Koue Bokkeveld - Ceresiously!

Returning to the Koue Bokkeveld for round three of the 2018 Western Cape special stage Rally Championship certainly brings a new dimension to the series as more than a decade have passed since cars “yumped’ at Rocklands.

Ten special stages will see teams work hard from the 10h00 start at Ceres Toyota till the 16h00 finish at the Kaleo Guest farm. Leading contenders for overall victory on this event includes Oswaldo Mendes and kesevan Naidoo in their Skyway 129 WBMK / CCMCC S5 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4x4 but the popular Swakopmund driver will be facing stern opposition from the winners of the iKapa Reticulation & Flow Klipdale Rally. Father and son, John and Weston Peiser, compete in the very first Subaru Impreza GT 2.0 4x4 Turbo to rally in South Africa and have three titles behind their names as proof that the Speed pro Cycling Equipment 424 WPMC S5 combination is still seriously competitive.

Llewellyn Jones and Christophe Pichon enjoyed a brilliant debut victory in the CEJ Plant Hire 434 CPMCC S5 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4x4 during the recent REACT Night Rally Swartland and they won with such dominance that the opposition should be rather concerned.

Keenan Sassman and Clint Lingeveldt starts the S3 class war with an enormous target on the rear of their Howard Centre Motors 413 CCMCC S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6 and they can bet their bottom dollar on the fact that Darren van Greunen and Quinton Swarts will be ready to pounce in their rapidly improving 415 WBMK S3 Toyota Run X 1.6. Defending WP Rally Champions, Ettiene du Toit and Patrick Vermaak, not entering their home event on this occasion with the team 467 WBMK S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6.

Ismaeel Davids and Yusuf Ganief another crew to watch as they too have shown vast improvement in their id Paving 431 CCMCC S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6 and they will have Faizel Davids and Terry Croy shadowing them in the Xtreme Builders 422 CCMCC S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6.

After two events in the 2018 WP Championship it is Du Toit and Vermaak leading on points, but there is a catch! Though it is Ettiene du Toit leading as driver, it is actually Tania Vermaak leading as navigator and she will once again be seen in action with Andy Haigh-Smith as driver of the AHS Racing 432 CPMCC / WBMK S3 Mitsubishi Lancer GT 1.6. By no means the fastest rally car in the modern era, but consistency still pays dividends and they will be aiming for another solid points finish.

Julian Calvert and Marius Rudolph another team that has the finish Parc Fermé as their first priority in Lulu, their 409 CCMCC / WBMK S3 VW Golf MkII GTi 2.0 8v. Mustapha Mia and Yaseen Amlay will return in their 456 CCMCC S3 Toyota Conquest 1.6 whilst Erin Joshua and Dylan Timmes will be making their debut in another 462 CCMCC S3 Toyota Conquest 1.6. John and Derick Clift another never say die father and son combination in the very popular ECW Engineering 418 WBMK S4 Toyota Hilux 2.0.

Paul Emmanuel and Michelle Taylor missed the night event but will be back in their 450 CCMCC / CPMCC S4 VW Polo 2.0. Of particular interest in this category will be the debut of the ex-Hannes Grobler Howard Centre Motors 428 CCMCC S4 Nissan Skyline 3.1 of Winston Neethling and Lyle Marais. The sight and sound of this car reason enough to not miss the Ceres Toyota Rally on Saturday 12 May 2018!

Sadly a blown engine on the Seal Consulting Engineers 23 WBMC S4 VW Polo FSi 2.0 16v of Jan Everson and Fanie Botes will result in the neat orange car remaining in Walvis Bay this week.

Francois van Wyk and Ceres Toyota have become synonymous with the annual Witzenberg Motorklub round of the Western province Rally Championship and the friendly atmosphere during pre-event documentation and scrutineering have become a social event of note whilst the very impressive start from the Ceres Toyota premises in the Main Road has to rate amongst the most impressive at any motorsport event.

There are always a number of individuals working around the clock to allow competitors the privilege to practice their sport in a safe and well organised event and Clerk of the Course, Pierre van der Westhuizen, will be celebrating his 68th birthday on 9 May 2018. Just mentioning it …….

Johann Zulch have also delayed the debut of his own Ford Escort 1600 Sport in order to assist with the organising of this event and believe me, until you have actually taken the time to get involved with organising you will simply never understand why these volunteer officials are worth gold to the sport. Thank you for making it possible!

The Scoobies might be chasing overall victory this weekend, but nobody will move to the next spectator point until that tail happy Skyline have screamed it’s way past. No pressure Winston, just mentioning the fact that you will be driving a legendary rally vehicle with an even bigger reputation!