WMC ready to host 50th edition of Total Tara Rally

09 Oct 2018 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 09 OCT (NAMPA) – This year’s Total Tara Rally will probably be the biggest road race event of the year in Namibia, Windhoek Motor Club (WMC) chairperson Richard Slamet has said.
He was speaking to Nampa on Sunday after the completion of WMC’s last circuit race of the year at the Tony Rust Race Track.
This will be the 50th edition of the Tara Rally. Total Namibia has availed N.dollars 150 000 for the event, which will take place 08 to 10 November.
Slamet told this agency the WMC will now turn their attention to the Tara Rally.
“The rally will start on 08 November in Swakopmund and on 09 November also in Swakopmund and drivers will drive towards Wilhelmstal in the Karibib area. On 10 November, they will make their way to Windhoek,” he said.
Slamet added that Total did not come back in the same magnitude as in the past, but the WMC is working on strengthening their relationship going forward.
Total Namibia in 2016 announced that it was withdrawing its sponsorship of the rally, which at that time was N.dollars 500 000.
The company said it was a business decision, but the withdrawal followed controversy during the 2015 rally, which was won by Slamet and Wiets Coetzee. Second-placed finishers Wilro Dippenaar and Riaan van der Westhuizen withdrew out of protest at what they said were officiating inconsistencies.
Total Namibia later conducted an investigation and declared the results of the 2015 rally null and void.