Scoobie Doo - Jones Too

Llewellyn Jones and Christophé Pichon again proved to be the class of the Western Province Rally when they succeeded in winning seven of the eight testing special stages on the Freightmore Express Riebeek Valley Rally with their 434 CPMCC S5 CEJ Plant Hire Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4x4.  

Owen Jones following his uncle home in second spot with stand-in Eastern Cape navigator, Ingrid Jeacocks, in their 454 CPMCC / ARC S5 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4x4.

Having not rallied since 2007 did not seem to have any affect on returning Swartland combination Inus du Plessis and Piet Carinus in their neatly turned-out E36 461 Coastal Tool Hire S4 BMW 328i. Driving with great constraint the Beemer was treated kindly over the many yumps and bumps to achieve the result of the day in third place.

Also knocking on the door as performance of the day was visiting Eastern Cape combination Francois Vermaak and Paul Ludeke in their S1 specification 584 ARC S2 Hoër Tegniese Skool Daniël Pienaar Volksagen Citi Golf MkI 1.4i. They reached the final Parc Fermé with navigator sitting in the back after they broke a front shockabsorber on the final stage but still have to be complimented on a great effort.

Brother and sister, Junayed and Reyanah Edas, also putting their local knowledge to good use to finish fifth overall on their home event with their 466 CCMCC S3 Hyundai Malmesbury Toyota Conquest RSi 1600, and the first CCMCC team home.

Erin Joshua and Ibraheem Amlay brought their 462 CCMCC S3 Toyota Conquet RSi 1600 home sixth after a confidence building run with Ismail Amlay and Faizal Davids seventh in their 458 CCMCC S3 Toyota Conquest RSi 1600.

Eighth overall going to another Eastern Cape team in Herman Bernhardt and JP Smit with their 560 ARC Potenza Oil Ford Escort MkII Pinto 2.0. Final crew home the S1 specification acciDent Guru 459 CPMCC Volkswagen Citi Golf MkI 1.4i of Gareth Vernon and Marius Rudolph.

Incredibly only nine teams were classified as finishers, from the initial 25 strong entry! The day started with light rain which seems to have compacted the gravel surface turning the many contours into rather harsh yumps and dips.

Sakkie van Zyl and Paul van Wyk were really looking good after special stage one but the series of yumps and bumps at the end of the 12.11km stage proved too much for the fuel pump second time around. They did however continue from special stage four under Super Rally rules, surviving a high speed off at the end of SS7 and posting the third fastest time on SS8 in their 477 WPMC S2 Shatterfix / acciDent Guru Volkswagen Citi Golf MkI 1600.

Mustapha Mia and Ameen Snell broke a sideshaft inside the gearbox over the same sequence of yumps on SS1, rejoining from SS5 in their 456 CCMCC S3 Toyota Conquest RSi 1600.

André George and Robin Benjamin enjoyed an outing in the Paul Benjamin 401 CCMCC S4 VW Polo 2.0 but they were stuck without the left front wheel on SS1 – you guessed it – the same sequence of yumps and bumps! They too would return on SS5 for three stages of rallying fun.

Tariq Khatib and Dylan Timmes retired their 412 CCMCC S2 Volkswagen Citi Golf MkI 1600 with electrical issues after SS3 whilst Seraaj Amlay and Ziyaad Amlay looked very quick until the right rear wheel on their 457 CCMCC S3 Volkswagen Golf MkIII GTi 2.0 parted company on SS4.

Shaheen Amlay and Yusuf Amlay almost won the title for the shortest event of the day when they dropped a valve on their rapid 402 CCMCC S3 Toyota Conquest RSi 1600 with Winston Neethling and Randall Marais doing slightly better by retiring their 428 CCMCC S5 Howard Centre Motors Nissan Sentra 2.0 4x4 with a broken rear differential midway through SS2.

Brothers, Rupert and Pieter van Zyl, found their event halted early into SS1 with their 405 CPMCC S3 Volkswagen Polo 2.0 minus the left rear wheel. Kevin Calvert and Brian Hoskins decided to join the farmers for a braai midway through SS1 when their 436 WPMC S3 Volkswagen Citi Golf MkI 2.0 8v cried enough. Father and son, Warren and Matthew Köhler, did not have a happy debut in their ex-Danie van Niekerk 465 CCMCC S4 Köhler Pac E36 BMW 328i when the engine cried enough after just one SS.

Father and son, Kesevan and Mikyle Naidoo, reached the start of SS4 only to discover a box full of neutrals and a similar fate forced the 409 CPMCC S3 Volkswagen Golf MkIII GTi 2.0 of Julian Calvert and Nicholas Knights to retire on the open section after SS6.

Riyaan Amlay and Yaseen Amlay wrapped the right front rim around the brakes of the 433 CCMCC S3 Ramlay Builders Toyota Corolla RXi 1600 on SS5. Setting third fastest time on SS4 possibly just asking too much from the Corolla over the rather demanding contours of the Swartland district.

Ismaeel Davids and Yusuf Ganief retired their 431 CCMCC S5 ID Paving Toyota Run X 2.0 4x4 after SS2 with a broken hub.

Paul-Hendrik Franken and Lloyd Brady as always took the fight to the much bigger capacity machines in their 125 WPMC / ARC S5 Volkswagen Polo GT 1.0 Turbo and enjoyed a rally long tussle with the BMW of Inus du Plessis and Piet Carinus before coming to a halt with no drive on SS7.

Etienne Malherbe and Patrick Vermaak going out on the very first righthand bend when the left rear wheel parted company with the 54 ARC / CPMCC S3 Datsun 160U SSS. Ruan van der Zandt fortunately present with his video camera to record the incident. Recovering the wheel and two of the lost nuts the Datsun was soon on it’s way again without a left rear brake disc, but then shed the same wheel 6km into the stage.

Watching Major Angus Maleka perform an impressive sequence of aerobatic manoeuvres in his SAAF Pilatus PC7 MkII at the Nuweplaas Parc Fermé certainly added to atmosphere of this event and though there was no official prizegiving the individual teams that finished certainly deserved the applause of the appreciative supporters in attendance.

Thank you to Freightmore Express and supporting sponsors Hyundai Malmesbury, Köhler Pac, R Waan Media, Ramlay Builders, Marshalls Delicious Minerals, Dynamic Plant Hire, CTG Auto, Nuweplaas Restaurant.

And all the individual officials, marshals and controls who ensures that events such as the Freightmore Express Riebeek Valley Rally runs safely and smoothly!

Roll on 27 February 2022 for the CPMCC Darling Rally, opening round of the 2022 Western Province Rally Championship!