Polokwane rally his favourite
The 18-year old Henk Lategan of Hartebeespoort is looking forward to competing on the Polokwane Rally on 6/7 October. The event is the penultimate Rally of the 2012 season and it will also be his last event of the year.
Speaking from Hartebeespoort, the young Lategan said that the thought of competing on the Polokwane rally is very exciting. “I did very well on that rally last year and I would like to do just as well again this year and end my first full year in top class rally on a high note”, he said.
The matric learner from Pecanwood College will not be able to compete on the last event of the year, the Garden Route Rally, as it will fall in the middle of his final examinations.
“Last year I did very well on the rally in the S1400 VW Polo Vivo. We not only won the S1400 class, but also the 2WD class when we beat the S1600 cars”, he said. It was not his first class win on a national rally as he also won the S1400 class on the challenging Sasol Rally that was also run as an African Rally Championship event.
He said that he liked the stages on the Polokwane rally. “They are nice and tight with a lot of corners. I prefer tight stages to the longer ones”, he added.
He said that he and his co-driver, Barry White, will spend a lot of time studying the route notes to make sure that they know what is waiting for them.
Lategan, the youngest Class S2000 competitor in the national rally championship, competes in the Q8Oils S2000 Challenge cup in a Volkswagen Polo. The car used to be driven by Jannie Habig when he was a works driver for Volkswagen.
Lategan said that the car is in a good condition. “There were a few small problems that we had to sort out after the last rally, but it performs well. I would just like to get to know the car better as I am not able to spend so much time in the car as I would like to”, he said.
He would like to get to know more about what to expect from the car. “The other competitors have had their cars longer than me and know them better and know exactly how the car will react under certain conditions”, he concluded.
Lategan is the son of seasoned motorsport competitor Hein Lategan, who will also be competing on the event in his Q8Oils Peugeot 207. Lategan snr sat out the previous event due to business commitments.
Compiled for: Henk Lategan
By: Andries van der Walt