The 2015 Toyota Cape Dealer Rally, penultimate round in the South African National Rally Championship, will be completely schizophrenic in nature.
The first day of the rally, scheduled to start on Friday, 18 September, at 14:40 from the McCarthy Toyota dealership in Killarney Gardens, will consist of four tight and relatively short tar stages, while the no less than nine stages on day two will be run on long, undulating gravel stages in the vicinity of Malmesbury in the Swartland.
This means hard work for the teams to stay competitive and focused. Specific tar mac suspension setup will not be allowed. The suspension setup will be sealed by the Technical Delegate prior to the start of the event.
It will also mean the crews will have to change in their mind-set from the first day to the next – concentrating on being pin-point perfect at the Killarney race track and the tight stages at the Cape Gate shopping centre – while being more cautious, yet still aggressive, on the sweeping stages through the green Swartland wheat fields.
The rally, over a total distance of approximately 380 km, will kick off with a recce stage close to Malmesbury on Thursday, 17 September, followed by scrutineering from 18:00 at Malmesbury Toyota.
Friday morning will get underway with a competitors’ recce of the Killarney race circuit (in road cars) before the crews make their way to the McCarthy group’s Toyota dealership for the official start.
After two stages at Killarney, with good spectator facilities, the teams will travel to the Imperial Toyota Cape Gate dealership in Brackenfell for the two extremely popular night tar stages in and around the Cape Gate shopping centre starting at 18:40.
These stages have become a social event of note for spectators, so be there early to not miss out on a spectacular show.
Afterwards the rallyists will move back to Malmesbury from where the event will restart on Saturday. Scrutineering for the regional competitors will take place at the Show Grounds early on Saturday morning.
After the restart at 07:00 from Malmesbury Toyota the competitors will tackle special stages consisting of approximately 195 km of gravel roads, including the notorious Langgewens stage of 26.29 kilometres.
This stage, with three excellent spectator points, will be run no less than three times, and will also be the last stage of the rally, perhaps providing the proverbial sting in the tail…
The first car is expected back at the Malmesbury Show Ground for the finish of the rally at around 16:30 on Saturday afternoon.