If you haven’t been following the 2015 South African National Rally Championship like we have at Fury Ford Sandton, here’s an update for you!
The Ford Performance rally team of Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton have enjoyed perfect outings in the first two rounds of the Rally Championship, and have the potential to make it a hat-trick of wins at the upcoming Secunda Motor Rally on 15 and 16 May. The Ford Performance pair is the clear favourite for the 2015 season after totally dominating the championship so far.
As a new addition to the national rally calendar, the Secunda Motor Rally, which takes place in the Mpumalanga town of Secunda, presents an all-new challenge for the national rally teams, having served as a regional rally last year.
It's an extremely compact event, with a total distance of 316 km, including 12 special stages that cover a competitive distance of around 185 km. According to the organisers, the rally presents an 'interesting mix' of stages, with some featuring fast-flowing roads through mealie fields, and others navigating through quarries and surrounding mining and industrial areas with varying road surfaces.
"It's really going to be a mixed bag of stages without the technical forest-type sections that we really enjoy," says Mark Cronje. "The route changes a lot during this kind of rally, and the drivers cut the corners through the farmlands with less risk of damaging the vehicle. So the pace is going to be very fast and extremely tight at the top. Our aim will be to maintain a steady pace, continue our current form and hopefully score a hat-trick of wins."
The rally officially starts from the Graceland Casino at 13:00 on Friday 15 May, followed by the opening gravel stage directly opposite the casino. The competitors then tackle another five stages before heading to the spectator-friendly 3.7km special stage next to the Umuzi Lake complex before the overnight stop. On Saturday the teams face another five stages and a repeat of the short 3.7km special to wrap up the action.