Six-times South African Rally Champion, Jan Habig has decided not to rally with Volkswagen South Africa for the 2012 season. Habig has had a twenty year relationship with the Uitenhage based manufacturer, and won all six championships behind the wheel of a VW rally car.
“It has been a privilege to be associated with Volkswagen South Africa, and I feel very honoured to have worked with the Management, not only in the Motorsport Department,” said Habig. “It is very difficult to single out any one person, but I feel I have to pay tribute to André van der Watt, Head of Motorsport, who had the confidence in me and welcome me into the Volkswagen Team in 1990.” “Then there are the technicians who are the unsung heroes in rallying – their support and hard work over the years contributed to winning championships.”
Habig started his Volkswagen association in 1993 behind the wheel of the Volkswagen Golf, as a privateer with limited sponsorship from Volkswagen. Ever since he has been faithful to the marque, and took his first championship way back in 1997. He clinched the first of six SA Rally Drivers Championships behind the wheel of the privateer Golf. He became a works driver for VW from 1997, and won a further five SA National Rally Championships. Since this time he has received full sponsorship and support and been a force to be reckoned with through his illustrious career.
“When one reflects on the past twenty odd years with Volkswagen, I have to say that it has been a difficult decision, because I have become part of the Volksie family,” said Habig. The Volkswagen Motorsport Department needs to be congratulated on their excellent performances over the past years, clinching the coveted SA Rally Championship six years in a row.” “I have to place on record, my sincere appreciation to the Marketing Department and the Motorsport Department for their dedication, expertise and commitment to the success of the VW Rally Team,” added Habig.
“I will not be hanging up my gloves, and I am not ready to retire yet,” said Habig. “When the 2012 season starts off with the Tour Natal in March, I will be on the starting line,” added Habig. “An announcement outlining my 2012 rally plans will be made shortly,” he concluded.