Perfect weather, awesome stages and great rallying made the CPMCC Porterville Rally one to remember! If only for the fact that CPMCC President, Robert Marle, had celebrated his birthday leading into the event.
In fact, somehow doubt whether Owen Jones and Aden Bredenkamp will ever consider another event better as the young combination stepped up to the top of the podium on debut in their 454 CPMCC S4 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4x4 Turbo 2.0.
They could not have picked a better event on which to shine as Maj Pule Maloka, No 2 of the SAAF Silver Falcons Team 84, opened proceedings with an impressive solo aerial display in a Pilatus PC7 MkII from Central Flying School Langebaanweg. When the Starting Order appeared the 19 strong entry had shrunk to 17 teams but they had veteran (retired) controls Lance and Rosemary Maytham releasing them from the Porterville showgrounds.
Unexpectedly the very first retirement from the event was pre-event favourites for overall victory, Llewellyn Jones and Christophé Pichon, in their CEJ Plant Hire 434 CPMCC S5 Subaru Imprza WRX STi 4x4 Turbo 2.0 when the clutch cried enough shortly after leaving the start control on Special Stage 1.
No problem as Shaun Jones and Jason Thorpe upheld family honours by leading the event in their Advanced Asphalting 424 CPMCC S5 Subaru Impreza 4x4 Turbo 2.0 with John and Weston Peiser in hot pursuit in their Speed Pro Cycling 425 CPMCC S5 Subaru Impreza GT 4x4 Turbo 2.0. Special stage one was all about commitment and the challenging 17.39km Heuningberg route certainly set the scene for a magic duel at the front of the field as just two seconds separated the Scoobies.
Paul-Hendrik Franken and Lloyd Brady an impressive third in the Franken Motorsport 125 CPMCC S5 Volkswagen Polo Vivo GT 1.0 Turbo with Seraaj and Ziyaad Amlay making their intentions clear with fourth fastest time in the Ramlay Builders 457 CCMCC S3 Volkswagen Golf MkIII GTi 2.0 8v. Keenan Sassman and Ian Thebus fifth fastest in the returning Howard Centre Motors 413 CCMCC S4 Toyota Corolla RXi 1.8i with Owen Jones and Aden Bredenkamp sixth quickest on the opening stage.
Erin Joshua and Ibraheem Amlay sadly also had to retire the “new” 462 CCMCC S3 Toyota Tazz 1.6i on the opening stage when all four bolts sheared off the reight front hub. Fortunately no serious damage but their day was done.
Middelpos presented the remaining fifteen teams with another challenging 15km of sweeping, fast and flowing instructions and thankfully all managed to complete the stage. Rupert and Pieter van Zyl however decided to park their Hollandse Motor Specialist 405 CPMCC S3 Volkwagen Polo 2.0 8v for some 25 min whilst trying to coax the fuel pump into action again.
John and Weston Peiser took the fight to their opponents by winning the stage by three seconds, moving into the overall lead by one with Keenan Sassman and Ian Thebus slotting the S4 Corolla into third overall.
A brief visit to the service park at Porterville showgrounds had team heading back to Heuningberg where Shaun clawed back seven seconds form John Peiser with Owen Jones slipping into third overall. The “Four Cousins” Seraaj and Amlay and Riyaan and Yaseen Amlay disputing fourth spot with Winston Neethling and Lyle Marais creeping closer in the sweet sounding Howard Centre Motors 428 CCMCC S5 Nissan Sentra 2.0 4x4. Winston endured failing wipers and a spin on stage one and from SS2 there was intermittend drive to the front wheels but SS3 really got his attention when the brake pedal hit the floor. Going into the second half of the event the car only had rear wheel drive.
Well, it simply had to be special stage 4 that shook up the field. Owen Jones gave his dad, Shaun, a serious wake-up call by winning the stage by six seconds whilst John and Weston Peiser extinguished an oil fire under the bonnet of their Scoobie. Seraaj amazed by still heading Riyaan in the Four Cousins Challenge but Winston was coming closer with the acciDent Guru 469 CPMCC S3 Volkswagen Golf MkI 2.0 8v of Paul van Wyk and Tania Vermaak also starting to find good rhythm.
Sakkie van Zyl and Henry Köhne retired for a second successive event when their rapid Shatterfix 477 CPMCC S2 Volkswagen Golf MkI 1.6i ran out of rear shockabsorber oil whilst the rapid Corolla of Keenand Sassman and Ian Thebus sheared the driveshaft bolts. Kevin Calvert and Brian Hoskins also forced to retire their KC Transport 436 WPMC S3 Volkswagen Golf MkI after the freshly installed 2.0 8v engine set all it’s horsepower free.
The famous watersplash just 1.5km into the 16.48km Poskantoor SS5 was expected to be a turning point on this event but with a 2min48 lead after the first pass Shaun Jones could simply cruise home for a sweet father and son result. Riyaan and Yaseen Amlay fell foul of the watersplash (again!) and dropped more than four minutes to allow both Winston Neethling and Paul van Wyk to move up the order.
The 13.52km Septemberskraal stage was the shortest of the rally but the most deceptive and no heroics was expected from anyone, not even from 10amp fuses! Unfortunately that is exactly what failed on the Advanced Asphalting 424 CPMCC S5 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4x4 Turbo 4x4 of Shaun Jones and Jason Thorpe and they retired from almost certain victory whilst Maj Pule Makola completed his second aerial display over the Porterville Showgrounds.
Owen Jones (19 years old) and Aden Bredenkamp (18 years old) confirmed that in order to retain dominance in Western Cape rallying you simply have to enter three Jones drivers! Cruising to a well deserved first overall victory the youngsters almost walked the Subaru though the Poskantoor watersplash on the second pass. Setting a new stnadrd as the youngest ever combination to win a rally in the region certainly kept Shaun smiling!
Somehow the Ramlay Builders 457 CCMCC S3 Volkswagen Golf MkIII GTi 2.0 8v of Seraaj and Ziyaad Amlay did not expire from a day of limit beyond it’s limits to record a very impressive second overall. Not even the Top Gear Hilux endured this much punishment in a single event!
Winston Neethling looked more exhausted than Bruce Fordyce at the Comrades finish having actually completed 124km of special stages behind the wheel of the sweetest sounding Howard Centre Motors 428 CCMCC Nissan Sentra 2.0 4x4. With Lyle Marais as navigator it was great to see this car finally deliver both reliability and pace. Now Winston can spent more time in the gym and less in his garage!
Fourth overall going to another resurgent combination. Paul van Wyk and Tania Vermaak sharing some personal emotion as the acciDent Guru 469 CPMCC S3 Volkswagen Golf MkI 2.0 8v reached Parc Ferme after eight stages.
Tania lost her grandmother to Covid-19 and family friend Loki (the Bully) who had been fighting cancer. With the effects of this pandemic scarring many families it was never the less very encouraging to see the level of enthusiasm and support the sport of rallying enjoyed in the Porterville community and as expected the public environment in which rallying takes place saw many present.
Observing Covid-19 protocols have become a part of normal life, but thankfully it does not mean we have to stop living. Respects to those fighting this scurge and a big thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of this rally. Landowners, organisers, SAAF, officials, controls, service crews and supporters alike. In no particular order F.T.Services Porterville, Marhslls Delicious Minerals, K&H Freight, Mikay Health, Die Hollandse Motor Specialists, Dynamic Plant Solutions, CEJ Plant Hire and Porterville Tourism deserves applause.
Riyaan and Yaseen Amlay was absolutely ecstatic in their Ramlay Builders 433 CCMCC S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6i when they succeeded in getting through the Poskantoor watersplash without stalling at their fourth attempt! Fifth overall considered damage limitation in the Four Cousins Trophy on this occasion.
Terry and Tyler Croy grew in confidence during the day and sixth overall certainly exceeded their expectations in the Race for Autism 448 CCMCC S3 Toyota Corolla RXi 1.6i. Warren and Matthew Köhler also well pleased to bring their popular (classic) rear wheel driven Köhler Pac 65 CCMCC S2 Toyota Corolla TRD 1600 home in seventh.
Liewe Lulu as always running consistently and eighth overall had Team 409 CPMCC S3 Volkswagen Golf MkIII 2.0 8v in high spirits as Julian Calvert and Nick Knights finished their second consecutive event.
Claiming the Lance & Rosemary Maytham Wooden Spoon award as the final classified finishers on the 2021 CPMCC Porterville Rally was Rupert en Pieter van Zyl in their Hollandse Motor Specialist 405 CPMCC S3 Volkswagen Polo 2.0 8v. They should have been sixth on stage times but an eleven minute penalty hurt. They somehow got away with 31minutes lateness and no poles were assassinated!
It will take some time for Shaun Jones to remove all the 10amp fuses from his Scoobie, Paul van Wyk will be spending some time planting the fence he rolled-up whilst Riyaan Amlay believes he has now finally plugged all the holes in the Corolla. The year might not be long enough for Seraaj to recover the incredibly tough Golf and Winston needs at least a few months in the Gym. Kesevan Naidoo will find the missing gears and another new engine will be built in the Groot Voël Paradys.
Well done to all!
Published by: Patrick Vermaak
Picture Caption: CPMCC S5 Owen Jones - Aden Bredenkamp - Subaru - 1st Overall (1)
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