The 2017 Tour Natal Rally will be making a welcome return to the National Rally Calendar after a year long absence. The signature stages in the sugar cane fields have gained a reputation over the years of being both smooth and technical. These have all been included in this edition.
The event will also kick off a new direction in SA Rallying where the R2 class cars will be the Premier formula. The Classic stages in Scottburgh will be complimented with Classic cars, and what better way than the newly introduced formula called Classic Rally South Africa. The class will encourage pre ‘85 cars to be showcased on the National circuit, bringing back nostalgia in its truest form.
To compliment the young guns in the National R2 class and the seasoned Classic cars, there will be the Open Class. It is a category created for previous rally cars and newly built rally cars that don’t comply with either of the above categories, to also compete in the National Rally Championship.
The stages are in very good condition, exactly as we’re accustomed to expect from the South Coast rally roads.
The NRC has gone through some extensive remodelling of events around the country to make them more compact whilst keeping the competition high and costs low. The event will be run over two days, being Friday, 11 March and Saturday, 12 March 2017.
Recce will be a single pass on Friday morning starting from about 08h30. It should take roughly 3 hours to complete the 5 stages. There will be a sign-on register at the first recce stage and all stages will becontrolled by marshals.
Service crews will be allowed to scrutineer the rally vehicles while the team are out on the recce. This will take place at Scottburgh Country Club.
A drivers briefing and road position draw will take place at the Scottburgh Country Club followed by a poster signing and general interaction with the public at the Holding Area. All crews shoud be in race gear and we encourage you to bring material along for the public session.
Friday will start at 15h00. Crews will compete on the Invernettie stage and then on Drummdarroch followed by a remote service opposite the Drummdarroch stage. Thereafter the Invernettie stage will be repeated as the third and last stage of Friday. This will make the total stage distance on Friday 35km. Crews will head back to the Scottburgh Country Club for the Overnight Service. First cars are expected at 18h00. There will be no overnight Parc Ferme, thus cars will be decontrolled.
On Saturday morning ALL cars are to report back to the Pre Start Holding area by 08h00.
The day will kick off with a restart at 08h30 and head to Ellingham stage for a 25km wake up call. Crews will return to the Country club, where all Saturday’s services will occur, for a 30 minute ‘splash and dash’.
Montevideo and Esperanza Stages will keep the crews on their toes as the second and third stages. The three stages will be repeated again in the afternoon to make up the total distance for Saturday to 102km.
Podium celebrations will take place in the Scottburgh Country Club grounds at 16h00.