After picking up several podiums in his debut season Gugu Zulu, in his Sasol DualFuel Volkswagen Chico, proved his versatility as a rally driver by claiming his first Class A5 victory on dirt on the Toyota Dealer Cape Rally held in the Western Cape this past weekend. -

- Zulu is ecstatic at trouncing the opposition and says, "Its wonderful to experience that winning feeling again." -

- After a rocky start to the season, plagued with mechanical failures, Zulu has finally registered his name on the points' table with this win. -

- Zulu and co-driver, Dave McGregor, in their #111 SASOL-backed Chico, grabbed the Class A5 lead from the word go on Friday afternoon with a 7 second lead over Steve Putter and Kelvin Flockhart in a similar Golf, after the first Special Stage. The A5 battle quickly developed into a two-car battle with Zulu and Putter slugging it out blow for blow in the first few stages. They even returned identical times on Special Stage 4. -

- "After day 1 Steve and I were roughly a minute ahead of everyone else," notes Zulu. "On day two, I had a bit of an off into a barbed wire fence and it took me a couple of tries to get away, that's how slippery the conditions were, but even after our small excursion, we were still leading by 10 seconds." -

- After turning in near identical times again in SS 6 Zulu decided to drop the hammer and pulled 29 seconds on Putter. -

- "We managed to top 170km/h at one point and did an average speed of 122km/h on a stage of only 20km. Dave (McGregor) even asked me to slow down a couple of times, that's how quick we were going." -

- From there on in they pulled more and more of a lead over Putter and Flockhart. -

- The rally did not go without drama though as in the final 110km drive to Parc Ferme the Chico developed a small intermittent fuel surge problem, just ten kilometres from home. -

- "We were praying in the car and had everything crossed for good luck. I did just 80km/h trying to nurse the car home. Fortunately it all held together and we finished with about a 1 minute lead." -

- "It was a very fast and enjoyable rally, though I would've liked the opportunity to challenge (2002 Class A5 Champ) Rodney Visagie, who retired very early on." -

- "This was a great belated birthday present and I would just like to thank all my supporters in that part of the world, those guys are just great." -

- Zulu is confident that this is the first of many victories and is quick to point out that with the right backing and car he is capable of winning as he proved this weekend. Now with some points on the board he has set his sights firmly set on the A5 championship and states that in rallying, "Anything can happen." -

- The Sasol DualFuel driver will be looking forward to more of the same on the (20 to 21 June) Sasol Rally in Mpumalanga. -


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