Rally Time in Riebeek!

Hyundai Malmesbury will host the start of the Cape Car and Motorcycle Club Riebeek Kasteel Rally on Saturday 2 October 2021. With no Western Province Rally Championship at stake the event will be considered a shakedown for what promises to be a real humdinger season in 2022.

2019 Western Province champions, Llewellyn Jones and Christophé Pichon, will lead the 25+ strong entry away in their immaculately prepared 434 S5 CPMCC CEJ Plant Hire Subaru Impreza N12 WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4x4.

Favourites they might be, but, keeping up with the Jones’s have stepped up the odds as their greatest threat may well be coming from young Owen Jones. Now, without wanting to make this sound difficult Lewellyn Jones is the cousin of Shaun Jones and Owen Jones, the son of Shaun, really wants to kick his uncle’s butt! Shaun, so cautious of Owen’s pace, he did not even enter this event.

On debut in Porterville both Llewellyn and John Peiser found the pace of this youngster so impressive they withdrew from the event with mechanical maladies. Quadruple WP champion, John Peiser, now doing his PPL in an effort to drive (or is it fly) faster than Owen and Aden Bredekamp as they managed to win overall in their 454 S5 CPMCC Subaru Impreza N10 WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4x4. The youngest ever combination to win a rally overall in the Western Cape! Unfortunately Aden will be missing the Riebeek event and Eastern Cape based Ingrid Jeacocks will be substituting as navigator.

On paper the Damseaux Motorsport prepared 431 CCMCC S5 Toyota Run X 4x4 S2000 of Ismaeel Davids and Yusuf Ganief should be untouchable. Warren Scholtz and Justin Gay the dark horse entry in their 444 S5 CPMCC N10 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4x4 on debut.

But, this is rallying, and even a 1000cc three cylinder turbocharged 125 S5 CPMCC VW Polo GT have the potential to lead everyone home. Paul-Hendrik Franken and Lloyd Brady will be back in the rather unique Franken Motorsport car that is still giving authorities headaches as to how it should be classified in local motorsport. Sounding much like the legendary DKW the car has proven deceptively quick in almost every terrain.

With the dreaded pandemic disrupting everyone and everything there is no championship to be won in 2021 and as such many teams have opted to use the balance of the year preparing for a proper return in 2022. Quadruple WP drivers champion, John Peiser, and his double WP navigators champion son, Weston Peiser, will not be present in Riebeek as John has to focus on completing his PPL. Apparently studying is more challenging than driving!

Paul van Wyk is building a “new” N14 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4x4 for double WP rally drivers champion, Lourens van Rensburg, whilst also developing his own acciDent Guru 469 S5 CPMCC Audi S3 Turbo 4x4 for the new season. Werner “The Mayor of Mykonos” Koekemoer is also on the comeback trial and is scheduled to debut a BMW E36 328i in 2028 with one of the twins as navigator! And that is a concrete rumour!

The good news is that some are also treating Riebeek as shakedown for 2022 and we will have three visiting teams from the Eastern Cape present. The Swartland based Du Plessis brothers, Inus and Jean, were pretty well known for their antics in various rear wheel driven BMW rally cars and Inus du Plessis is set to return with Piet Carinus navigating in the 461 S4 Coastal Hire BMW E36 328i originally intended for the E36 Cup series at the Killarney International Raceway Rally X circuit.

Jean du Plessis recently sold his similar BMW E36 328i to fellow Swartlander, Carel Viljoen, and he was to have made his rallying debut with Ike Viljoen as navigator. They have opted to rather delay their debut to 2022.

Warren Köhler and Matthew Köhler also felt the need to step up a gear in rear wheel drive, acquiring the impressive 465 S4 CCMCC Köhler Pac E36 BMW 328i formerly campaigned by Danie van Niekerk at Killarney International Raceway.

We have grown almost accustomed to the Namibian teams joining in on the Western Cape events and on the odd occasion somebody from the Eastern Cape makes the trip. Well, this time, there will be three Eastern Cape based teams making the trip to Riebeek Kasteel.

Etienne MALherbe needs no introduction as he could be considered a local competitor now based in George on the beautiful Garden Route and his classic Silverton Radiators George Datsun 160U SS is something of an institution anywhere in South Africa. In 1983 he and Eric Storbeck made their rallying debut as young SAAF apprentices, driving a Mazda RX2 Rotary that Etienne bought for R380 off a pavement in Sunnyside, Pretoria. They were much faster than the older Mazda and rolled it into a million pieces at AFB Pienaarsrivier near  Hammanskraal (Ditholo) during the 1984 Martin Jonker Rally.

At the time Johan de Jager and (SAAF) Patrick Vermaak also did the 1984 Lowveld 500 Rally in an Alfa Romeo Guilia 2.0 whilst Etienne and Erick upgraded to a second Mazda RX2 Rotary.

Though their friendship grew over the past 37 years, Etienne MALherbe and Patrick VerMAAK will be competing as a team for the first time in the Team Malmaak, or should that be VêrMal, 54 ARC / CPMCC S3 Datsun 160U SSS. Why? Simply because they feel the need to do so!

H.T.S. Daniël Pienaar, the oldest technical school in Southern Africa and only school that offers motorsport as an outdoors activity to their students actually have two Eastern Cape rally cars contesting under the banner of the Algoa Rally Club. Mr M.Kleingeld heads the motorsport section with two teachers driving and students as navigators and service crew.

Francois Vermaak and Paul Ludeke both completed their schooling at H.T.S. Daniël Pienaar and both furthered their studies through VWSA in Uitenhage. Francois involved in the development of the very rapid Chev Can Am of Rudolph de Vos whilst Paul considers being Pit Crew for South Racing during the 2021 Dakar the highlight of his career in motorsport. Both Francois Vermaak and Paul Ludeke currently teachers at H.T.S.Daniël Pienaar. They prepare and compete in their own class 584 S1 ARC H.T.S. Daniël Pienaar Volkswagen Golf MkI 1.4i, proudly representing the school since the beginning of 2021. For obvious reasons they are now known as the “Tigers” or “The Daniël Pienaar Teacher Team”.

Herman Bernhardt and J.C. Smit were still battling with their 560 S3 ARC Potenza Oils Ford Escort MkII 2.0 at the time or writing but were hopeful that they would indeed get their steed ready for Riebeek. Always great to welcome these visitors to the local rally scene and they will hopefully become regulars in the region.

Winston Neethling and Randall Marais returns in the sweet sounding ex-Hannes Grobler 428 S5 CCMCC Howard Centre Motors Nissan Sentra STi 2.0 4x4 whilst Shaheen Amlay and Yusuf Amlay should also prove to be impressive in the Amlay Motorsport 402 S4 Toyota Conquest RSi 1.8.

Great to see Tariq Khatieb and Dylan Timmes back in their 412 S1 CCMCC Volkswagen Golf MkI 1.6 and a surprise entry from Andre George and Robin Benjamin in a 401 S4 CCMCC VW Golf 1.8 adds further interest to the entry list. Erin Joshua and Ibrahem Amlay will try not to shake all the nuts off their 462 S3 CCMCC Toyota Conquest RSi 1.6 whilst brother and sister, Junaid and Reyhana Edas, may well prove a surprise on the event in their 466 S3 CCMCC Toyota Conquest RSi 1.6. Cobus Edas (Dad) hoping to keep up in his 464 S3 CCMCC Hyundai Malmesbury Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6.

Seraaj and Ziyaad Amlay have taken to rallying and their 457 S3 CCMCC Ramlay Builders Volkswagen Golf MkIII GTi 2.0 have certainly proven both quick and reliable in recent events. Julian Calvert and Nicholas Knight bound to bring Liewe Lulu 409 S3 CPMCC Volkwagen Golf MkIII GTi 2.0 home whilst the powerlines hide away in anticipation of brothers, Rupert and Pieter van Zyl, arriving in the ex-Warren Scholtz 405 S4 Die Hollandse Motor Spesialis VW Polo 2.0.

Mustapha Mia and Ameen Snell had a brilliant outing in Klipdale earlier this year and the 456 S3 CCMCC Toyota Conquest RSi 1.6 must be crying Mia Mama – not again! Ebrahim Mia and Faizel Davids another interesting combination in the 420 S4 CCMCC Toyota Conquest RSi 1.8 and they will also not be holding back the horses. Riyaan and Yaseen Amlay simply do not know how to go any other way than flatout and the 433 S3 CCMCC Ramlay Builders Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6 somehow survives the ordeal. The four cousin challenge have now stepped up a gear to six!

Gareth Vernon and Marius Rudolph rolled on debut in Klipdale but thanks to acciDent Guru the 459 S1 CPMCC Volkswagen Citi Golf 1.4i will be returning better than ever before. Kevin Calvert and Brian Hoskins will be hoping for better luck in their neat 436 S3 WPMC KC Transport Volkswagen Golf MkI 2.0 after mechanical maladies saw them retire in Porterville.

Kesevan and Mikyle Naidoo another father and son combination that will be testing family relations to the limit in their Freightmore Express 410 S3 CCMCC Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6i.

Riebeek Kasteel district have proven to be a very popular venue for rallying over many years. Returning with the valued support of Freightmore Express, Kohler Pac, R Waan Media, Ramlay Builders, Hyundai Malmesbury, Marshall’s Delicious Minerals, CTG Auto and Dynamic Plant Solutions the eight special stages over some 95km will put the teams to the test and with a total distance of 242km the event retains it’s compact format.

The first car scheduled to leave the Hyundai Malmesbury start venue at 09h00 on Saturday 2 October 2021 and the first team is expected to finish the event at Nuweplaas, corner of R46 and Riebeekrivier Road, at 16h00.

Unfortunately Covid-19 Level 2 restrictions still apply and as such spectators will not be permitted.