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28 November 2021 | Sports

Allan Martin; Winner and organiser; “…if you don’t drive on the edge, you are not racing…

Swakopmund • [email protected]

Allan Martin and his navigator Maretha Olivier in their Skoda, were crowned the overall winners in the third leg of the Shell V-Power Swakopmund Rally.

A total of 21 participants competed in the rally, which was stretched over two days. Nine cars managed to complete the race with 11 participants not finishing. One racer was disqualified shortly after the first stage for receiving outside assistance.

The overall winners for the S class were Martin and Olivier who managed to complete the entire nine stage rally in a time of 56:20, followed by Jannie Coetzee and George Coetzee (1:05:55) and Steven Marnewick and Jodine van Zyl (01:27:12) in the third position.

Jandre Dippenaar and his navigator Guilliaume Visser clinched the overall top spot in the CR class in 01:02:29. They were followed by Dirk Redman and Flippie Liebenberg (01:10:24) and in third position were Michel Rust and Chantell Taljard (01:16:58).

The rally started on Friday evening, with the initial plan to complete three stages, and the remaining stages on Saturday. However, stage three had to be cancelled due to spectators not adhering to the markings of the race area. Martin, also wearing the hat of organiser, explained: “We try to bring the sport as close as possible to the people by driving on public roads. It’s a give and take situation – we ask for permission, and people are supposed to help with the safety aspect, keeping to the barriers. But the situation got so bad, with people and cars in the racing area and it was decided to cancel stage 3 of the race. It was for the safety of our spectators. This decision was made before any injuries or accident could take place.”

In terms of the race, Martin stated the race was tough for all. “It was a tough rally. It started off bad for me and Maretha. We experienced oil problems and my crank seal packed up. Fortunately, I came home with no damage to my engine, and I managed to get a part. I had enough time to repair the car and we were back in the race. I made a few mistakes during the race, but if you don’t drive on the edge, you are not racing.”

The weather was against the drivers on Saturday. “We started off a bit later since there were not a lot of stages to complete. The wind was blowing and it was hot. We lost cars due to the heat, the sand, and the roads. It was tough and you needed to pace yourself.”

Martin stated that he had to cut down on his racing activates due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its accompanying challenges. “I will definitely participate and concentrate on rally and circuit racing for next year. Anything else is going to be spur of the moment. For the rally, which is over two years, I have to keep up the winning streak to get to the Namibian championships and if I don’t do that, I am wasting my time. The plan is also to participate in a national rally in Cape Town, South Africa as well next year. There are a few Namibian drivers that want to go and support as well and we want to see if we can get some new blood to support us in the Tara Rally.”

Leg four of the two-year championships will take place in Gobabis next year.

The complete results are as follow:

CR 2 class:
Jandre Dippenaar and Giilliaume Visser (01:02:29)
Dirk Redman and Flippie Liebenberg (01:10:24)

CR1 class:
Michel Rust and Chantell Taljard (01:16:58)
Morne Oosthuizen and Jacques Kruger (01:17:41)
Marius van Zyl and Wayne Rust (01:20:21)
Willie Schoeman and SJ Schoeman (01:21:13)

DNF for CR1 class: Werner Bartsch and Roche Louw as well as Ewald Bischoff and Hein Bischoff.
DNF for CR2 class: Wildo Bartsch and Cecil Koorts as well as Rolf Pretorius and Katja Pretorius.
DQ for CR1 class: Dennis de Wet and Wynand Theron.

S4 class:
Allan Martin and Maretha Olivier (56:20)

S2 class:
Jannie Coetzee and George Coetzee (01:05:55)

S1 class:
Steven Marnewick and Jodine van Zyl (01:27:12)

DNF S3: De Wet du Plessis and Willem Hugo
DNF S4: Wilro Dippenaar and Carolyn Swan
DNF S2: Jan Everson and Fanie Botes as well as Gert Coetzee and Dalton Bezuidenhout
DNF S1: Pieter Greef and JP Robinson, Paul Oosthuizen and Johan du Plessis as well as Gino Meyer and Riaan Hennop.

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