The Volkswagen Rally takes place on Friday and Saturday, 11 and 12 July. The event, the mid-point of the 2014 season has a new final stage and finish – at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The start point is the traditional ceremonial start at AutoPavilion in Uitenhage on Friday. There is a new Super Special stage next to Port Elizabeth Oval Track Raceway (PEOTR) and the scene has been set for another exciting pair of evening stages in Jeffrey’s Bay.
“We’ve put a lot of effort into making this a spectator spectacular,” says Joe Fourie, route director of the Volkswagen Rally. “The stages are accessible, there are plenty of spectating opportunities and we also have two Super Special stages to maximise the action.”
While most of the focus for this event is on the competition in the national South African Rally Championship and the fight for the overall victory, motorsport fans can also look forward to fierce competition amongst the local Algoa Rally Club members.
The Algoa Rally Club organises and runs the Volkswagen Rally every year, with a long-standing sponsorship from Volkswagen South Africa. The regional entries that compete are in addition to the national field of rally entries that contest the eight-round national championship.
“We’re expecting a field of approximately 25 Algoa Rally Club entries,” says Neville Bartle, chairman of the Algoa Rally Club (ARC). “It looks like this will be one of our biggest rally fields this year and we are aiming to put on a good show for the fans.”
The Volkswagen Rally will form part of the ARC 50k Challenge which sees the most successful rally team of the year winning a regional championship prize to the total value of R50 000.
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