INTRODUCTION

The 2017 Tour Natal Rally will be making a welcome return to the National Rally Calendar after a year long absence. The signature stages in the sugar cane fields have gained a reputation over the years of being both smooth and technical.  These have all been included in this edition.

 

The event will also kick off a new direction in SA Rallying where the R2 class cars will be the Premier formula. The Classic stages in Scottburgh will be complimented with Classic cars, and what better way than the newly introduced formula called Classic Rally South Africa. The class will encourage pre ‘85 cars to be showcased on the National circuit, bringing back nostalgia in its truest form.

 

To compliment the young guns in the National R2 class and the seasoned Classic cars, there will be the Open Class. It is a category created for previous rally cars and newly built rally cars that don’t comply with either of the above categories, to also compete in the National Rally Championship.

 

EVENT OVERVIEW

The stages are in very good condition, exactly as we’re accustomed to expect from the South Coast rally roads.

 

The NRC has gone through some extensive remodelling of events around the country to make them more compact whilst keeping the competition high and costs low. The event will be run over two days, being Friday, 11 March and Saturday, 12 March 2017.

 

Recce will be a single pass on Friday morning starting from about 08h30. It should take roughly 3 hours to complete the 5 stages. There will be a sign-on register at the first recce stage and all stages will becontrolled by marshals.

 

Service crews will be allowed to scrutineer the rally vehicles while the team are out on the recce.  This will take place at Scottburgh Country Club.

 

A drivers briefing and road position draw will take place at the Scottburgh Country Club followed by a poster signing and general interaction with the public at the Holding Area. All crews shoud be in race gear and we encourage you to bring material along for the public session.

 

Friday will start at 15h00. Crews will compete on the Invernettie stage and then on Drummdarroch followed by a remote service opposite the Drummdarroch stage. Thereafter the Invernettie stage will be repeated as the third and last stage of Friday. This will make the total stage distance on Friday 35km. Crews will head back to the Scottburgh Country Club for the Overnight Service. First cars are expected at 18h00. There will be no overnight Parc Ferme, thus cars will be decontrolled.

 

On Saturday morning ALL cars are to report back to the Pre Start Holding area by 08h00.

The day will kick off with a restart at 08h30 and head to Ellingham stage for a 25km wake up call.  Crews will return to the Country club, where all Saturday’s services will occur, for a 30 minute ‘splash and dash’.

 

Montevideo and Esperanza Stages will keep the crews on their toes as the second and third stages.  The three stages will be repeated again in the afternoon to make up the total distance for Saturday to 102km.

 

Podium celebrations will take place in the Scottburgh Country Club grounds at 16h00.

 

Entries will open soon

 

DETAILED SCHEDULE

 

Thursday, 02 March Closing date for entries
Friday, 03 March

 

List of accepted entries and scrutineering times published Jemba notes available

Roadbooks available on the closed area of www.sarallying.co.za

 

Monday, 06 March

 

Closing date for late entries

 

Wednesday, 08 March Closing date for Recce Registration
 

Friday 10 March

 
08h00 – 13h00 Reconnaissance, single pass (sign on at 1st recce stage)
08h00 – 14h00 Event administration at HQ, Scottburgh Country Club
10h00 – 12h30 Scrutineering (see service park layout to be circulated).

Please ensure all safety equipment is presented.

12h00 1st Stewards Meeting at Rally HQ
13h00 Vehicles into prestart holding area (not Parc Ferme)
13h10 Drivers briefing at Rally HQ

Compulsory for every competitor to attend, and in race gear

13h30 Road position draw

Poster signing and team promotion at rally cars in holding area

14h00 Publication of start list
15h00 Start of Tour Natal Rally – Day 1, Scottburgh Country Club
18h00 First car into DECONTROLLED Service, Scottburgh Country Club
18h15 2nd Stewards Meeting at Rally HQ
19h00 Publication of Partial Unofficial Classification at Rally HQ
19h30 Publication of Partial Official Classification at Rally HQ (subject to no protests)
19h45 Publication of start list for Day 2 on official notice board at Rally HQ and on NRC Virtual Noticeboard (excluding Regional entries)

 

Saturday, 11 March  
07h00 – 08h00 Regional Scrutineering/Super Rally Scrutineering in service area
07h00 – 08h00 Regional documentation
08h00 ALL competing cars into pre-start holding area
08h15 Publication of start list for Day 2 on official notice board at Rally HQ and on NRC Virtual Noticeboard (including Regional entries)
08h30 Restart of Tour Natal Rally – Day 2, Scottburgh Country Club
Approx 14h30 Finish of Rally

Final scrutineering checks – 10 minutes after each car

15h30 Final Stewards Meeting at Rally HQ
16h00 Podium prize giving
No later than 17h00 Provisional Final Classification (30 minutes protest time before they become final) to be announced at Rally Headquarters
30 minutes after provisional Final Official Classification subject to no protests being received

 

ACCOMMODATION

NRC highly recommends that we support a Rally Village Initiative whereby we can all have a social atmosphere and gather in a central location.

 

To fulfil this vision, NRC has block booked and paid for all the Log Cabins at Rocky Bay Resort at a very reasonable price.

 

Please support this initiative by booking your cabin with William Louw wlouw75@gmail.com.

 

Camping facilities are also available.

 

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