Rally enthusiasts in for second-last treat for 2023

Redline Motor Club (RLMC) and the Namibia Motor Sport Federation (NMSF) will host the second-last rally for this year this weekend.

The rally, sponsored by Shell V-Power, will take place over two days in and around Windhoek.

Unlike previous rallies, this one will start off with the ‘super special stage’ during which two rally cars race against each other on the same tracks.

Over the years this stage has proven to be very popular due to the high intensity of the race, and the speed and agility of the teams.

This stage is slated for the Tony Rust Race Track west of Windhoek.

Ernst Thatcher from the RLMC says the club aims for 20 teams to take part in the rally.

“The best thing about this rally is that it is a spectator-friendly event, with many points where spectators can see the cars in action,” he says.

The event starts at 18h00 at Shell Lafrentz Service Station, from where the first car will leave for the first stage at the Tony Rust Race Track at 18h23.

The second stage will start at 19h08 at Eros Airport next to the railway tracks.

The day will end off with with the third and fourth stages at Iveco and Elisenheim north of Windhoek, before the cars will be parked at Elisenheim Spar.

Day two will start again at Elisenheim, from where another eight stages will take place in and around Windhoek.

The event will come to an end at around 16h15 at the RLMC in the Northern Industrial Area.

The total distance for the entire rally amounts to 153km, of which 107km would involve special stages.

Drivers like Wilro Dippenaar, Pieter Greef, Gerhardus Truter, Willem Dippenaar, Ekko Eisenberg, Rian Kritzinger and Loic Bathfield confirmed their participation, Thatcher says.

The event’s organisers have requested the public and spectators to be cautious where the rally is taking place, and to adhere to the instructions of marshals and officials at all times.

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