Motorsport enthusiasts can look forward to this weekend when the city and its surroundings will be covered in a cloud of dust as petrol heads in the final round of the South African National Rally Championship, the Polokwane Motor Rally, will compete for the 2015 crown.
All eyes will be on Mark Cronjé from the Ford Performance Fiesta 2000 team and Team Castrol Toyota Yaris driver, Leeroy Poulter. With only 7,5 points separating the two leading contenders in this year’s championship the title race can still go either way although defending champ Poulter is under more pressure as he would need to repeat his winning performance of last year in order to retain the crown.
Cronje, on the other hand, only needs to finish in third position or higher to again seize the title he won in 2012 and 2013.
The rally starts tomorrow (Friday) at 13:00 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium and will be run over a distance of approximately 572 km comprising ten gravel special stages of about 187 km and 385 km liaison section.
Day one will also finish at the stadium at around 19:00. The rally will restart at 07:00 on Saturday from the stadium and the first car is expected to finish at around 14:30.
The podium ceremony is scheduled for 15:30 with the final prize giving to be held at Bolivia Lodge at 19:00.
For more information on the rally and on the exact location of the different stages visit www.sarallying.co.za.