45th TOTAL Tara Rally launched in Windhoek.

20 Oct 2013 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 20 OCT (NAMPA) - Motorsport lovers can look forward to an exciting 2013 TOTAL Tara Rally when it takes place in Namibia next month.
The three-day TOTAL Tara commences on 21 November, beginning and ending at the Windhoek Sports Club (SKW).
Last year’s event was won by Willie Dames from Namibia and his South African Navigator Armand Du Toit.
Only nine out of 24 cars which entered, managed to cross the finish line in 2012.
The 45th edition of the event will see drivers and navigators take on 30 kilometres of special night stages, before leaving the following day to Okahandja and Wilhelmstal, where the teams will face 200 kilometres of special stages before returning to Windhoek on the same day.
The last day will cover around 60 kilometers of spacial stages.
The event was officially launched on Wednesday with a N.dollars 500 000 sponsorship from TOTAL Namibia, a petroleum supplier involved in the Tara Rally since its humble beginnings back in 1969.
Chairman of the organising committee, Harald Lingner said during the sponsorship handover in Windhoek that it gets more and more difficult to organise such an event meeting all the requirements and expectations.
“A satisfied sponsor is just as important as a satisfied competitor and spectator,” Lingner said on Wednesday.
On his part, Managing Director of TOTAL Namibia, Chris Hoffman said they are proud to be associated with the TOTAL brand and with the sport of motor rallying.
He said the TOTAL sponsorship spans over a period of 50 years, and can be attributed to the strategic focus and understanding by the company that as consumers of its products, motor vehicle owners would benefit greatly from the knowledge gained through the testing of the high performance and endurance situations.
The organisers plan to make the rally challenging for the teams, while also offering spectators the chance to see teams driving and showing of their skills behind the wheel from various spectator-friendly points.
The rally was named Tara in 1969 after the Siamese cat of the first organiser, Dennis Kent.
Since then the cat's face has become the emblem of the Tara Rally.