Everson completes first Walvis Bay Rally

Rudi Bowe

Twenty drivers and navigators competed in the 2019 edition of the Shell V-Power Rally hosted by the Walvis Bay Motor Club (WBMC) last Saturday in Walvis Bay.

The popular Jan Everson / Fanie Botes of the WBMC managed to finish his first Walvis Bay rally with his 4×2 Seal Consulting S2 VW Polo (Naartjie). Everson and Botha ended second in the S2 class in a time of 1:12:37.
Only twelve cars were able to complete the fourth leg of the Namibian national rally championship for sedans and off-road trucks (OR).
The MD said “At Vivo Energy and Shell V-Power safety comes first, therefore I would like to thank WBMC the racers and the spectators for a good and safe Walvis Bay Rally. This is the first time that attend a rally where there was no accident”.
He added that they are very proud to be part of Rally in Namibia and that Shell V-Power will continue to sponsor rallies in Namibia to show how good the performance there product is.
Local favourite Allan Martin and Maretha Olivier in S4 class with their J&P Hydraulics 4×4 Skoda retired at the third stage. Martin did not want to proceed as there was an unwelcome sounds in the engine of the lightning-fast Skoda R5.
Martin said that it was a tough rally but the Skoda was truly fantastic in the first two stages as he did extremely well by beating Dippenaar and Redelinghuys. About three-quarters of the third stage of 16.38 km he heard strange noises from the engine. He decided to retire rather than ruined the engine.
“I was very much looking forward to this rally, but had to make the sad decision as I really don’t know what’s going on with the engine and still waiting for the people in the Czech Republic to analyse the data” Martin added.
Martin said “I’m definitely going to compete in the Gobabis rally, but it will probably be with the old 4×4 S2000 VW Polo (Green Mamba), because I doubt the Skoda will be ready at the time.”
The teams that retired were Allen Martin/ Olivier, Isai Nhinda/Tinus Malan and Slamet / Fever in S4 Class, Gert Coetzee / Ciske Howard, and Kai Pretorius / Katja Pretorius S2 class, Freddie van Niekerk / Marius Nasilowski OR D Class.
The result in the deferent classes are;
S1 class: 1. Etienne van der Heever and Willy van Wyk (1:10:39), 2. Oswaldo Mendes and Kes Naidoo (1:15:09) and 3. Pieter Greef and Jean Pierre Robinson (1:18:48)
S2 Class: 1, Hanre Myburgh and Tara Myburgh (1:10:30), 2. Jan Everson and navigator Fanie Botes (1:12:37) and 3. Jannie Coetzee and navigator James Scholtz (1:13:28)
S3 class.De Wet du Plessis and Campbell Connan (1:11:41)
S4 class: 1 Wilro Dippenaar and Riaan van der Westhuizen (59:55), 2. Jaco Redelinghuys and Dries Booysen (1:01:35).
OR C class: 1 Kruger / Louw. Jacques Kruger with navigator Roche Louw (1:20:51).
Joao Coimbra with navigator Morne Oosthuizen (1:20:59)
OR D Class: 1 George Coetzee and Hugo Arangies
The overall results are:
1. Wilro Dippenaar and Riaan Van der Westhuizen (59:55)
2. Jaco Redelinghuys and Dries Booysen (1:01:35)
3.Hanré Myburgh and Tara Myburgh (1:10:30)
4. Etienne van der Heever and Willy van Wyk (1:10:39)
5. De Wet du Plessis and Campbell Connan 1:11:41
6. Jan Everson and Fanie Botes 1:12:37
7.Jannie Coetzee and James Scholtz 1:13:28
8. Oswaldo Mendes and/ Kes Naidoon (1:15:09)
9. Pieter Greeff and JP Robinson (1:18:48)
10. Jacques Kruger and Roché Louw (OR, 1:20:51)
11. Joao Coimbra and Morné Oosthuizen (OR, 1:20:59)
12. Welmie Kühn and René van Wyk (1:54:31)

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