Tara Rally launched

03 Nov 2016 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 03 NOV (NAMPA) – The 48th edition of the Tara Rally was launched here on Thursday, with close to 30 teams expected to register.
The rally takes place at the Tony Rust Race Track, west of Windhoek on 18 and 19 November.
Entries for the rally opened Thursday morning and close on 14 November at 17h00.
One of the teams expected to register is from South Africa (SA), made up of 2013 and 2014 Tara champion Japie van Niekerk and his navigator Gerhard Snyman.
Speaking at the launch of the rally, Richard Slamet, a driver and chairperson of the Windhoek Motor Club, said this year they are going to have very short routes, which will make the competition exciting.
“We lost our main sponsor for the rally this year, but the Windhoek Motor Sport Club brought a group of friends together to help fund the event,” he said.
Total Namibia, who were the main sponsor of the rally for many years, discontinued their sponsorship for 2016, saying they want to explore other marketing opportunities.
Their decision was also prompted by last year’s event, which was won by Richard Slamet and Wiets Coetzee. Their win was however marred by controversy after second-placed Wilro Dippenaar and Riaan van der Westhuizen withdrew out of protest at alleged officiating inconsistencies.
Total Namibia later conducted an investigation and declared the results of last year’s rally null and void.
The rally takes place from 13h00 to 21h30 next Friday and from 08h00 until 14h00 the following day.