Rallyists vs Racers - The 2017 Challenge have commenced!

To be or not to be? Will the tarmac racers reign supreme or will the rallyists be able to restore their pride when competitors accept the annual All Tar Rally Challenge on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 July 2017 at the Killarney International Raceway. The 2016 event became rather heated but there is no confirmation that all staff at Killarney will be issued with crash helmets for the duration of the 2017 event.

The action starts at 18h00 of Friday evening with two special stages and then from 09h00 Saturday another seven special stages will be completed, the final two being the popular Super Special where two cars will leave the startline simultaneously. First finishers to reach the Parc Fermé at 16h00. Entry function takes place at CPMCC Rollbar Thursday 20 July 2017 at 21h00 with Documentation and Scrutineering Thursday 27 July 2017 from 19h30 at the new pit complex.

Commentators will provide inside info to the action as it unfolds whilst the kids can enjoy the karts or jumping castle. Gary Naidoo will provide entertainment as comedian whilst there will be enough to eat and drink on sale throughout the two days. This is the perfect opportunity to spectate as a family as the entire event takes place within the Killarney International Raceway.

The Western Province Rally Championship 2017 rates as one of the best in the last decade with excellent entries, both in quality and quantity. The visiting Namibians have certainly raised the bar at the front of the field and with more than ten cars in class S3 the 1600 category have certainly proven that they can indeed provide a spectacle.

John and Weston Peiser will want to repeat their 2016 victory in the Speed Pro Cycling Equipment 425 WPMC S5 Subaru Impreza GT 4x4 2.0 Turbo but they can expect an almighty tussle with Mike Nathan and Clint Lingeveldt in the Mike’s Auto 417 CCMCC S5 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 Turbo 2.0 4x4. And should their 434 CPMCC S5 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4x4 be ready Shaun Jones and Craig Gray will undoubtedly be chasing victory as the defending WP Champions.

Ettiene du Toit and Patrick Vermaak have been the bone at the front of the chasing S3 pack, but the opposition are really close to the Krãnzle Team 467 WBMK S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6 and they will not be able to relax. Keenan Sassman and Kesevan Naidoo have the pace and will be working on their consistency in the Howard Centre Motors 413 CCMCC S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6. Ismaeel Davids and Yusuf Ganief have stepped up two gears in their Extreme Contractors 431 CCMCC S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6 and then there is the incredibly quick Jenspeed 414 CCMCC S3 VW Polo 1.6 of André Cleenwerck and Carl Peskin and the 444 CPMCC S3 VW Polo 2.0 of Warren Scholtz and Justin Gay to take into serious consideration.

Andy Haigh-Smith and Tania Vermaak another team who has been improving with every event and hopefully the normally very reliable AHS Racing 432 CPMCC S3 Mitsubishi Lancer GT1600 will live up to it’s legendary reputation. Rupert van Zyl and Marius Rudolph have the ability to fly at Killarney in their 405 WBMK S4 Hollandse Motor Spesialiste VW Golf MkII GTi 2.0 and nobody will ever underestimate the giant killing capabilities of Tiaan Rabe in the Gulf coloured 404 WBMK S2 VW Golf MkI 1.6. The return of Ian “tarmac terrorist” Long and Brian Hoskins will also be of interest as they rolled the 436 WPMC S2 VW Golf MkI 1.6 rather unceremoniously in Riebeek Kasteel. Nobody else could feel more at home at Killarney than these two! John and Derick Clift be back in their ACW Engineering 418 WBMK S4 Toyota Hilux.

Dirk Kruger and Dirk Kruger Jnr are two names that have become synonymous with the All Tar Challenge and that little Midas Clubmans Toyota Corolla 1.8 have proven to be a serious thorn for the rally teams. This father and son combination really enjoys this event and have the ability to take the fight to anyone. Gavin Cerff owes himself a good result on the All Tar in his very quick Spur VW Golf whilst Danie van Niekerk have also become a consistent threat in any of his many Wingfield Motors BMW 328i entries. Then there is that crazy black and pink Access Auto Fine Cars Opel Kadett GTE 1.8 of Steve Bekker and Lochner Eksteen that actually scare the retaining walls.

Update to follow after the All Tar Numbers function!