Llewellyn Jones from Somerset West and Christophé Pichon again proved to be the class of rallying in Western Province when they succeeded in winning seven of the eight testing special stages on the Freightmore Express Riebeek Valley Rally in their 434 CPMCC S5 CEJ Plant Hire Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2.0 Turbo 4x4 this past Saturday (2 October).
Owen Jones followed 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.
Not having rallied since 2007 did not seem to have any effect 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 third place.
Incredibly, only nine teams were classified as finishers from the initial 25-strong entry pool. The day started with light rain, which seemed to compact the gravel surface and turning the many contours into rather harsh “yumps” and dips.
Etienne Malherbe and Strand local Patrick Vermaak went out on the very first right-hand bend, when the left rear wheel parted company with the 54 ARC/CPMCC S3 Datsun 160U SSS. 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 6 km into the stage.
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 and Nuweplaas Restaurant, as well as all the individual officials, marshals and controls who ensured that events such as the Freightmore Express Riebeek Valley Rally runs safely and smoothly.
The next rally event will be the CPMCC Darling Rally, the opening round of next year’s Western Province Rally Championship, on Saturday 27 February 2022.
V The rest of the finishers of the Riebeek Valley Rally (from fourth to ninth place) were Francois Vermaak and Paul Ludeke; Junayed and Reyanah Edas; Erin Joshua and Ibraheem Amlay; Ismail Amlay and Faizal Davids; Herman Bernhardt and JP Smit; and Gareth Vernon and Marius Rudolph.