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KZN RallySprint series

19.02.2016

If 2015 was anything to go by, the 2016 ScottAir RallySprint series should produce some really fantastic dices.

It was not unusual to have four cars fighting for the win, as well as more frantic battles for the class placings last year.

And the excitement and fun starts up again this Saturday with the first of 10 rounds starting at Finningley Estates at Clanstal on the South Coast.

Each event consists of one or two stages, of between eight and 20km in length. The stages are then run a number of times to give a total distance of approximately 50 to 80km. The overall concept of running the stage a few times results in very fast, close and exciting rallying - without it being too expensive to take part in. 

Timing is done according to national rally standards and there are usually some interesting spectator points, which make for great spectator entertainment - and it is all free.

The KZN field has increased from eight cars a couple of years ago to almost more than 20 cars this year, making for great competition.

The 2015 KZN champions, Chris de Wit and Brian Clifton, will have to push the limits with their Corolla, as they face a challenge from the 2015 SA S1600 champions, Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle in their very fast Etios.

Then of course the Polo of Brian and Ashley Scott is really quick and should be over its teething problems by the start of round one.
Trevor Graham and Glen Goddard have their glorious sounding Skyline back to rude health, and the Polo of Bertus Labuschagne and Peter Chadwick has been getting faster and faster.

The Quad Squad, otherwise known as the Lunatics, always provide plenty of entertainment as well. The Quads have their own category, but frequently battle for the fastest time of the day.

In 2015 Matthew Hendy of Umkomaas proved to be the class of the field, but Toti's Nicky Botes has promised some new speed for 2016.

Spectators are welcome and admission is free. To get there follow the N2 South to the Scottburgh turnoff, then follow the red arrows.
And for any enthusiasts who would like to get involved in KZN regional rallying, you can contact Brian Clifton on 0824425208 or email Clifton.

Article written by Noreen Perryman
19.02.2016
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