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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S BOTTERILL/VACY-LYLE BACK IN CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENTION AFTER VICTORY IN SABIE 21 April 2018
21 April 2018
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S BOTTERILL/VACY-LYLE BACK IN CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENTION AFTER VICTORY IN SABIE
SABIE, MPUMALANGA – Defending South African National Rally Champions, Guy Botteril and navigator Simon Vacy-Lyle, are back in the championship fight after a resounding victory on the 2018 York Rally, Round 2 of championship. The Toyota Gazoo Racing SA crew had failed to score points on the opening round of the season, but a solid performance in the forests of Sabie saw them make up for lost ground.
At the same time, Round 1 winners Richard Leeke and Henry Kohne (Ford) bowed out of the event on Day 2, further closing the gap between the Toyota Etios R2 crew and their nearest competitors. With that said, AC Potgieter and Nico Swartz recorded a fifth-place finish, and are now provisionally tied with Toyota Etios R2 driver Matthew Vacy-Lyle, partnered for this event with Rikus Fourie, at the top of the overall standings.
“We had a great event,” said Botterill after completing the spectacular final stage near the town of Sabie. “We kept things clean throughout, and managed to bring home the points we needed. The car was perfect, and even though the conditions in Sabie were extremely tricky, we had no issues during the weekend.”
Botterill/Vacy-Lyle opted for a cautious approach on the opening stages of the rally, given the wet conditions underfoot. They were in second position prior to the last stage of the opening day, but inherited the lead when early pacesetter Jono van Wyk (Ford Fiesta) blew an engine in the final stage of the day.
Day 2 saw the crews take on the traditional stages that have made up the Sasol Rally – and latterly the York Timbers Rally – for many years. The day started with the mad dash through the streets of Nelspruit at the so-called Spaghetti Junction, and was followed by stages like Maggsleigh, Hendriksdal and MTO Rutland. The rally concluded with the spectacular downhill charge at the York Sabie Grande Finale.
Botterill/Vacy-Lyle kept it clean throughout, but was kept honest throughout the event by Matthew Vacy-Lyle and Rikus Fourie, in a near-identical Toyota Etios R2.
Next up for the SA National Rally Championship will provisionally take place in Gauteng, and is scheduled for 25-26 May
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