document : Galvadip Toyota Team chasing S1600 co-drivers title

Galvadip Toyota Team chasing S1600 co-drivers title
information supplied by: MSA Rally Commission 31 October 2012


The final round of the Super 1600 SA Rally Championship takes place this weekend in the Garden Route area of the southern Cape where Kesevan Naidoo has a mathematical chance of claiming the overall Co-Driver’s Championship, a task which driver Tjaart Conradie is going all out to assist with.

The Galvadip/PACS Toyota pair has enjoyed a resurgence in form over the second half of the season, taking two second place results in the past two events they competed in.

While Conradie sat out the Toyota Cape Dealer Rally to be with his wife during the birth of their second child, Naidoo jumped into Ashley Haigh Smith’s Ford Fiesta and earned a healthy haul of 19 points for 3rd place. Haigh Smith’s regular navigator is ineligible for points as he competes with a UK license, giving Naidoo a chance to gain ground on the title leader.

“My sole aim is to help Kes get as high up the championship table as possible”, said Conradie. “It’s been a difficult season for us but we’ve come on song in the second half and if we can keep up our pace of recent times we will be in the fight”. The class features two driver’s with brand new navigators which could further play into the Galvadip team’s hands.

“I’m looking forward to going out to enjoy the last event without any real pressure. The Garden Route is a great place to rally as the roads are quite tricky, more so if the stages are wet. The roads should be similar to last year and our car is as good as it can be so it is going to be an interesting weekend”.

For Naidoo, he isn’t thinking too hard about the championship. “I am realistic to about my chances of winning the title. Our first aim will be to maintain pressure on Craig (Trott and co-driver Robbie Coetzee) and go for a podium finish”.

“There is a possibility of rain damage to the roads which could make the route quite rough and a bit of a car-breaker. Most of the stages are high in the mountains with fast, flowing cambered roads which are a pleasure to race on”, Naidoo added. “Although there is a potentially a championship at stake, we can’t over-commit and I know Tjaart will be at a maximum pace where we both feel safe as well. There is no pint in going overboard and risking everything. We need to be smart”.

“I’m looking forward to the event”, Naidoo concluded.

The Garden Route Rally starts in George at noon on Friday, 2nd November with a short stage before heading to the mountains above the Wilderness for 4 stages. Saturday’s action takes in six stages around Knysna.

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.

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