The Volkswagen Rally 2015 will see the National Rally Championship competitors in action in Port Elizabeth and surrounds on Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18. There are 12 planned stages of competition ready to challenge the teams as they aim to set the fastest times to claim victory.
While the rally starts on Friday, the build-up to the event will allow rally fans to get involved. Thursday evening the scrutineering checks will take place at Tavcor Volkswagen on the William Moffett Expressway. The public will be able to attend the event, see the various rally cars at their best, meet the drivers and navigators, get some posters signed and take photos with the cars and teams.
“The scrutineering process is part of the rally but has not really been considered an event for the public,” says Joe Fourie, route organiser of the Volkswagen Rally. “This year that changes and it promises to be a fun and festive highlight which will get everyone in the mood for the action to come.”
On Friday the rally start will see the gathering of teams at the Auto Pavilion in Uitenhage where the public can enter Volkswagen’s Place of Legends and Car at no charge and also meet the teams and see the cars in the run-up to the midday start.
“The final stage on Friday at Aldo Scribante Raceway is sure to be another highlight of the rally,” says Fourie. “This will be a tough stage, a combination of tar and gravel which will test the competitors – whilst also providing excellent spectating opportunities close to PE.”
Saturday will see three spectating opportunities at Port Elizabeth Oval Track Raceway (PEOTR) ensuring that rally fans get the most action while doing the least driving distance possible.
“The Mission Road stage can be viewed from PEOTR as well as both final stages for the event,” says Fourie. “The last two stages of the event are super special stages which means spectators can see two rally cars tackle the stage simultaneously to add another dimension of excitement to the event.”
These are just some of the highlights motorsport fans can expect at Volkswagen Rally 2015, with intense competition expected at round five of the national rally championship season.
“As sponsors we have worked closely with the Volkswagen Rally organisers to ensure this event is easily accessible to the general public – not just hardcore fans, but for anyone who enjoys action and cars,” says Mike Rowe, Volkswagen’s Motorsport Manager.
Detailed rally information and a rally guide will be inserted into PE daily newspapers on Thursday, before the VW Rally starts.