Healthy Entry for Freightmore All Tar Rally

The entry list for the CCMCC / WPMC All Tar Rally reflect a twenty one car presence in the rally category and four for the racing car category, but this event normally has a number of late entries leading into the actual event and 28/29 July 2017 will undoubtedly result in another very entertaining and challenging 98km of special stages.

Keenan Sassman and Llewellyn van Greunen must be anticipating their strongest event of the year in the Howard Centre Motors 413 CCMCC S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6. They have proven their pace regularly but have lacked consistency to date. Ismaeel Davids and Yusuf Ganief have been working around the clock to get their Extreme Contracting 431 CCMCC S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6 and a refreshed engine could see them really mixing it at the front of the S3 pack. Llewellyn Jones and Christopher Pichon another that will enjoy the tarmac in their extremely rapid CEJ 434 CPMCC VW Polo 1.6 16v. Warren Scholtz and Justin Gay another team knocking on the very busy S3 door for a good result in their 444 CPMCC VW Polo 2.0 and the combination have proven to be quite spectacular during the All Tarmac events.

Two relatively unknown, but certainly not to be underestimated, factors in S3 will be Mustapha Mia and Lyle Marais in the 456 CCMCC S3 Toyota Conquest 1.6 as well as Shaheen Amlay and Matthew Köhler in their Amlay Motorsport 402 CCMCC S3 Toyota Conquest 1.6. With Abduraghman Amlay on his way to full recovery there will be an added incentive in the Amlay Motorsport camp to give it their all.

Andy Haigh-Smith and Tania Vermaak may lack the outright grunt of the Toyota entries but consistency normally rewards at Killarney and the AHS Racing 432 CPMCC / WBMK S3 Mitsubishi Lancer GT1600 will be close enough to worry anyone not paying attention. New and unknown to the category will be Michael and Wendy Mitchell their neat looking BP 447 S3 VW Polo 1.6.
Riyaan Amlay and Rafick Mia will be aiming for a clean and consistent run in their Ramlay Builders 433 CCMCC S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6 as will Ettiene du Toit and Patrick Vermaak in the Team 467 WBMK S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6. Class S3 have undoubtedly proven to be the highlight of the year with so much potential present.

Dark horse entry for the All Tar may just be the 1.2 Turbo Manitou Group VW Polo of Paul-Hendrik Franken. This project car could potentially prove a very viable proposition for newcomers wishing to step into rallying as it is being developed as a cost effective, easy to maintain, entry level, ready to rally alternative.

Note to all competitors: Not only is the Porsche Gulf liveried Time2Go Travel 404 WBMK Volkswagen Golf MkI 1.6 of Tiaan Rabe and Jean-Pierre Jacobs very attractive, it is seemingly Porsche powered too as it managed a very competitive second overall on debut in Ceres. Did we mention Tiaan likes driving on tarmac and when he remembers to check the fuel level has the ability to surprise. To be confirmed but one could speculate as to why there are only one respresentative team from acciDent Guru. Piet will tell you that he had to interrupt another overseas holiday to host his own 46th birthday whilst Paul would add that since he has to attend the party he could not enter and Ian Long would state that thankfully Paul could not finish his beach buggy in time? Thus, no chance of getting embarrassed by the upstart blue Golf in their midst.

Jacques Phyfer and Sakkie Bosman are taking command of the Sabre Paints 406 CPMCC S4 VW Polo 2.0 20v of recovering Charl Strydom this weekend. Suppoe nobody will be telling Charl that Dirk Boonstra had discovered the Polo have effectively been running the season with permanently binding brakes nor that Jacques actually saw 2x World RX and 1x World Rally Champion, Petter Solberg, drive this car at Killarney. As a former Midas Clubmans racer Jacques certainly has the talent to be a serious challenger aboard the immaculately prepared Polo.

Shaun Jones and Craig Gray will be scaring the retaining walls with the constantly sideways 424 CPMCC S4 BMW E36 328i 2.8 and it should prove very popular with spectators. Trevor Hodges and Ian Thebus have also enjoyed a good 2017 to date and they will be hunting for more in their Claremont VW 421 CCMCC S4 VW Golf MkIII GTi 2.0 16v whilst Martin Esterhuyse Jnr will have Leon Esterhuyse navigating in the classic 437 CPMCC S4 Opel Kadett 2.0. Fresh from Amlay Motorsport they will be doing their best to keep the still drying paint from touching any walls. Rupert van Zyl and Marius Rudolph normally excel on the annual All Tar Rally at Killarney and the Hollandse Motor Spesialiste 405 WBMK S4 VW Golf MkII GTi 2.0 would certainly merit close attention on the scoresheets. John and Derick Clift will be checking the width of all the entrances and exits in their ACW Engineering 418 WBMK S4 Toyota Hilux 2.0 LDV.

Tariq Khatib and new navigator, Faiz Idas, return in their neat 412 CCMCC S2 VW Golf MkI 1.6 whilst the ever consistent duo of Julian Calvert and Terry Croy will be looking for another sound result in their 409 CCMCC S4 VW Golf MkIII GTi 2.0. Nice to see Denzil and Robin Isaacs back in their green 430 CCMCC S2 Toyota Tazz 1.3. Another potential entry to keep in mind will be the Extreme Contracting 422 CCMCC S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6 of Faizal Davids. A final outing before this car becomes a A7 / S4 2.0 20v beast.

From the track side Dirk Snr and Dirk Jnr Kruger must rank as the outright favourites in their G&A promotions C6 Toyota Corolla 1.8 16v. The veteran SA Oval Champion loves the All Tar event and knows Killarney better than most. Emile Assure and Robin Benjamin share a Honda Ballade 1.8 whilst Jade Lynch and Dean Esterhuysen will be making their All Tar debut in a VW Golf 1.8. Glen Phillips and Mike Nel present in a BMW 328.

Tuesday  25 July and Thursday 27 July will see all competing cars complete a db test at the Killarney Scrutineers between 18h00-19h00 and on Thursday evening Documentation and Scrutineering will be taking place in the New Pit Complex before the first car can start the event at 18h00 on Friday evening. Two night stages will see cars back in Parc Fermé  before tackling seven more stages from 08h00 on Saturday morning. The final two stages the popular Super Special format where two cars go head to head.

Two days of rallying for a R70 cover charge at the gates for spectators with live commentary keeping everyone informed on actual progress of the event whilst kids can enjoy the jumping castle or be entertained by the comedian, Gary Naidoo.

Weather, well that could simply turn this event on it’s head and did we mention this is the middle of winter? After all, this is rallying! At the time of writing there was no chance of any rain next week Friday or Saturday. Friday 28 July 14h00-20h00 2m/s Southerly and 18ºC with Sunset at 17h59. Saturday 29 July starts with Sunrise 07h46 going up to 10ºC and a 3m/s South Easterly. From 14h00 the temp goes to 19ºC with a 6m/s South South-Easterly.