Bridgestone South Africa

Firestone Legendary Drives Alfa Romeo Rally Result

Oct 06, 2010

In one of the closest results of the South African regularity rally season and a triumph for the classic car brigade Peter Arnot and Pat Whelan (1967 Lotus Elan) were declared the overall winners of last weekend's Alfa Romeo Regularity Rally in southern Gauteng with a time penalty of just nine seconds.

Second, a mere two seconds behind, was the 1970 Ford Escort of Richard Grover and Wally Langsford. Chris Andrew, current leader of the drivers" championship, and Mike Altona, second in the navigators" championship, were third in a 1981 BMW 635CSi with 16 seconds penalties.

In a low-scoring competition, just 22 seconds" penalties separated the winners from ninth-placed Jean Tanzino and Gary Berndt in a 1980 Fiat 131. The oldest car in the rally, a 1959 MGA coupe driven by Alex Couling and navigated by Jacques van Rooyen, finished 13th out of 23 starters with 57 seconds penalties. All competing crews are members of the South African Regularity Rally Association (SARRA).

The highest-placed Alfa Romeo in an event organised by the Alfa Romeo Club in the famous marque's centenary year was the 1973 Guilia of Laurie Steyn and Greg Pridgeon, who were fourth

The one-day rally started and finished at Canterbury Arms Country Restaurant in Walkerville at 09.00 on Sunday and covered a 220-km route on quiet tar roads in the deep south of Gauteng that turned out to be ideal for the gentle, but highly competitive art of regularity rallying.

The next and penultimate round of the SARRA Firestone Legendary Drives regularity rally series is the Rally Sport Rally in Gauteng on October 24.

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