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DOUBLE PODIUM FOR CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA IN PORT ELIZABETH

DOUBLE PODIUM FOR CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA IN PORT ELIZABETH 20 July 2015

 

  • First overall for Leeroy Poulter and Elvéne Coetzee (Toyota Yaris S2000)
  • Third overall for Giniel de Villiers and Carolyn Swan (Toyota Yaris S2000)
  • Second in Class S1600 for Matthew Vacy-Lyle and Schalk van Heerden (Toyota Etios S1600)

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DOUBLE PODIUM FOR CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA IN PORT ELIZABETH DOUBLE PODIUM FOR CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA IN PORT ELIZABETH

DOUBLE PODIUM FOR CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA IN PORT ELIZABETH 20 July 2015

It was a hard-fought battle, but Castrol Team Toyota’s Leeroy Poulter and navigator Elvéne Coetzee won the 2015 Volkswagen Rally in Port Elizabeth, round five of the South African National Rally Championship, making it two wins in a row for the resurgent defending champions. Poulter/Coetzee’s Toyota Yaris S2000 never missed a beat, and the same can be said of the sister car crewed by Giniel de Villiers and Carolyn Swan, who finished third overall.

 

“It was a fantastic weekend for us,” beamed an exuberant Glyn Hall, Team Principal of Castrol Team Toyota, after the event. “Of all the rallies in the season, this is the one the drivers want to win most of all. The Longmore Forest stages have a reputation as the toughest on the rally calendar, and Leeroy showed his mettle by winning the longest of them despite the heavy rains that had soaked the stage.”

 

Day one of the 2015 VW Rally saw Poulter/Coetzee open a handy lead of 35.8 seconds over second-place crew and current championship leaders, Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton (Ford Fiesta), after six stages. Day two dawned grey and rainy, and it quickly became clear that the remainder of the event would be run in extremely testing conditions. As the heavens opened over the Eastern Cape, Poulter managed to control his lead at the head of the field, holding off a hard-charging Cronje in the final forest stage of the event.

 

With six stages scheduled for the day, it looked as if the final showdown would happen at the Port Elizabeth Oval Track, but the heavy rains completely soaked the super special stage which was to be the scene of stages 11 and 12, bringing the 2015 Volkswagen Rally to a premature end. This meant that Poulter/Coetzee effectively won the rally in the Longmore Forest, closing the gap to championship leaders, Cronje/Houghton, by another four points. The Castrol Team Toyota Crew are now just 9 points adrift in the championship, with three rounds remaining.

 

For Giniel de Villiers and Carolyn Swan, in the second Castrol Team Toyota Yaris S2000, the Volkswagen Rally offered an opportunity to move into third place in the championship, and that is exactly what they did by finishing third overall in the event, three spots ahead of their nearest championship rivals, Gugu Zulu and Hilton Auffray (Volkswagen Polo).

 

“Giniel and Carolyn drove extremely well, often matching the stage times set by the crews ahead of them,” said Hall of De Villiers/Swan’s performance. “Their pace on this event was brilliant, and showed that they are capable taking the fight to any other competitor in the field.”

 

In Class S1600, for front-wheel-drive vehicles with engines of 1,600 cc, Matthew Vacy-Lyle and navigator Schalk van Heerden (Toyota Etios S1600) finished in second place, just behind the VW Polo of Paul Franken and Henry Kohne. Current championship leaders and defending champions Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle  was forced to retire from the rally on day one, when they experienced transmission problems.

 

The next round in the 2015 championship is the Cullinan Motor Rally, which takes place on 14 and 15 August. As round 6 of the 8-round championship, the Cullinan Motor Rally promises to be pivotal in the decision of the final outcome of the season.

 

 

Toyota Motorsport South Africa Acknowledges Its Sponsors and Specialist Official Supplier and Technical Partners

Toyota enjoys a mutually beneficial relationship with Castrol, Toyota Financial Services, Innovation Group, Imperial Toyota Group, Bosch, Donaldson, Edgecam, Ferodo, Smith Manufacturing, NGK, SKF, Reiger and Spanjaard.

 

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CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA TAKES THE FIGHT TO P.E. FOR ROUND 5  OF THE 2015 NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA TAKES THE FIGHT TO P.E. FOR ROUND 5  OF THE 2015 NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA TAKES THE FIGHT TO P.E. FOR ROUND 5 OF THE 2015 NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 13 July 2015

Defending South African National Rally Champions, Leeroy Poulter and navigator Elvéne Coetzee will be aiming to continue their good form on round 5 of the 2015 South African National Rally Championship, which takes place in Port Elizabeth on 17 and 18 July.

 

The Castrol Team Toyota Yaris S2000 crew’s first victory for the year came on the previous round, which took place in the Limpopo town of Bela-Bela. With this win, the pair moved to within 13 points of the top of the points log. Now the action moves to the Eastern Cape, where they will again be taking the fight to current championship leader Mark Cronje (Ford).

 

“Leeroy and Elvéne managed to narrow the gap to Mark with their win in Bela-Bela.” said Castrol Team Toyota Team Principal Glyn Hall before traveling to round 5. “However, they still have a lot of work to do if they want to defend their title, starting with the usually very challenging Volkswagen Rally.”

 

For teammates Giniel de Villiers and Carolyn Swan, who campaign an identical Toyota Yaris S2000 rally car, the 2015 season has brought mixed results. Now, at the mid-way point of the season, the pair is fourth on the points log, just 2.5 points behind Volkswagen’s Gugu Zulu, who currently occupies third place. De Villiers/Swan have built up a 10-point buffer over Henk Lategan (VW) in fifth place, and will be aiming to challenge Zulu on his home event.

 

In Class S1600, for front-wheel-drive rally cars with engines of 1,600 cc, defending champions Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle have gotten their season back on track with two victories on the last two rounds. The pair, who campaign a Yato Toyota Etios S1600, had a poor start to the year, but currently lead the championship thanks to their recent return to form. They now lead Matthew Vacy-Lyle and navigator Schalk van Heerden (Fragram Toyota Etios) by four points going into round 5.

 

Traditionally the Volkswagen Rally has taken place mainly in and around the fearsome Longmore Forest, inland from Jeffreys Bay. Stages such as Culturama and King’s View have become part of the lore of South African rallying, and have often been the scene of epic championship battles. This year, however, the Volkswagen Rally features a more compact layout, and while certain forest stages have been retained, the action moves closer to the windy city of Port Elizabeth itself.

 

The rally gets under way at noon on Friday, 17 July, with a ceremonial start at the VW Auto Pavillion in Uitenhage. The event consists of 12 stages, with six of these taking place on Friday afternoon, all within a short drive of Uitenhage. On Saturday morning the rally starts with a stage at Buffelshoek, before moving to the Longmore Forest for the stage known as Sinkdam. From there it is back towards Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth for the final stages – including two super special stages, where two cars compete simultaneously – to end the rally in spectacular fashion.

 

 

 

Toyota Motorsport South Africa Acknowledges Its Sponsors and Specialist Official Supplier and Technical Partners

Toyota enjoys a mutually beneficial relationship with Castrol, Toyota Financial Services, Innovation Group, Imperial Toyota Group, Bosch, Donaldson, Edgecam, Ferodo, Smith Manufacturing, NGK, SKF, Reiger and Spanjaard.

 

Follow the fortunes of Castrol Team Toyota on motorsport.toyota.co.za

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