Back to Business in 2012 South Africa Rally Championship


It’s back to business for Jan Habig and navigator, Robert Paisley as they head to Polokwane for the pen-ultimate round of the 2012 SA Rally Championship.   Habig did not compete in the Toyota Cape Dealer Rally as the date clashed with the WRC Wales Rally of Great Britain where Habig was a member of the Ford M-Sport team.

Rally Championship

Habig currently finds himself in 4th position on the  SA championship log, but with only seven of the eight events counting towards the championship, there could still be a shift in the points position.  “Once crews have dropped their worst result, I believe there could still be a good opportunity of finishing higher up on the 2012 championship,” Habig said.

Speaking from his workshop on the Natal North Coast where the Basil Read Ford Fiesta is prepared,  Jan said that their aim would be to score maximum points.  “My approach to this event will only be different in the way Robert and I apply the notes.  I realized in the WRC Wales Rally that it is critical to have good notes, because as soon as you hesitate, you lose the rhythm and time,” he added.

“During the WRC event, it was very clear that your notes have to be 100% accurate, and there is no room for hesitation – if you hesitate, brake too early or get a corner wrong, you lose valuable time.  Your notes are directly linked to your overall performance.”

South-Africa Rally Championship

 “Even though the WRC spec Fiesta is very different from the S2000 I rally in the South African Championship, preparation is the key to success.  The level of professionalism of the M-Sport Team made an enormous impression on me, and the  knowledge I gained with regards to set-up and fine-tuning,  will most definitely be  applied.”

“Competing in the WRC event was a huge learning curve.  Rallying is a career for the top drivers, and they virtually spend all their time, either competing or testing.  Before the event they make pace notes, and immediately after the event, they do ‘post-mortem’ notes, refining their notes for the following year.  It was a tremendous experience to see drivers like Latvala and Solberg at work,” Habig said.

The Polokwane Rally will be contested on Saturday 6, and Sunday 7 October.

Compiled for: Jannie Habig Rally

By:  Andries van der Walt:  The Creative Word Communication Consultancy