Volkswagen Rally brings international flavour and local legends


he Volkswagen Rally, which starts at AutoPavilion on Friday and finishes at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, 11 and 12 July, will see amongst the national and local entries two international entries from the Volkswagen Sasolracing team. Regular national rally competitors Hans Weijs Jnr and Björn Degandt from Holland and Belgium will be joined by Raimund Baumschlager and his navigator, Klaus Wicha, from Austria and Germany.


Weijs and Degandt currently lie fourth in the national standings with Weijs particularly keen to experience the challenging stages of the Longmore Forest.


To keep the rally fans entertained and informed, two South African automotive legends will join forces. Regarded by many as the voice of South African motoring, Roger McCleery will commentate on the action of the Volkswagen Rally with none other than motorsport legend Sarel van der Merwe on hand to provide both a first-hand perspective and some anecdotes from his own time behind the wheel.


McCleery’s voice is instantly recognisable from his long tenure on South African radio, covering the motoring industry and motorsport fans have long held Van der Merwe to be one of the best motorsport talents this country has ever seen – whether in the dirt or on the track.


The pair will be commentating on the Volkswagen Rally from a variety of spectator points during the event and their mix of automotive knowledge and history should provide a highly entertaining addition to the event this year.


With the rally starting at AutoPavilion, stages taking place in Port Elizabeth and Jeffrey’s Bay and finishing at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, the combination of local rally competitors from the Algoa Rally Club (the organising club), the field of national rally competitors, the two international teams competing here and two SA automotive personalities, there is much for motorsport fans to look forward to, with something to keep everyone entertained.


The Volkswagen Rally spectator guide will be available in two daily newspapers on Thursday, 10 July, in the Eastern Cape and will also be made available online. Visit the Volkswagen Motorsport (Volkswagen Motorsport_za) Facebook page, follow the Twitter account @VWMotorsport_za for rally information.