RALLY REPORT BY PATRIC VERMAAK
Rûens Kollege (Waar Kind word en Groot word lekker word) looked like a beautiful oasis on the Klipdale Farm with the traditional start / finish venue of the Overberg Agri silo’s keep watch in the background.
Amongst the benefits of having teams camp at the Rûens Kollege was that for once Paul van Wyk was on time for everything! The only problem was he could not prove it as there was to be no Documentation, Scrutineering, Competitor briefing, he simply had to be at the start on time! The virtual era had arrived thanks to the effects of the dreaded pandemic and the Official Notice board was now present as a WhatsApp Group stamped with the time of posting each document.
Seventeen cars would be flagged away from Rûens Kollege for the opening Antoinette special stage but only thirteen would return to Service. Despite everyone genuinely having done all they could to be prepared for this event, “Murphy” remains a constant threat. Llewellyn Jones and Christopher Pichon arrived with the left rear tyre on their CEJ Plant Hire 434 CPMCC S5 Subaru Impreza STi WRX 2.0 Turbo 4×4 in tatters, and neither knew where or how it occurred. Given their stage winning time the tyre had to have deflated near the Flying Finish.
Shaun Jones and Jason Thorpe just three seconds slower in the Advanced Asphalting 424 CPMCC S5 Subaru Impreza STi WRX 2.0 Turbo 4×4 and showing signs of non enjoying the windless 28ºC ambient temperature. Mustapha Mia and Ameen Snell on it from the start with their Mia’s Motorsport 456 CCMCC S3 Toyota Conquest RSi 1600 with Riyaan Amlay and Yaseen Amlay breathing down their neck in the Ramlay Builders 433 CCMCC S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1600.
Already out of the event was Ismaeel Davids and Yusuf Ganief with a broken lower control arm on their 431 CCMCC S5 Toyota Auris 2.0 4×4 S2000, the 421 CCMCC S4 Volkswagen Golf MkII GTi 2.0 16v of Trevor Hodges and Ian Thebus with an overheating engine, the rolled 459 CPMCC S2 Volkswagen Golf MkI 1600 of Gareth Vernon and Marius Rudolph and the Race for Autism 447 CCMCC S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1600 of Theo Croy and Tyler Croy going out with a broken left rear shock-absorber.
SS2, Wolvenkloof, saw the two Scoobies separated by only 13 seconds on total time whilst Riyaan Amlay and Mustapha Mia tied for third overall. The DKW on steroids ala 1.0 Turbo VW Polo Vivo of Paul-Hendrik Franken and Lloyd Brady a very close fifth with Ebrahim Mia and Terry Croy also starting to gain momentum. The ex- Davids Ramlay Builders 410 CCMCC S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1600 of Kesevan and Mikyle Naidoo was starting to smell like oil whilst the acciDent Guru 469 S3 Volkswagen Golf MkI 2.0 8v of Paul van Wyk and Tania Vermaak had developed an incredible fear for the Overberg Grand Prix refusing to release the rear brakes from SS1.
SS3, Geskenk, provided more entertainment than anticipated when Sakkie van Zyl and Henry Köhne found themselves rather out of shape at the end of a long flat out section in the Shatterfix 477 S2 Volkswagen Golf MkI 1600. Henry possibly dreaming of Dakar whilst the Golf did not live up to VK56 off road standards. Recovering, just to change a flat left front tyre down the road, saw colour return to the very pale owner of the Nissan Pathfinder (Piet Steyn) that was fitting the windscreen of the errant Golf moments earlier.
Though SS4 was the end for the Naidoo father and son, they clearly enjoyed the opportunity to compete together. Now there is the issue of who is the better driver to resolve! Warren Köhler and Matthew Köhler (father and son) sadly also calling it as day with the Köhler Pac 65 CCMCC S2 Toyota Corolla 1600 RWD with a blown head gasket and the stirling drive by Riyaan Amlay and Yaseen Amlay (cousins) in the Ramlay Builders 433 CCMCC S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1600 halted with the tip of a driveshaft snapping inside the differential on SS3.
Llewellyn Jones and Christopher Pichon clearly finding their rhythm again in the white Scoobie whilst Shaun Jones and Jason Thorpe were doing a great job in second place despite some overheating concerns. Ebrahim Mia and Terry Croy was suddenly beginning to find their rhythm whilst the Polo of Franken and Brady seemed to be losing power
Special stage 6, a challenging 13.45km route known as Hermanusheuwel, would be repeated as SS7 and these two stages presented an opportunity to those with some reserves to really get stuck in. At the front the white Scoobie simply seemed to be cruising to victory with the blue version really entertaining in second spot. Mustapha Mia really looked impressive with the white Conquest sounding crisp. But the team on a mission was Ebrahim Mia and Terry Croy in their 430 CCMCC S4 Mia’s Motorsport Toyota Conquest 1.8. Their hairy exit from the Hermanusheuwel farmyard truly spectacular but they managed to take 12seconds off the white Scoobie to win the stage. Even Eric Joseph improved on his 100m sprint time as the Conquest aimed for the exit gate!
Coming past for the final stage Llewellyn Jones and Christopher Pichon showed their sporting spirit by wrong slotting, gifting a stage win to the Auris that returned under Super Rally rules. Ebrahim and Terry posting another impressive time to slip past Mustapha Mia whilst the Franken Polo could do no more.
The final sting in the tail coming when the Shatterfix Volkswagen Golf MkI 1600 of Sakkie Van Zyl and Henry Köhne ran out of electrical power on the startline for SS7. The team had just spent 30min in service without realising that the alternator had expired. They started the stage but then the car simply ground to a halt. Paul van Wyk and Tania Vermaak, still battling with little to no brakes started behind their teammates and sportingly tried to push start the blue Golf but there was no recovery.
But, there was more drama to come when the Provisional Results reflected a number of early penalties. Llewellyn Jones and Christopher Pichon deservedly took a fine overall victory in their CEJ Plant Hire 434 CPMCC S5 Subaru Impreza 2.0 Turbo 4×4 and they remain the team to beat in the Western Cape.
Mustapha Mia and Ameen Snell credited with second overall after what had to be the most consistent drive of the day in the neat and really healthy-sounding Mia’s Motorsport 456 CCMCC S3 Toyota Conquest RSi 1600.
Having given absolutely everything they had to win SS6 being the fastest 2wd on SS7 a soul-destroying 1min early penalty dropped Ebrahim Mia and Terry Croy to third overall in their Mia’s Motorsport 430 CCMCC S4 Toyota Conquest 1.8. The two cousins certainly stating their intent for 2021 and both very impressive on stage.
Shaun Jones and Jason Thorpe ran a comfortable second overall on special stage times but overheating saw them changing a radiator. A process that cost them more time than servicing allowed. They requested slotting in ahead of the duelling Conquest cousins and it was allowed, but somehow a 6min early penalty reared it’s head when results were published and they dropped to fourth overall.
Paul-Hendrik Franken and Lloyd Brady had a quiet day in the office and were a little puzzled with a gradual loss of power in the 1.0 Turbo 125 S5 VW Polo Vivo and had to settle for fifth place overall. Seraaj Amlay and Ziyaad Amlay made it home in sixth overall with the Ramlay Builders 457 CCMCC S3 Volkswagen Golf MkIII 2.0 after another consistent outing whilst Paul van Wyk and Tania Vermaak were simply happy to reach the finish after a truly testing day of little to no brakes on the acciDent Guru Car Save 469 S3 Volkswagen Golf MkI 2.0 8v.
Rupert van Zyl and Warren Scholtz brought their down on power 405 S3 VW Polo 2.0 home in eighth spot with the final classified finishers, Julian Calvert and Nick Knight, ninth in the 409 S3 Volkswagen Golf MkIII GTi 2.0.
What a great return to rallying! There are always more people to thank behind the scenes of any rally but Rûens Kollege (Marica Lourens), Overberg Agri (Oelies Fourie), Armien Levy Motorsport (Armien Levy), Ramlay Builders (Riyaan Amlay), R Waan Media (Riedwaan Nordien), Scorer (Jeanine Gray), Radios, Marshals formed the nucleus of a successful event.
Clint Lingeveld (D&S Motorsport) and Bevin Harris (BH Media) and team for your efforts in promoting the sport. Always great to have Lance and Rosemarie Maytham present as the honorary senior citizens of Bredasdorp.
With the CPMCC Porterville Rally now rescheduled for 5 June 2021 the rally season may only be a Club Championship but there is no reason why it should not be another great season of rallying.
See you in Porterville
RALLYSTAR THANKS Patrick Vermaak FOR ANOTHER COMPREHENSIVE RALLY REPORT