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Firestone Legendary Drive Champions crowned

Nov 21, 2011
Schalk and Susan van Niekerk

Schalk and Susan van Niekerk

Laurie Steyn and Syd Brett

Laurie Steyn and Syd Brett

Jerry Paice and Bonita Blankenberg

Jerry Paice and Bonita Blankenberg

Schalk and Susan van Niekerk are the 2011 champions of the South African Regularity Rally Association's 10-round Firestone Legendary Drives series after coming second in the final round, the Casa da Madeira Rally, in Gauteng on Sunday.
 
The husband and wife combination dominated the popular series this year, taking the honours comfortably after winning four rounds and regularly finishing in the top three.  Their final score was a remarkably low 12 penalty points.
 
Winners of the Casa da Madeira Rally were Laurie Steyn and Syd Brett (1977 Jaguar XJ6) with 24 penalty points from the Van Niekerks (1998 SAAB 9.3) with 32 points and Nadine and Craig Naude (2002 Alfa Romeo 147) with 35 points.
 
Richard Grover and Wally Langsford (1970 Ford Escort) were seventh last weekend, but it was enough for Grover to take the runner-up position in the drivers' championship with 39 penalty points.  Third in the drivers' championship was David Gilson (52 points), who came in eighth in the final round with Ed Hatton in a 1980 Fiat 131. 
 
Langsford took third place in the co-drivers' competition with 39 points behind Syd Brett (28 points).
 
Winners of the final round of the Total Blind Navigators Championship, which is run in conjunction with the Firestone Legendary Drives competition, were Jerry Paice and Bonita Blankenberg in a Daihatsu Terios from Nico Kleyn and Pieter van Niekerk (VW Touran) and Karin Makkink and Wilna du Toit (Ford Ranger).
 
Paice and Blankenberg dominated the championship and were clear winners with just 11 seconds penalty points.  Makkink was second in the drivers' competition with 34 points ahead of Kleyn with 54 points.  Second among the co-drivers' was Du Toit with 38 points, one clear of Jessica Grib.   
 

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