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2018-05-24 09:32

Image: Motorpress

Defending South African National Rally Champions, Guy Botteril and navigator Simon Vacy-Lyle, may be back in the championship fight after a resounding victory on the 2018 York Rally, Round 2 of championship, but the season is far from over.

As it stands, Botterill/Vacy-Lyle find themselves tied for third place in the championship standings, and will be aiming for maximum points on Round 3, the upcoming Rally Star Rally, which takes place on 25 and 26 May 2018.

 Botterill  says: "We were disappointed to start our 2018 campaign with a DNF at Round 1. "But we managed to bring our Toyota Etios home in first place on Round 2, which put us right back in the thick of things."

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Tied

With that said, it is Toyota Etios driver Matthew Vacy-Lyle who finds himself tied with AC Potgieter (VW Polo) at the top of the standings, some five points clear of Botterill and Richard Leeke (Ford), who are tied in third place.

Botterill continues: "The championship is already a tight affair, just five points separate the top four crews, and anything can still happen. The important thing for us is to keep scoring as many points as possible."

                

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Round 3 promises to be an interesting one, as the Rallystar Rally is a new event on the SA National Rally Championship calendar. The event will take place in and around the Carousel Casino, between Pretoria and Bela-Bela, with two of the event's ten special stages set slightly further to the north.

 Botterill concluded: "We've prepared our Toyota Etios R2N well for the upcoming event, but since the event is all-new, we don't really know what to expect. On the one hand, the stages are sure to offer similar smooth, dusty surfaces as at the Bela-Bela Rally, which we used to race in the past. But then again, we won't know for sure until the recce starts,".

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Competition stage

The Rallystar Rally gets under way at 2pm on Friday, May 25, with four competitive stages on the day. Six more stages follow on Saturday, May 26, bringing the total racing distance to 153km.

Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa Acknowledges Its Sponsors and Specialist Official Suppliers and Technical Partners.

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