49.1 second behind Cronje. It was not long before the Toyota of Fekken was also overtaken by the Dutch Sasolracing Volkswagen Polo. Weijs kept the pressure up on his young teammate, but in the end finished third +1:06.6 off the pace.
That is the way it stayed until the end and for the Volkswagen team it was a better than before performance with two drivers on the podium. Weijs was also on the podium on the Sasol Rally.
Fourth overall was Japie van Niekerk in the NAD Ford. He started fourth on day 2 and finished the rally in that position+1:16.4 behind Cronje.
Wilro Dippenaar in the S2000 Challenge Toyota Auris brought his car home fifth quite far behind the leaders trailing the winning car by +4.41.8.
Leeroy Poulter in the Castrol Toyota Yaris, who leads the championship after the first two rounds, saw his championship aspirations take a big knock when his car’s engine blew up in stage 2 of the event. He finished sixth running under Rally Rules.
Guy Botterrill in a Toyota Etios was seventh overall and first in the S1600 Class +11:53.9.
The next event on the calender is the Volkswagen Rally In Port Elizabeth.
The full story of the PMC Rally and the final results will be posted here when it comes to hand.
author: Andries van der Walt