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2012-08-20 09:05

GOING INTERNATIONAL: Jan Habig has announced he will be participating in the upcoming 10th round of the World Rally Championship in September.

Jan Habig has announced he will be competing in the tenth round of the 2012 World Rally Championship, from September 13 to 16, 2012.

Habig will be a member of the M-Sport World Rally Team for the Rally of Great Britain, to be run in Wales.

Habig said: “I will be participating in a WRC spec Ford Fiesta, running in the colours and insignia of my South African sponsor, Basil Read.”


Habig started his rally career in 1983 as a privateer, and soon found himself in the Nissan Works team.

He stunned the world when he finished eighth overall in the 1994 Network Q rally in a Ford Escort built and prepared especially for him. He also joined Volkswagen in 1994 and won six South African Rally Driver championships with the team.

Habig announced his departure from the Volkswagen rally team in December, 2011, before making his debut in the S2000 Ford Fiesta on the Total Tour Natal earlier in 2012. Currently Habig is placed third overall on the 2012 South African Championship standings.

“I look forward to rallying with the professional M-Sport team, and believe that we will gain a tremendous amount of knowledge,” Habig said.

“I am confident that we will be in a position to apply this knowledge and further enhance the performance of our SA Ford Fiesta, not only for the remainder of the season, but also for the future.”

Unfortunately, Habig will not participate in the next round of the SA championship, due to changes made on the SA Rally calendar as it now clashes with the World Championship event. “I will be partnered by an international navigator, and this announcement will follow shortly.”


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