THE Volkswagen Sasolracing team adds more international flavour to the Volkswagen Rally this year with two international entries. Rally fans are familiar with Hans Weijs Jnr and Björn Degandt, the Dutch and Belgian members of the team.
They will be joined on the Volkswagen Rally by Austrian Raimund Baumschlager of BRR (Baumschlarger Rallye & Racing GmbH) and his German navigator, Klaus Wicha. Baumschlager is a multiple champion with a racing history that goes back to the late 70s and Wicha has been navigating since 1985. The pair, who have previously won the Austrian championship together, will compete in Volkswagen Sasolracing colours.
“It is important that we keep South African motorsport in the international spotlight,” says Mike Rowe, head of Volkswagen Motorsport. “With several of our local racers competing quite successfully on the international stage, creating an opportunity for international competitors here keeps the focus on our national series.”
With two podium positions at round three of the national championship, the Volkswagen Sasolracing team will start round four, the Volkswagen Rally, on a strong footing and eager to build on that achievement in front of their most avid fans.
Henk Lategan and Barry White as well as Hans Weijs Jnr and Björn Degandt completed the PMC Rally on the podium taking second and third place respectively. This sees Lategan and White third overall in the national standings with Weijs and Degandt in fourth place.
“The Volkswagen Rally is the halfway mark in the 2014 season,” says Rowe. “There is still a long way to go in this championship and the team is in a strong position. We will be working hard to produce another good result, this time in front of our home crowd and on home ground in the Volkswagen Rally.”
For Gugu Zulu and Carl Peskin round four of the season provides the opportunity for a return to form as they seek to repeat their performance of the Sasol Rally and overcome the setbacks of this season. The high-speed stages of the Longmore Forest could provide just the opportunity they need to add valuable points to their season standings.
The Volkswagen Sasolracing team will be right in the thick of the action from the start of the Volkswagen Rally at AutoPavilion on Friday, 11 July, to the big finish at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, 12 July. There are 15 stages of competition awaiting teams in the 2014 event – and the Volkswagen Sasolracing team aims to be a dominant force throughout the event.