Basil Read’s Habig Takes Overall Honours
information supplied by: Jan Habig
03 June 2013
BASIL READ’S HABIG TAKES OVERALL HONOURS
Basil Read is proud to announce that top honours went to their sponsored team, Jan Habig and Robert Paisley, who clinched overall victory in the Gauteng Dealer Rally this weekend (1 June 2013).
Marius Heyns, Chief Executive Officer of Basil Read said: “We are proud of the team’s overall performance this year and their determination to overcome the disappointments of last year and the obstacles in this event and to achieve their ultimate goal. Winning this event has meant a lot for Basil Read in that we are associated with winning the event that is closest to where our operations are based, raising our corporate profile further in the area.”
Jan Habig and Robert Paisley in the Basil Read Ford Fiesta, clinched overall victory in the Gauteng Dealer Rally this weekend. Habig was the overnight leader, with Gemmell in 2nd place - 28.7 seconds adrift.
Suffering from overheating problems caused by long grass clogging the radiator, the Basil Read team of technicians managed to rectify the situation at the service break on Friday evening. Habig was in 2nd place chasing Gemmell from SS3. Going into the penultimate stage, he was only 11 seconds behind Gemmell. Gemmell was given a one minute penalty for clocking in early in SS4 and this rocketed Habig into 1st position with a 28.7 second lead.
With five Special Stages to go, and the overheating problems something of the past, a confident Habig was determined to maintain the lead. Last year this event saw Habig and Paisley leading the event from the very first stage, until the penultimate stage when he suffered a puncture, handing victory to Jon Williams and had to settle for second place.
"I wasn't prepared to make predictions, but I knew that the Basil Read Ford had the pace and reliability to keep up the competition." said Habig.
While the rest of the field jostled for positions, the two veterans Habig and Paisley, with eight SA championships between them, fought off the challenges of the younger rivals, and steadily increased their lead building up a comfortable cushion, eventually winning by a comfortable 45 seconds. This once again denied the sponsors, Toyota, of winning their own event. A superb end to the rally, and a good result for Basil Read, Habig’s main sponsors. Second was Johnny Gemmell and Carolyn Swan in the Toyota Yaris finished second with Enzo Kuun and Douglas Judd in the Volkswagen Sasol Racing Polo finished in third. Interesting fact was that the average age on the podium was 52 years with 17 SA Championships between them.
Six-times SA Rally Champion Habig went into the Gauteng Dealer Rally in 3rd on 2013 SA Championship ladder. "With this result we are now in a strong second only one point behind Mark Cronje - a nice position to be going into at the half way mark of the 2013 Championship – the VW Rally in Port Elizabeth" said Jan
With Habig's latest victory, Ford has won four consecutive SA Rally Championship events, with Ford now in 1st and 2nd
position on the 2013 SA Rally Championship. Ford won the 2012 SA Rally Manufacturers Championship.
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