THERE’s no stopping young rally driver Henk Lategan and his navigator, Barry White. Lategan tackles the Veszprem Rally in Hungary tomorrow and on Sunday, just a week before their appearance at the Volkswagen Rally in the Eastern Cape.
The pair made waves with their first international outing, in Italy, when they proved just as fast as their seasoned opposition – on roads they had never contested before.
Lategan and White will contest the Veszprem event in a Skoda Fabia S2000, run by Austrian team Baumschlager Rallye & Racing (BRR).
This is similar to the Volkswagen Sasolracing Polo S2000 they use in the South African Rally Championship.
The 2013 Veszprem Rally, the 20th running of this event, takes place 130km southwest of Budapest, on the outskirts of the city of Veszprem.
Over the two days, competitors cover 10 gravel stages totaling 145km, with a three-pass recce allowed today.
For 19-year-old Lategan the international exposure to rallying is an opportunity to accelerate his development as a rally driver.
It also allows the team the work on creating their own pace notes while exposing them to a wide range of competitive environments.
The Veszprem Rally has attracted 48 national and 20 regional entries, with more expected before the cut-off date.
The rally starts tomorrow, with two stages held over a 37km distance, ending at 7pm.
Day two starts at 7am, with 108km and eight stages to be completed by 6.15pm.
Follow the Veszprem Rally atwww.veszpremrallye.net