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Volkswagen push for the podium at Polokwane rally


WE HATE it when our favourite series comes to an end. What do you do with yourself between the time that it ends and the time that it starts again, normally many months later? We have that same fear when it comes to the SA National Rally Championship. The rally has entered its final stage, which is set to take place this coming weekend in and around Polokwane. Volkswagen reckons that it is ready for the final push towards the podium.

Following a double-podium finish in the Western Cape – finishing second and third at the penultimate round of the SA National Rally Championship, the Volkswagen Sasolracing Rally Team are primed for another high octane performance. The final rally of the season presents the last opportunity this year for the team to claim further successes – and Gugu Zulu is on track to finish third overall for the year.

“Gugu Zulu and Hilton Auffray made their best podium appearance together, finishing second overall at the previous event,” says Mike Rowe, head of Volkswagen Motorsport. “Hergen Fekken and Pierre Arries were third overall making sure two of the Volkswagen Sasolracing Polo S2000s were amongst the top finishers at that round.”

Another good finish from Gugu this season and he'll claim a top-three position for the year. Volkswagen is also expecting another good performance from Henk Lategan and Barry White at this final event. The pair were on pace in the Western Cape, producing excellent stage times and right up with the frontrunners. They are fully capable of delivering their best result of 2015 at this final round.

The Volkswagen Sasolracing Rally Team has appeared on the podium six times in the seven rounds that have already been completed this year – with Zulu appearing on the podium three times, first with Fekken at his side and then with Auffray in the navigator's seat on two occasions.

The Polokwane Motor Rally will see the Volkswagen Sasolracing team contest 10 stages over 130km of competition on gravel, starting from the Peter Mokaba Stadium, which will test the skills of the national rally field as they battle it out to see who will dominate at the final round of the season.

The Volkswagen Sasolracing Rally Team will be determined to finish their year on a high note, again pushing to be amongst the rally leaders, working for stage victories and overall domination of the event.

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