The Algoa National Rally, round four of the SA National Rally Championship, will beheld in and around Port Elizabeth this weekend. The rally action will start on Friday 6 July at 14:00 at Jachtvlakte followed by a spectacular night stage at the Baywest Mall. Spectators will have the opportunity of meeting the competitors at Baywest from 11:00 before the start of the event.
Saturday the 7th, MTO’s Longmore Forest will have spectator friendly stages with family fun, a jumping castle and food trucks at the service park. Baywest will be the place to be for the rally finale at 3pm followed by a podium celebration.
The rally will consist of some 12 stages to be contested over a total special stage distance of about 150km.
The event has attracted 40 entries. This is the biggest entry so far this year. The entry7 list inlude ten competitors competing in the SA National Rally Championship class. Three competitors have entered the class for classic cars and nine the open class.
Altogether sixteen crews will contest the regional class.
A drawcard is expected to be Hergen Fekken who with Carl Peskin is expected to make an appearance for VW in test car based on VW’s Polo Cup recipe as a potential car for the future to help grow the sport. Ismael Shermohammed to make his debut PE appearance in the Yaris S2000 with Pierre Jordaan Nav. Same for Rory Eland with experienced Robbie Coetzee in the yellow Subaru. They will have a tough time against the local ARC family of champions.
Current champions Father and daughter team of Johan and Juane Viljoen. Cousin to Johan is 2016 champions Riekus Schmidt with daughter Sherilee Pieterse Riekus Schmidt. And Sherilee’s husband Steph Pieterse with Matt Kohler in their 1.2L Turbo polo. Also new to Rallying is Nick Davidson with Ashley Bezuidenhout (2010 ARC driver champ) to read the notes in his R2N polo. Two time ARC driver champ Ross Battle with sister Roxanne with also want to settle a score with a good points haul. Current Open class leader Ian Rademeyer will compete PE event with his daughter Maryna Britz instead of Matt Kohler.
Classic is no surprises there. Hubi returning for his 2nd ever event in PE, Malherbe is the clear favourite as he has done a few PE events. But he will have a hard time with Bryan Heine in his modern classic car due to modern gearbox and engine. Open class is dominated by the local ARC Boys and girls…
In the national R2 class AC potgieter leads Guy Botterill by 1 point and Richard Leeke is 1 point ahead of Matthew Vacy-Lyle.. Jono van Wyk is back after missing the last rally due to engine parts not arriving in time.
Another regular in ARC is Clyde Challenor from Ballito with local PE boy Grayham Bishop who preps the the car as well as navigates are also another front runner who hope to bring the open class silverware home after a misfortune of luck this season.
Information supplied by Susan Vacy-Lyle and Rikus Fourie.