Brian Joss – Guy Botterill may have been crowned as the 2019 South African National Rally Champion for the third year running at the previous round – but his navigator, Simon Vacy-Lyle hasn’t quite crossed the line yet.
This is a matter that the pair will aim to rectify at the upcoming penultimate round of the season, the 2019 TracN4 National Rally in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng.
“Simon missed one round, due to the birth of his daughter,” explains Botterill. “So, he’s just a few points short of winning the navigators’ title for 2019 – third place or better will be enough to seal the deal.”
With this in mind, the Toyota Gazoo Racing Etios crew will be attacking the penultimate round of the year with the same vigour as every other rally.
“The car had no damage after the previous round, but even so we’ve made sure it was thoroughly prepped for the upcoming rally. We’ve also done a little bit of testing so we’re confident that we’re in good shape for the weekend,” continues Botterill.
The pair have raced in the area around Bronkhorstspruit before, and are familiar with the mielie field layouts that are typical of the terrain. Even so, Botterill is realistic about the upcoming event: “We’d obviously like to wrap up the title for Simon, but at the same time, we don’t need to take undue risks at this point. We’ll just go at our normal pace, and see how the rally develops.”
The 2019 TracN4 National Rally will get under way at 3pm.
CAPTION: Navigator’s chance: Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle stir up the dust. Picture: Motorpress