Toyota Motor Sport Elvene Coetzee
Elvéne Coetzee has rallying in her genes. The Coetzee name is engrained in South African rally history with Elvéne’s father a driver of note in the 70s and 80s. Elvéne in fact lists her most memorable rally as the 2008 Belfast Rally as navigator for her father.
She began her rally career in regional championship events in 2006 as navigator to Johann van der Merwe in a Toyota Tazz. In just her fifth rally Elvéne navigated Johann to a win in the PMC Regional Rally.
While still competing in regional events she moved up to the national championship in 2007 with Tjaart Conradie competing in a Toyota Tazz in Class A5. The pair came second in the Class Championship that year.
The following year Elvéne teamed up with Etienne Lourens in Class N3. Their best result was an 11th place and first two wheel drive car home in the Osram Rally.
For 2009 Elvéne joined Evan Hutchinson in the Class A7 Toyota RunX. The pair had a very successful year and won the Class A7 Championship. For 2010 she graduated to the S2000 Class with Hutchinson. As well as the national championship, the pair contested selected regional events as well ending the year on a high with a win in the All-Tar Rally.
In 2011 she joined the Castrol Toyota team as co-driver to Leeroy Poulter in an S2000 Toyota Auris. They won two events and were in contention in each of the other rounds.
They remain together for 2012 and are strong contenders for the championship.
Elvéne has a wide ranging interest in motor sport and started circuit racing in 2009 in Class C of the Goldwagen Challenge. She also competes in the SuperHatch Series and on occasion is entrusted with historic racers from Peter du Toit’s stable at Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria, where she is the events co-ordinator.
Aside from motor sport Elvéne enjoys horse riding and has an interest in motorcycles.