Motoring enthusiasts from across the country are
bracing themselves for an exhilarating weekend at the
Sasol Rally, which kicks off on 19 April in Mpumalanga.
Celebrating its 21st year, the Sasol Rally is the premier
event on the South African rally calendar and is the
second leg of the African National Championship.
Team Sasol Rally has two cars participating in
the event. The first is piloted by Mark Cronje and
navigated by Robin Houghton who won the first leg in
the Tour Natal in March. In the second car, is Jon
Williams and navigator Cobus Vrey. Both teams will be
competing in the S2000 Class and they will use Sasol
Turbo Fuel and Techno Oil in all the stages.
According to Alan Cameron, Managing Director of
Sasol Oil, the Sasol Rally is a great family event that
offers thrills for all ages. The stages of the rally
are designed to provide superior spectator points,
allowing the public to experience the rally up close.
"We're excited for this year's event as
the competition has the best rally drivers and teams
participating. The Sasol Rally is open to all and I
urge the Mpumalanga community to come and watch the
cars in action."
Sasol has been involved in motorsport since 1962
and is regarded as one of the pioneers in the
development of racing fuels in South Africa. It
continuously undertakes advanced research and
development at its Fuels Application Centre in
Muizenberg, Cape Town, to provide the South African
market and Team Sasol with products suited to local
"The rally's extreme conditions test
Sasol's products to the limit where proven
technology meets high performance. We work closely with
our fuels research facility and the University of Cape
Town and this relationship ensures we have the best
fuels and oils for South African conditions,"
The Sasol Rally consists of 19 stages, made up of
three tar, 15 gravel stages, and the not to be missed,
super special stage taking place at Spaghetti Junction
in the Nelspruit CBD on Saturday morning at 07h45. In
this stage two equally matched rally cars will, in a
spectacular show of power and skill, race
simultaneously to the finish line.
The rally will see thousands of enthusiasts
descend upon the Nelspruit, White River and Sabie
areas. The influx of people will make a significant
contribution to the local economy.
"Without the support and partnership with
the Mpumalanga Provincial Government, the Local
Municipality and York Timbers we would not be able to
stage an event of this magnitude. The well being of the
communities is important to us and we want to ensure
that we make a lasting difference," said
Sasol will be donating a mobile library unit,
equipped with 600 books to Rob Ferreira High School,
while White River Primary School will be receiving
Sasol Blue Boxes, which contain science equipment,
early literacy reading books and science education
The Sasol Rally kicks off with scrutineering and
safety checks in Sabie on Thursday, 19 April with
plenty of laid-on entertainment for enthusiasts and
families alike. The hardcore action starts on Friday,
20 April at 10h00 from Sabie's Market Square, and
ends at the Nelspruit Show Grounds on Saturday, 21
April with the first cars due from 16h00.