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WRC Acropolis and SA Championship Gauteng Toyota Dealer Rally

Latvala-Acropolis-Rally-2013-1024x681Same cars, new winners

The weekend’s rallying, in both the WRC and South Africa’s national series, saw the usual winners so far this season wrong-footed by mechanical niggles, while rival drivers in similar cars made the move to the top step of the podium.

In the WRC evet, the Acropolis, Jari-Matti Latvala claimed his first World Rally Championship win since joining Volkswagen after a fuel-feed problem put log-leader and multiple winner Sebastién Ogier out of the running on the first stage.

Then Latvala spent a few nail-biting hours waiting on a decision by the stewards after Citroën, for whom Dani Sordo had managed second place, protested the presence of extra batteries in the VW entries. The decision went in VW’s favour and Latvala was confirmed the victor in the early hours of the next morning.

HabigThings were completely cut and dried for six-times SA champion Jan Habig, who took his Basil Read-backed Ford Fiesta to a dominant win in the Gauteng Toyota Dealer rally, the third round of the local series, after habitual winner Mark Cronje suffered a gearboc problem early on, then hit a rock into the bargain. Habig came home ahead of the consistent Johnny Gemmel (Toyota Yaris) and Enzo Kuun in the first of the VW Polos.

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