Volkswagen South Africa Sasol Racing in the Western Cape
Hergen and Pierre Claim Podium for Volkswagen Sasolracing in the Western Cape
The Volkswagen Sasolracing Polo S2000 of Hergen Fekken and Pierre Arries took its position on the podium on Saturday afternoon as the duo completed a challenging event to claim third place overall in the Toyota Cape Dealer Rally.
“I am pleased with Hergen and Pierre's result at this event,” says Mike Rowe, head of Volkswagen Motorsport. “Well done to them for overcoming very trying conditions to achieve a good result. Congratulations are also due to Gugu and Carl for their second place in the S2000 Challenge category. Another good result from them.”
Held over 10 stages and 172 kilometres, the competitors faced two very different days of rallying, the drier conditions of Friday giving way to very wet stages as rain set in overnight. This did not deter Fekken and Arries who used a conservative strategy on Saturday to ensure they steered clear of any potential trouble.
“Today we decided to play things a bit safe,” says Fekken. “While the other competitors were having trouble with fences and gateposts, we stayed away from those things which seem to haunt us sometimes. It looked like we were on pace for a fourth place finish, but I thought we might get a third if we played it safe. We did have a puncture in stage eight, that cost us about a minute and we also took lateness as well, but it wasn't enough to stop us from making the podium.”
Henk Lategan and Barry White rallied their Volkswagen Sasolracing Polo S2000 to eighth place after competing under Super Rally rules on Saturday. An incident on-stage in day one saw them with a damaged steering. During the course of Saturday their performance kept getting stronger, to the point where they claimed the fastest time in the final stage. Lategan and White leave this week for the Arbö Rallye in Austria on 20 and 21 September.
The Volkswagen Sasolracing Polo Vivo S2000 of Gugu Zulu and Carl Peskin claimed second place in the S2000 Challenge category on Saturday, finishing fifth overall in the rally as well.
“Stage one was not kind and we were in 23rd position after that, having to claw our way back,” says Zulu. “It was very challenging and we had to stick our necks out a bit, but we did well and finished strong.”
The Volkswagen Sasolracing team head to Limpopo next to contest the Polokwane Rally, the penultimate round of the national rally championship on 19 and 20 October.