End of rally road for Hodgson

2013-05-02 07:50

Guy Hodgson, a stalwart of the South African VW rally team, has decided to take a step back from the limelight of the National rally stage.

Hodgson, a navigator who achieved National and Provincial colours, has been riding rallies with Enzo Kuun for 15 years, many of them under the VW banner.

“Motorsport, rallying specifically, is more than a sport,” he says. “It's my passion and I 've been privileged to share that passion in South Africa and internationally. I believe that along with the passion comes a responsibility to step off the stage when the time comes.”


While Hodgson has chosen to retire from the navigator's seat, his involvement in rallying will not stop – already his calendar is being organised for his role in the VW racing team.

“Guy is a valuable member of the rally team,” said Mike Rowe, head of VW Motorsport. “We're unwilling to squander his years of experience and will be putting that to use. The role a navigator plays is crucial, their responsibility extends far beyond calling instructions.

"Guy is a highly talented navigator, one of the few who have set the standard for future generations – who will do well to follow his example.”

Hodgson won a number of National championship titles with Kuun and also was awarded Springbok colours in 1987 when he won the Tulip Rally navigating for Dutch driver John Bosch in an Audi A2 quattro.

One of Hodgson's first duties for the racing team will be to ensure a smooth transition to a new navigator for Kuun. That will be Douglas Judd, no stranger to the team.


Kuun explained: “The relationship between driver and navigator goes far beyond being members of the same team. There is a bond of trust that develops after years of competition, success and tense moments in the car. Guy could always defuse the tension with his quick wit and sense of humour.”

Hodgson will be working with Kuun and Judd in coming events to help them build the relationship that will make their partnership a success on the National rally scene.