Cape Overberg Rally - WC Club

 20 May 2022                                                     Scoobie Double                                     Western Cape Round 3

The Overberg Grand Prix, presented by the Cape Car & Motorcycle Club, attracted a solid 22 team entry for rounds 3 and 4 of the Western Cape Club Rally Championship. Round 3, Friday 20 May 2022, consisting of eight stages in the Bredasdorp district and round 4, Saturday 21 May 2022, consisting of seven stages in the Klipdale district.

The Overberg roads living up to expectations with very fast roads and near perfect rallying conditions. After an absence of more than two years the popular spectator points were filled with enthusiastic and knowledgeable spectators, just what the competitors needed to lift their spirit.

Llewellyn Jones and Christopher Pichon really having a great day at the office in their 434 CPMCC S5 CEJ Plant Hire Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4x4, finishing the opening day as overall winners of the Western Cape Club Championship leg, beaten only on the final two spectator stages at the Cape Agulhas Oval Track by second placed Owen Jones and Aden Bredenkamp in their 454 CPMCC S5 Somerset West Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4x4. Both finishing ahead of the entire national field on combined times. Great way to celebrate the approaching 30 year anniversary (16 June 1992) of the marque in South Africa.

Visiting Eastern Cape combination, Neels Vosloo and Rikus Fourie, home third in their very rapid 502 AMSC S5 Hero Fibre VW Polo. Keenan Sassman and Lloyd Brady finally found reliability in their 413 CCMCC S4 Barno Toyota Corolla RXi 1.8i to finish fourth whilst Paul-Hendrik Franken and Patrick Vermaak finished their one off appearance in fifth with the original 125 WBMK S5 Franken Motorsport VW Polo Vivo GT 1.0 Turbo. A prior engagement limiting their entry to just Friday.

Sakkie and Rikus van Zyl (Father and son) in sixth spot with the mighty 477 WPMC S2 Shatterfix / Car Save VW Golf MkI 1600. Shaheen and Yusuf Amlay (cousins) elated in reaching the finish of the event in 7th overall in the 402 CCMCC S4 Amlay Motorsport Toyota Conquest RSi 1.8i. Unfortunately they were missing a few gears and would not start Round 4 on Saturday morning.

Rupert van Zyl and Craig Gray 8th overall in their 405 CPMCC S4 The Hollandse Motor Specialist VW Polo 2.0 with a very frustrated Shuan Jones and Jason Thorpe 9th overall in the 424 CPMCC S5 Advanced Asphalt Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4x4. Numerous little problems delaying their progress, but they would be ready for Saturday.

Ebrahim Mia and Terry Croy enjoyed their debut in the ex-Shaun Jones 420 CCMCC S4 Silver Fox BMW E36 328i, maybe a touch too much, as they reached Parc Ferme on the canvas of their last set of tyres and had to withdraw from Saturday due to a lack of tyres. Chances are they would be a little more selective in burning up those rear wheels simply because it is fun.

Warren and Matt-Jason Köhler (Father and son) broke a front shockabsorber on SS1, skipped SS2, and continued under Super Rally to finish 11th overall in their ex-Danie van Niekerk 465 CCMCC S4 BMW E36 328i. Gareth Vernon and Marius Rudolph 12th in their 459 CPMCC S2 Car Save VW Golf MkI 1.4i with Julian Calvert and Nick Knights 13th, and the final classified finishers, in the 409 CPMCC S3 VW Golf MkIII GTi 2.0.

The unfortunate list starts with Kesevan and Mikyla Naidoo (Father and son) who weer forced to retire the 410 CCMCC S3 Freightmore Toyota Corolla RXi 1600 after just two stages with transmission problems. Warren Scholtz and Justin Gay suffering likewise problems on their 444 CPMCC S5 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4x4.

A rare mistake by Inus du Plessis and Piet Carinus saw the 461 WBMK S4 Coastal Tool Hire BMW E36 328i failing to negotiate a T Left and though they could recover and finish SS4 suspension damage would see them burn midnight oil to be ready for Saturday. Mustapha Mia and Ibraheem Amlay lost an argument with something rather solid on SS5 in their 456 CCMCC S3 Mia’s Auto Toyota Conquest RSi 1.6. The similar 457 CCMCC S3 Ramlay Builders Toyota Conquest RSi 1.6 of Seraaj and Ziyaad Amlay (cousins) also calling it a day after SS5.  

The completely rebuilt 422 CCMCC S3 Xtreme Motorsport Toyota Corolla RXi 1600 of Faizel Davids and Shaun Visser was suffering typical new car problems on it’s official shakedown rally. Having been absent from the local scene for some 6 years they were pleased to simply get some milage on the very neat looking car.

Oliver de Mann and Ingrid Jeacocks was another visiting crew from the Eastern Cape and unfortunately their 577 AMSC S5 Casrol Toyota Conquest RSi 1,8i also failed to reach Parc Ferme on Friday.

21 May 2022                                                                 JJJ Scoobie Trio                                Western Cape Round 4

Seven testing stages saw the reaming thirteen Western Cape teams working hard for their results as the seven Klipdale special stages threw everything at them.

It made no difference at the top of the time sheets as once again it was Llewellyn Jones and Christopher Pichon who ruled the roost in their 434 CPMCC S5 CEJ plant Hire Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4x4. Oom Llewellyn kept honest by 19 year old Owen Jones and Aden Bredenkamp in their second placed 454 CPMCC S5 Somerset West Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4x4. Shaun Jones and Jason Thorpe home third in their 424 CPMCC S5 Advanced Asphalt Subaru Impreza 2.0 Turbo 4x4.

Cannot recall another event in South Africa that have ever had the podium locked out by the same family, nor three Scoobies on the podium. Bravo Llewellyn Jones – Owen Jones and Shaun Jones and a triple for Subaru in their 30th anniversary year!

Neels Vosloo and Rikus Fourie fourth in the 502 AMSC S5 Hero Fibre VW Polo with a somewhat more cautious Inus du Plessis and Piet Carinus fifth in the 461 WBMK S4 Coastal Tool Hire BMW E36 328i. Keenan Sassman and Lloyd Brady hot on their heels in the 413 CCMCC S4 Barno Toyota Corolla RXi 1.8i. Rupert van Zyl and Craig Gray seventh in the 405 CPMCC S4 The Hollandse Motor Specialist VW Polo 2.0 (minus third gear for the day).

Warren and Matt-Jason Köhler eighth in the 465 CCMCC S4 Köhler Pac BMW E36 328i with Theo and Tyler Croy well satisfied with ninth overall in their 447 CCMCC S3 Rallying for Autism Toyota Corolla RXi 1600. Gareth Vernon and Marius Rudolph tenth in their 459 CPMCC S2 Car Save VW Golf MkI 1.4i and the final classified finishers, Julian Calvert and Nick Knights eleventh overall in the 409 CPMCC S3 VW Golf MkIII GTi 2.0.

Faizel Davids and Shaun Visser only managing a single stage in the 422 CCMCC S3 Xtreme Motorsport Toyota Corolla RXi 1600 whilst Sakkie and Rikus van Zyl suffred the worst possible retirement when their 477 WPMC S2 Shatterfix / Cars Save VW Golf MkI 1600 expired with gearbox failure on SS6.

A tough weekend with two events, but given the current economic limitations a very successful event.

Now for something completely different again as the CCMCC All Tar Rally is either loved or hated. An event that simply does not allow for any laps in concentration and certainly requires every horse available. A perfect spectator experience as the entire event takes place within the confines of the Killarney International Raceway.

Be there 6 August 2022!

 

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