Basil Read Ford Rally Team crews both finish in top six in SA Championship
information supplied by: MSA Rally Commission
06 November 2012
BASIL READ FORD RALLY TEAM CREWS BOTH FINISH IN TOP SIX IN SA CHAMPIONSHIP
The two crews that make up the Basil Read Ford Rally Team both finished in the top six of the SA Rally Championship after the final round, the Garden Route Rally, which was based in the Wilderness and held over November 2-3.
KwaZulu-Natalians and former multiple champions Jan Habig and Robert Paisley took fourth in the title chase, with team-mates Charl Wilken and Greg Godrich being edged into sixth spot.
Habig and Paisley failed to finish the Garden Route Rally when a bolt holding the steering rack of their Ford Fiesta S2000 sheered on the way to the final stage. They were unable to repair it and were time barred. At that stage they had been lying fifth overall after starting the day in eighth spot and had looked like scoring their fifth top five finish of the season.
“This was the first time since 1997 that I have been responsible for preparing my own rally car and it was a steep learning curve, but we have gained a great deal of experience which will stand us in good stead in 2013,” said Habig, who missed one of the national championship events to compete in the Rally of GB, a round of the World Rally Championship staged in Wales.
Wilken and Greg Godrich suffered punctures and clutch failure on their Ford Fiesta S2000, which hampered their progress on the Garden Route Rally and they had to be content with 10th overall at the finish. This was their eighth consecutive finish of the season, with the best placing having been a third in the opening event, the Total Rally in KZN.
Charl Wilken said the going in the Garden Route Rally had been very rough following many days of extreme weather and heavy rain during the weeks before the rally. “There were many rocks waiting to puncture tyres too,” which made it a rally of attrition said the former multiple rally and racing titleholder.