The South African National Rally Championship (NRC) continues with a second double-header on the trot, this time taking place in the Mpumalanga town of Delmas.
With two wins under their belt after the opening rounds, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA’s Guy Botterill and navigator Simon Vacy-Lyle will be aiming to extend their lead in the delayed and compressed 2020 championship, at the NTT Toyota Delmas Rally this weekend.
The pair drew first blood by winning both opening rounds of the NRC, the Lake Umuzi Rally, which took place during September, in the area around the town of Secunda, also in Mpumalanga. Since then, the team has refined their Class R4 Toyota Etios.
“Besides the work we’ve done on the car, we’re also becoming more familiar with it,” says Botterill. “We’re still getting used to driving a powerful four-wheel drive rally car, after many years in the front-wheel drive S1600. But we’re making progress, and hope to be significantly faster this weekend.”
The NTT Toyota Delmas Rally gets under way with Round 3 of the championship on Friday, 16 October. This one-day round of the series features 6 stages, divided into three sections, with a total stage distance of 95 km. This will be followed by Round 4 of the championship on Saturday, featuring six more stages, and a total stage distance of 88 km.
As with the Lake Umuzi Rally, the NTT Toyota Delmas Rally will be run under strict COVID-19 protocols, as set out by Motorsport South Africa. As such, no spectators will be allowed, but fans can follow the action via SA Rally’s online channels.