EAT MY DUST: Chad Van Beurden/ Nico Swartz Beurden Construction VW Polo are ready for the Cape Dealer Rally on September 19/20.Image: Dave Ledbitter
CAPE TOWN - Round 6 of the South African National Rally Championship will be raced in the Western Cape on September 19/20.
The event has been given a fresh look. A short first day covering 45km of special-stage rallying consists of one gravel stage, two tarmac stages and two night tarmac town stages over a one-km course.
Day 2's seven special stages will cover 127km.
The weather could play an important role in the outcome: 2013's battle for overall honours was fought in cold and windy conditions on the Friday and wet and slippery conditions on the Saturday after overnight rain that continued throughout much of the morning - but what competitors can count on is the challenge of the traditional tight and twisty gravel roads near Malmesbury and Moorreesburg.
The two-day, 529km rally will begin with the traditional ceremonial start at Cape Gate in Brackenfell at 2pm on Friday September 19, with special stage one, some 15km from Durbanville, starting at 2.35pm and will finish at the Meerendal wine estate west of Durbanville at 2.35pm on Saturday September 20.
Stages two and three on Friday will be at the Killarney race circuit 3.30pm - stage three will be a repeat of stage two. Stages four and five at Toyota CapeGate, starting at 7pm, will conclude the day’s activities. Total racing distance for Friday is 47km.
The Killarney circuit and CapeGate night town stages have been chosen with maximum benefit for spectators, with the fans being given every opportunity to see their favourites close up without having to travel distances between vantage points.
SIX GRAVEL STAGES
Saturday’s action will begin with the first of the day’s seven stages starting at 8am at Langgewens, 72km CapeGate overnight stop. The first three stages, each on gravel and covering a total distance of 63km, will be followed by the first of two compulsory service stops at Paddavlei. They will then be repeated as stages nine, 10 and 11, with another service stop before stage 11.
The rally will then make the 76km liaison trip to Meerendal in the Tygerberg Hills near Durbanville. The day’s final stage will take place at the wine estate, with the first car off at 2.35pm. The traditional podium ceremony and wine-spraying will be at 4pm.
The second day’s six gravel stages will be a challenging mix of technical, tight tests – such as Langgewens 1 and 2, at 26km the longest of the event – and fast stages such as Nuwedam 1 and 2 over 25km each.
Comprehensive spectator guides giving details of the competitors, the championship and the recommended spectator points will be available at CapeGate throughout the week leading up to the event.