UITENHAGE, Eastern Cape - The annual Volkswagen Rally will start from the Auto Pavilion in Uitenhage on July 11 and will finish at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth the following day. The National rally competitors will be pushing hard to achieve victory with 15 stages of competition.The headline sponsor says winning will come easy for spectators as the event has been organised to make it as spectator-friendly as possible. The route, laid out by the Algoa Rally Club, has tar, gravel and forest stages complete with fast sweeps and very technical sections.SPECTATOR-FRIENDLY Route director Joe Fourie said: “The entire rally has been optimised to make spectating easy. From Stage 1 near Mission Road in Uitenhage through the Longmore Forest and on to Jeffrey's Bay on Friday evening, the stages should produce plenty of challenges for the competitors and lots of good opportunities for spectators to keep up with the action.” Day two, he added, would offer more good vantage points, including two Super Special stages with two cars competing simultaneously on the same track. “Of the 15 stages, only one is not recommended for spectating - it will be indicated on the spectator guide. So 14 stages of rallying with a big finish at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium will provide maximum accessibility for motorsport fans.” The layout on Saturday, with the first stages in the Mission Road area, will allow spectators to watch the start of the rally and then travel to Longmore Forest before heading to the finish at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Spectators who can’t make it to Longmore can stay for the first three stages – which includes the two Super Special stages – and then go straight to the finish and wait for the field to arrive. A spectator guide will be available online. Visit the Volkswagen Motorsport Facebook page.