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H&H at the Toyota Cape Dealer Rally – IN PHOTOS

This past weekend saw Handbrakes & Hairpins cover the Toyota Cape Dealer Rally, Round Six of the 2013 South African National Rally Championship in the Malmesbury farming region of the Western Cape.

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Cronje invited to compete in Malcolm Wilson Rally

The 2012 South African rally champions, Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton, have been invited by Malcolm Wilson, who heads up M-Sport, to compete in the Malcolm Wilson Rally in the United Kingdom on March 2.

They will be provided with a Ford Fiesta World Rally Car and will be given tuition in a pre-rally test session by Malcolm’s son, Matthew, who is an experienced WRC competitor.

The event will use classic stages in the Lake District, which is an area used for the Wales Rally GB round of the World Rally Championship. The one-day event will cover a route of 300 km with seven special stagers totalling some 75km. The rally has been staged since 1975 and is expected to attract more than 100 competitors at an entry fee of R5 500 per car!

Robin is being provided with pace notes similar to the system used in SA which should make things much easier for the duo, as in recent years SA drivers competing in overseas event – such as Jan Habig in the 2012 Rally Wales GB – have employed local co-drivers.

Malcolm Wilson, who competed in SA in the 1970’s, says his sponsorship of the SA crew is a thank you for them winning the 2012 SA rally championship in a car built by M-Sport. Although his M-Sport team no longer has Ford as a headline sponsor it still has the company as a technical partner and continues to compete at the highest level in rallying.

“Robin and I are very proud to be given this invitation by Malcolm Wilson,” said Mark Cronje. “Although not a major international event it will give us the opportunity to learn first-hand about conditions in the UK and also to evaluate our performance at WRC level should an opportunity present itself to compete in a WRC or ERC event later in the year.”

“This invitation for the South African champions to compete in a British rally is a real feather in the cap, not only for Mark and Robin, but also because it acknowledges the high standard of rallying in our country,” said the president of the SA Rally Commission, Richard Leeke.

“What is important is that the invitation came from one of the most influential men in world rallying, as Malcolm is the person who has been responsible for running Ford’s official rally programme for 16 years and indeed has been instrumental in the development of the S2000 category which forms the basis of our national rally series. He is also a respected rally driver with fond memories of competing in South Africa in our international Total and Castrol rallies.”

Cronje #24 is sponsored by the Ford Dealers of South Africa, Ferodo, Thule, Portable Shade and Bandit Signs.

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Team Total is put to the test

In the fast and fierce world of rallying, not many drivers in South Africa can claim to have put a premier Class S2000 rally machine through its paces. In fact, in the South African Rally Championship only 19 drivers in 2011 climbed behind the steering wheel of these specialised machines.

However, another name can be added to that prestigious list: CAR Magazine South Africa. As a bonus feature in this leading motoring publication’s performance shoot-out special edition (available for sale next week), the Toyota Auris S2000 of Team Total’s Mohammed Moosa was exhaustively tested by CAR Magazine’s rigorous performance trials. Continue reading Team Total is put to the test

Habig moves to greener pastures

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. Continue reading Habig moves to greener pastures

South African Rallying: Rankings and seedings for 2012

Castrol Team Toyota’s Leeroy Poulter tops the official Motorsport South Africa seeding list for drivers competing in the national rally championship. Team-mate Johnny Gemmell is seeded third, behind championship runner-up Mark Cronje (Ford Fiesta).

The seedings, which rank drivers according to the results of the timed special stages in each of the rounds of the championship, are an indication of who are the fastest drivers based on their best stage results throughout the season. Continue reading South African Rallying: Rankings and seedings for 2012