Peiser wins All Tar Rally

John Peiser (Plattekloof) and Weston Peiser (Plattekloof) showed their class on Saturday 4 August 2018 when they steered the Speed Pro Cycling Components 425 WPMC S5 Subaru Impreza 4x4 Turbo 2.0 to a convincing overall victory on the Killarney All Tar Rally, round five of the 2018 Western Cape Rally Championship, by winning all six stages. The father and son combination also now move into first position on the regional championship points log with two gravel events remaining, the 8 September 2018 (CEJ Plant Hire Malmesbury Rally) and 6 October 2018 (Riebeek Kasteel Rally).

Though this was an official round of the Western Cape Rally Championship the event also presented a unique opportunity for cars from other motorsport categories to enter as challengers, going head-to-head with the rallyists on what could be considered their home territory, and a number of very interesting entries accepted the challenge. The All Tar is tough, in whatever format it might be presented as there is no hiding away from the stopwatches, time waits for nobody. Whatever the excuse, it always reflects to the occupants of the car!

Twenty seven teams started the event and nineteen reached the final Parc Fermé and, thankfully, not a scratch on any building. Topping the challenge scoresheet was Paul-Hendrik Franken (Stellenbosch) and Hilton Auffray  (Zevenwacht) in the Burly Pro GTi Challenge B25 WPMC / CCMCC VW Polo GTi 2.0 and the former rallyist turned racer certainly proved that he has matured into a formidable driver on any surface. Watch this space as this young talent certainly has rallying in his blood and a very interesting car could see his return to gravel in the not too distant future. Also great to note Henk Lategan and Barry White taking a debut Off-Road victory in their Gazoo Toyota.

Beating “Oom” Dirk and Dirk Kruger Jnr is a tall order, even if the former Clubmans G&A Promotions  A6 WPMC Toyota Corolla 1.8 possibly suffered from a lack of “works” preparation on the final stage of the event. Just 13 seconds separated the Polo from the Corolla after 82km of serious tarmac rallying and though both could actually be considered off-road experts (Dirk Snr a former SA Gravel Oval Champion and Paul-Hendrik Franken a WP rallyist) their result was possibly the best ever for the challengers as they would have been second and third overall.

Ettiene du Toit (Edgemead) and Patrick Vermaak (Strand) the second rally team home in the Team 467 WBMK S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6. Try as they might the little 1.6 simply could not live with the more powerful cars on the final two 8 lap oval races, but they certainly enjoyed irritating them. Emile Assure and Jer-Min Lyou traded their Honda for the Burly Pro GTi Challenge B58 WPMC VW Polo GTi 2.0 and it proved to be a wise option as they posted fifth overall on mixed result and a fine third as challengers. Undoubtedly their best All Tar result to date and holds much promise for future events. 

Ismaeel Davids (Rondebosch) and Yusuf Ganief (Surrey Estate) continued to impress as the third rally team home and sixth on mixed result in their neat ID Paving 431 CCMCC S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6i. This combination certainly raising their game with each outing and with prospects of contesting the open category of the SA national championship in 2019 their S2000 / S5 Run X might be seen in a number of events outside the Western Cape. There is even a rumour of a national rally returning to the Western Cape in 2019?

Ebrahim Mia (Grassy Park) and Ameen Snell (Ottery) another impressive combination in their 420 CCMCC S4 Toyota Conquest 1.8 as the fourth rally team home and seventh on combined scoring. Had it not been for a few pirouettes in support of the spectators, they could have been higher on the results, but they certainly were trying hard out there. Shaheen Amlay (Kensington) and Ibraheem Amlay (Retreat) next in the Amlay Motorsport 402 CCMCC S4 Toyota Run X RSi 1.8. Just 37 seconds separated the Davids, Mia and Amlay after 82km of entertaining rallying. Riyaan Amlay (Grassy Park) and Yaseen Amlay (Retreat) had their Ramlay Construction 433 CCMCC S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6i completed the gaggle of four Toyota’s. They unfortunately had a puncture in SS5.

Tenth overall and 1st in S2 was possibly the biggest surprise in the results with husband and wife, Johann Zulch (Ceres) and Petra Zulch (Ceres), giving their recently completed Ford Escort 1600 Sport an impressive outing, just three seconds clear of Tariq Khatib and Faiz Idas in their neat Isaacs Motors 412 CCMCC S2 VW Golf MkI 1.6. A two minute early penalty denying the Golf pairing the class victory. Johann Zulch retired from rallying in 1997 having set all sorts of standards behind the wheel of his legendary “shopping trolley” Ford Escort 1600 Sport. 30 consecutive rally finishes and four class championships in seven years just a few to mention. Returning after 21 years and still be winning classes is worthy of applause, even if it was with a little help from Faiz on this occasion.

Andy Haigh-Smith (Malmesbury) and Tania Vermaak (Strand) also did not have a good day at the office as the Team AHS 432 CPMCC / WBMK S3 Mitsubishi Lancer GT1600 broke it’s power steering belt at the very first corner of SS1 and the now very tired driver had to play catch-up in conditions which certainly did not favour an underpowered car. John Clift (Struisbaai) and Derick Clift (Paarl) hot on their heel with the ACW Engineering 418 WBMK S4 Toyota Hilux 2.0.

Steve and Seth Griffin-Wintle enjoyed an encouraging debut in their very impressive looking Linel B37 WPMC Ford Escort 2.0, but due to inexperience on the trackers side they incurred a rather hefty 3min early penalty. Possibly a good idea to have a training session with the track entries prior to the next all tar. They could most likely have reached the top ten in the combined result had they not been penalised. Compliments too on a very attractive build.

Much the same applies to Steve Bekker (Strand) and Jaco van Zyl in that wall hugging Access Auto B5 WPMC Opel Kadett GTE. This time they concentrated on the Van Greunen “Yump” and photographer, Steve Williams, have a great picture of them applying for lunar clearance from Cape Town International. Gunter Drotschie and Martin van Staden tried to roll-up the track in their rather unique G&A Promotions A2 WPMC Toyota Hilux, Lexus 4.0 V8 powered, truck. This vehicle really having something of an identity crisis as it is neither race, rally or off-road car – but it looks and sounds great out there. Jade Lynch and Dean Esterhuizen also attempted lift-off in their Burly Pro GTi Challenge B3 WPMC VW Polo 2.0 but unfortunately their inexperienced navigators all suffered the early penalty result. Hopefully they will not be discouraged and with some guidance they will most certainly strengthen the challenger attack.

Warren Köhler (Heathfield) and Jean-Pierre Jacobs (Strand) lost valuable time on stages with mechanical gremlins but still managed 11th spot amongst the rallyists and 3rd in class S2 with their always improving CrestMax 65 CCMCC S2 Toyota Corolla TRD 1.6 rwd. The final team home going to Julian Calvert (Goodwood) and Marius Rudolph (Bothasig) in their Team Effort 409 CCMCC / WBMK S3 VW Golf MkII GTi 2.0 8v after yet another consistent run. Nineteen teams classified as finishers.

Faizel Davids (Ottery) and Terry Croy (Ottery) suffered an on board electrical fire on SS1 , then they lost the power steering 1km into SS2 and experienced fuel surge before a broken alternator wire forced them to Super Rally SS6 in their 422 CCMCC S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6. Rishay Moodley and Warren Lawrence returned in the B318 CCMCC BMW E30 1.9 but a broken lower control arm saw them retire after SS5. Warren Scholtz (Brackenfell) and Justin Gay (Brackenfell) was giving their rebuilt 444 CPMCC S3 VW Polo 2.0 a shakedown and found a number of issues slowing their progress, eventually retiring the car after SS3. This car was virtually destroyed in a pitlane incident during the 2017 All Tar Rally.

Cedric and Basie Burger had their neat Mike’s Place Clubmans Ital Oven D53 Honda Ballade 1.8 present and they looked good on the opening two stages, but then it vanished off the scoresheets for reasons unknown. Mustapha Mia (Kensington) and Lyle Marais had the flywheel bolts snap on SS1 and then disappeared in a ball of smoke when the gearbox expired on their 456 CCMCC S3 Toyota Conquest 1.6 on SS4. The 413 CCMCC S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6i of Keenan Sassman (Edgemead) and Clint Lingeveldt (Lansdowne) even had an engine change after SS1, only to succumb to suspension failure under Super Rally in SS5. If they did not have bad luck in 2018 they certainly would not have had any luck.

Llewellyn Jones (Somerset West) and Christophé Pichon (Welgemoed) saw their event come to an end with serious loss of power on SS4. The CEJ Plant Hire 434 CPMCC S5 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4x4 started the event as one of the favourites for outright victory but then lost power steering on SS1. Cannot help but wonder whether the power loss was in the engine or the arms of the driver!

Rupert van Zyl (Bellville) and Pieter van Zyl (Tygerdal) looked threatening in their Hollandse Motors 405 WBMK S4 VW Golf MkII GTi 2.0 16v and started SS5 one second ahead of the Team 467 Corolla, only to miss a gear and buzz 20 valves into retirement.

The All Tar certainly proved that it demands 101% from everyone and that included those behind the scenes who worked tirelessly to make the event the success it was. In no particular order Daan Terblanche, Billy Thorpe, Ian Long, Brian Hoskins, Terri Philander, Ernest Leite, Paul Simon, Theo Croy, James Alexander, members of the WPMC Scrutineers and Track Marshals as well as the CRCG and Radio Marshals whose combined efforts even managed to keep the walls around Killarney International Raceway stationary for the entire event.

A word of encouragement to Bill Bright and Craig Gray who are both on the path of recovery.

Encouraging to see the Challenge entries on the rise and they are certainly getting stronger too. For the rallyists all paths now lead to the Swartland for round 6, the CEJ Plant Hire Malmesbury Rally on Saturday 8 September 2018.

Be there!