It took a rock on stage 1 of the Toyota Gauteng Dealer Rally that started this morning to stop Mark Cronje in a Team Sasol Ford Fiesta S2000 in his tracks. Cronje, one of the favourites to win the event after winning the first two rallies, apparently lost a rear back wheel after hiting a rock on the stage.
Jannie Habig Basil Read Ford Fiesta S2000
Jan Habig in a Basil Read Ford Fiesta S2000 came through the stage unscathed to set the fastest time of 19:02.3 for the 28km that was run next to the R22 higway in Kemptonpark.
Second was the Toyota Auris of Jean-Pierre Damseaux followed by Jon Williams in the other Team Sasol Ford Fiesta S2000.
A large number of the top runners suffered pounctures including Hans Weijs in a BP VW Polo, Johnny Gemmell Team Castrol Toyota Auris, Leeroy Poulter in a similar Toyota Hergen Fekken BP VW Polo and Enzo Kuun also in a Polo.
Only four of the five stages will be run today as stage 4 was cancelled yesterday.
Day one finishes at the Rallystar Academy later this afternoon with a super special.