TEAMED-UP FOR 2015: Gugu Zulu (left) and Pierre Arries will drive and map-read together for 2015 as Zulu's previous co-driver has had to gp work for a living. Image: Quickpic
UTENHAGE, Eastern Cape - The Volkswagen team is primed for the 2015 South African National Rally championship whose eight-round season will start in kwaZulu-Natal at the end of February.
The cars will race over a variety of conditions: sugar-cane fields to mielie fields, forests to farmland, in several provinces.
Mike Rowe, head of VW Motorsport, said: "The VW team grew in stature and confidence in 2014. With Hans Weijs and Björn Degandt second for us in the 2014 National championship we believe we are well set for a great 2015 season - which will include one change in the team line-up."
The VW team will see Weijs and Degandt rallying alongside Henk Lategan and Barry White with Gugu Zulu and Pierre Arries rounding out the three-car team. Arries has resumed duties for 2015 alongside Zulu to replace Zulu's long-time navigator and multiple National championship winner Carl Peskin.
Peskin has made it known that business pressure forced his decision to withdraw.
Rowe said: "Carl has been a great asset to the team and to Gugu's growth as a National rally driver. We are sad to lose him as an active team member in 2015."
Peskin said: "Competing with the VW team for eight years and winning three National titles with Gugu has been a tremendous experience. Now I have to focus on my career as an investment banker so the rallying has to take a back seat for a while.
"I wish Gugu and Pierre every success in 2015."