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2006-11-27 12:06
Charl Wilken and Greg Godrich aim to thrill their legions of fans in one final hurrah this Saturday when the Auto Pedigree/Castrol Toyota RunX takes to the tarmac of Gauteng's top tracks for the Bosal/Cars In Action Tarmac Challenge.

The non-championship multi-discipline event is in its 3rd year and has so far been dominated by rally drivers.

In the inaugural event in 2004, Wilken and Godrich beat all comers in their double-championship winning Auto Pedigree/Castrol Toyota Tazz, while Etienne Lourens/André Vermeulen claimed the honours in 2005.

Wilken and Godrich, the newly crowned national class A7 rally champions, dominated the final round of the 2006 Northern Regions Rally Championship on a similar tarmac route in early October, a result that augers well for another David vs Goliath performance when the results are tallied at Kyalami on Saturday afternoon.

"I really enjoy the tarmac event as there is no championship pressure", says Wilken, who has ten racing and rally titles to his credit in the past 13 years. "It's always good to compete, and the event is well publicized and enjoys good TV coverage, which is an added bonus to our loyal sponsors, Auto Pedigree and Castrol. It also gives the thousands of Gauteng motorsport fans something to remember", he added.

"Our main rival will once again be Etienne and Andre. Although they won last year, it was only by 25 seconds and we were in a 1600cc car. It should be much closer with our Auto Pedigree/Castrol RunX", Charl predicts. "You can never discount the likes of Cars In Action's publisher Michele Lupini in his potent Saab ? we will definitely be keeping an eye on them, as well as a couple of the hot Alfas and BMWs".

"The Tarmac Challenge format favours racing cars with a large portion based on race tracks so we will have to pull out all the stops on the Gerotek Mountain and Dynamic Handling stages. Either way, we'll give it everything we can and have some fun at the same time", Wilken concluded.

Starting 17h00 Friday evening 1 December with crews lapping Pretoria's Zwartkops Raceway in the opening Bosal Special Stage, the event then moves off to WesBank Raceway in Germiston for what promises to be a spectacular display of driving under floodlights in Special Stage 2 at 20h00 before the event's overnight stop there.

Action resumes at WesBank with Special Stage 3 on the Raceway mid-morning Saturday before crews tackle an exciting new stage at the Wadeville Testing Station. From there it's off to another stirring new test ? the Cars in Action Special Stage 5 should play into the hands of rally crews down Johann Rissik Drive in Waterkloof before lunch.

Action then resumes at the Gerotek Vehicle Proving Grounds west of Pretoria for one of the Bosal Cars in Action Tarmac Challenge's most daunting tests, the Honda Mountain Challenge on the facility's undulating Ride & Handling Circuit at 14h45. Gerotek action continues with Special Stage 7 facility's newly revised Dynamic Track.

The Bosal Cars in Action wraps up with the Ducati Special Stage 8 around the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit at 17h00 Saturday evening, before the prize giving at the circuit.

Among the track men out for glory will be the likes of Freddie Pretorius? Production Racing BMW 330i, Dawie de Villiers' Glenwood Alfa Romeo 159 GTA and former race category winner Brian Martin's Toyota taking on Production Champion Dave Compton's similar Sasol Run X.

There will be a number of interesting street car entries to spice up the action, too, with Peter Lindenberg returning in his Noble M400 and another former Tar Rally winner Michele Lupini and Dave McGregor looking for their slice of the action in the fearsome Silverstone Sandton Saab 9-3R.

Final route details, stage times, a detailed spectator guide and a full entry list will be posted on event website motoring.iafrica.com/tarchallenge by Thursday 30 November ? download them and make your way to a venue near you to enjoy the Bosal Cars in Action Tarmac Challenge action ? or to follow the entire thrilling event around Gauteng's greatest driving challenges.


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