Adrenaline-packed action expected at Walvis Bay Rally

Spectators urged to take caution

13 March 2020 | Sports

Geraldine Naude; WBMC; “…spectators can witness the thrills of high-speed racing and still be safe.”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

The 2020 edition of the Shell V-Power Rally takes place in Walvis Bay on Saturday.

Wilro Dippenaar and his navigator Riaan van der Westhuizen, won last year’s rally in a time of 59:55.

This year Dippenaar who is out to defend his title, will take part in the S4 class with his new navigator, Carolyn Swan, in a Toyota Auris.

Last year, Jaco Redelinghuys and his navigator Dries Booysen finished second in 1:01:35, while Hanre Myburgh and his navigator Tara Myburgh finished third in 1:10:30.

The rally, which is being organized in conjunction with the Walvis Bay Motor Club (WBMC), includes five different classes, namely S1, S2, S3, S4 and off-roads.

Coastal driver and local favourite Allan Martin along with his navigator Maretha Olivier, will want to redeem themselves this year. The pair did not finish the race last year in Martin’s brand new Skoda, which experienced mechanical problems that caused them to pull out in stage three.

WBMC’s secretary Geraldine Naude said spectators should come prepared for some adrenaline-packed action.

“Part of the thrill and appeal of rally racing is the access that fans have to the rally course. This proximity presents huge risks, but with our desert been almost flat, spectators can witness the thrills of high-speed racing and still be safe.”

However, she warned spectators to remain alert and be extra cautious when watching the action happening during the different stages.

“The public must keep in mind that motorsport is dangerous. When officials or marshals request spectators to move, they are doing so because they are concerned for the safety of both the spectators and the drivers,” she said.

At the close of entry at 21:00 on Wednesday, 16 cars had entered for the competition. All pre-race activities, which will include the scrutinising of the rally cars, will take at the Walvis Bay Express service station.

The action will commence with the first car leaving at 10:00 en route to the Rooibank reverse stage, which is the first of the 9-stage event.

Most of the stages (eight) will be located on the outskirts of the harbour town.

The first car is expected at the Walvis Bay civic centre at 16:15 for the final stage of the rally. This stage is a popular spectator stage, with hair-pin turns and screeching tyres.

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