Dreams do come true, and Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle will crew the newly acquired Wildcat Energy Drinks Toyota
Etios R4 in the Zambian Rally Championship. The announcement was made by their Sponsors, Wildcat Racing Team.
Botterill and Vacy-Lyle have been rallying in the Zambian Championship since mid-year 2018 in an S2000 Auris in the
Wildcat Energy Drinks livery. 2018 saw the South African Champions participate in the two final events of the Zambian
Championship, winning the second event overall.
Botterill’s 2019 Zambian Championship campaign start off with a win in the Auris S2000 ahead of Leroy Gomes in his
Ford Fiesta R5 on the opening round held in Ndola. Round 2 which was held in Lusaka in extremely sandy conditions
where Botterill finished 2nd behind Gomes.
Guy Botterill had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Oreca built R4 Etios at the Shakedown stage at the
recent Rally of South Africa, Round 2 of the FIA African Rally Championship.
“I drove it very respectfully, obviously Hergen Fekken had to do the entire Rally of South Africa with the car, but I was
blown away by the handling of the car. It is amazingly nimble and responsive, exactly as a rally car should be,” said
Botterill after the short test run in Sabie. “The brakes on the car were amazing and the car stops immediately when
brakes are applied, and has a huge amount of torque and you can get into fifth gear (top gear) and up to top speed in a
matter of seconds. The R4 is professionally built and is equipped with state-of-the art technology”.
The dream became reality at the conclusion of the Rally of South Africa, the same event that the R4 Etios had just won
“I could hardly even put my emotions into words, when the Wildcat Team came to me after the event and announced
that they had purchased the R4 and that we would contest the remainder of the season in the new R4,” said an elated
Botterill. “I am very honoured and grateful to the Wildcat Racing Team for this leap of faith in me, and for their continued
support,” he added.
The Oreca team who serviced for Hergen on the event, will now restore and prepare the R4 so that it is rally ready before
Wildcat Energy Drinks Team takes delivery of the R4.
“I can hardly contain my excitement, and cannot wait for the R4 to come down to Durban where we will then start
testing, and obviously I will have to get used to the left-hand drive, as well as the traction, handling and adjusting our
own pace at our own time. It will also give me a good idea as the team can compare times in sectors on the stage we
normally test on,” said Guy.
The Wildcat Energy Drinks Etios R4’s first outing will be at the 3rd round of the Africa Rally Championship Twapia, Ndola
Zambia in June.