Polokwane Podium for Galvadip Rally Team
information supplied by: MSA Rally Commission
08 October 2012
POLOKWANE PODIUM FOR GALVADIP/PACS RALLY TEAM
Tjaart Conradie and Kesevan Naidoo put in a strong performance to claim the second step of the podium on the Polokwane Rally, the penultimate round of the series after shock absorber problems hampered them on the opening day.
The Galvadip/PACS Toyota Auris pairing completed the first two stages without proper damping leaving the disappointed crew 5th in class. After the first service halt, the technicians sprang into action and changed the unit, taking one second longer than the 15 minutes allowed, enough to earn the pair a 10 second penalty.
The chase was on as Conradie set the fastest time in stage three in pursuit of their rival and moved into second place where they stayed for the remainder of the rally, again setting the fastest two-wheel drive time in stages 6, 7 and 8.
Sunday started with another fastest stage time in front of an appreciative crowd of spectators in the heart of Polokwane before for a series of three tight and twisty stages, where Conradie opted for a cautious approach as there was no further service allowed.
In stage 11, the bumpiest of the entire route, Conradie damaged the Auris’ radiator over a jump and wisely settled for second place, his second successive podium result having missed a maiden victory in KwaZulu Natal by less than a second.
“I’m not ungrateful to be second, it’s a great result for the Galvadip/PACS team but a win was with our reach given the pace we had when we didn’t have any problems and I guess I am a little disappointed”.
“I have to say that Ashley (Haigh Smith) deserved his win as he drove really well the whole weekend. It was great that first place co-driver points goes to Kes as Ashley’s overseas navigator doesn’t score points in our series and that keeps him in second place on the points log”, Conradie concluded.
With one round remaining, Naidoo is in the co-driver’s Super 1600 championship fight with 25 points available for a win and currently 21 points in arrears.
The final round takes place in the Garden Route area of the Western Cape on 2 and 3 November.
Title sponsor Galvadip, part of the Silverton Engineering Group, is in an exciting growth phase, having just commissioned their state-of-the art facility in Silverton, Pretoria, to meet customer demand. Hot Dip Galvanizing is a coating of choice in the mining, construction and infrastructure fields.
With over 30 year’s experience, the new plant allows Galvadip to increase tonnage and improve customer service levels with shorter turnaround times.
Additional support for the team comes from Pan African Commuter Solutions (PACS), Hencom Autobody, Toyota SA, Silverton Engineering, NGK Spark Plugs and LUK.