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2011-12-02 08:50

DECISION AT LAST: Zimbabwe’s Conrad Rautenbach has been declared the 2011 South African Rally champion.

Zimbabwe’s Conrad Rautenbach has been declared the 2011 South African Rally champion following the ruling of a Motorsport SA appeal that the results of the fourth round of the championship be declared void.
The complete findings of the National Court of Appeal are available on the MSA website.
With the results of the Toyota Gauteng Dealer Rally over June 10/11, 2011 erased Rautenbach won the Drivers’ championship with 127 points.  He and his French co-driver Nicolas Klinger won three of the seven events that counted in their Super 2000 Ford Fiesta and finished on the podium four times.

Mark Cronje was second in the Drivers’ championship with 112 points after winning two events and finishing on the podium three times with co-driver Robin Houghton in an S2000 Fiesta.
Third place went to Johnny Gemmell in an S2000 Toyota Auris with 105 points. He and Scottish co-driver Drew Sturrock took three second places and a third from the seven rounds.
Fourth was defending champion Enzo Kuun (VW Polo) with 97 points and fifth Gemmell’s team mate and S2000 rookie Leeroy Poulter with 89 points.
Poulter, in only his second year in rallying, scored two wins and heads the MSA National rally seedings (a ranking system based on timed special stage performance throughout the year) from Cronje, Gemmell, Charl Wilken (Ford Fiesta) and Rautenbach.
Klinger was not eligible to score championship points as hecompeted with a French licence so the co-drivers’ championship went to Houghton with 115 points.  Sturrock was second with 109 points and third with 105 points was defending champion Guy Hodgson, co-driver for 2010 Drivers’ champion Enzo Kuun in an S2000 Polo.
Winners of the Two-Wheel Drive championship for cars in the Super 1600 and Super 1400 classes were brother and sister Christoff and Celeste Snyders (S1600 Polo) ahead of former champion Craig Trott and Robbie Coetzee (S1600 Toyota RunX). Guy Botterill (S1600 RunX) was third in the Drivers’ championship and Hilton Auffray took the final podium position in the co-drivers’ competition.
Toyota won the Manufacturers’ championship for the 14th year in a row with 793 points followed by VW (705) and Ford (672).

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