“This year’s VW Rally is going to be more challenging and also much more spectator friendly,” says an upbeat Joe Fourie, route organiser of the event.
“There is less driving around for the rally fans and there is also spectating on every single stage of the event. A great deal of work has gone into making this rally the most accessible event yet.”
The rally starts next Friday and Saturday in Port Elizabeth and surrounds.
The event features 12 stages of competition, with the layout designed to keep the action as close to the fans as possible.
The rally starts at the Auto Pavilion at Volkswagen, Uitenhage, at midday as usual – with free entry for rally fans who can spend time exploring the interactive layout and also getting to know the teams.
The action then moves to stage one – the Motherwell stage at 12.24pm with stage two at Jachtvlakte starting at 1.15pm.
Stage three sees the teams head to Mission Road at 2.03pm and rally fans can spectate this stage at Port Elizabeth Oval Track Raceway (PEOTR).
Stage four sees a return to Jachtvlakte starting at 3.34pm.
Stage five is another repeat, this time the Motherwell stage, which starts at 4.30pm.
The final stage for Friday is at Aldo Scribante Raceway where Volkswagen Rally competitors will face a challenging tar and gravel stage starting around sunset (5.30pm). The rest of the stages will take place on Saturday starting from Buffelshoek farm from as early as 7.44am.
“As sponsors we have worked closely with the Volkswagen Rally organisers to ensure this event is easily accessible to the general public – not just hardcore fans, but for anyone who enjoys action and cars,” Volkswagen’s Motorsport manager Mike Rowe said.
And to make the rally a lot easier to follow The Herald will be publishing a special supplement packed with all the details and programme for the two-day event on the Thursday before the start of the rally on Friday.
Also on Thursday, a wheel-changing competition is being organised for rally fans attending the scrutineering event at Tavcor Volkswagen on the William Moffett Expressway – the winners of which will be treated to a VIP VW Rally.