Secunda thriller goes down to the wire


On the fast, flat stages of the area around Secunda, it came down to scant seconds between the two, as Poulter and Coetzee went into the 14th and final stage with a lead of just 1.2 seconds.

They won that final stage by exactly one second to take the rally by 2.2 seconds.

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Behind the two factory crews, Toyota Yaris privateer Ernie van der Walt, with new navigator Gerhard Snyman, got into a real ding-dong for third with Ford Fiesta crew Wilro Dippenaar and Kesevan Naidoo - who surprised everybody by winning Stage 1 - until the Fiesta's alternator cried enough after Stage 10, gifting Van der Walt a comfortable third, his best placing yet in a national rally, and Toyota a clean sweep of the podium.

Things kept going right for Toyota as defending champions Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle made it three wins in a row with a flag-to-flag victory in Class S1600 for front-wheel-drive vehicles with engines up to 1600cc. They also finished fourth overall, ahead of local heroes AC Potgieter and Tommy du Toit in a Volkswagen Polo R2, who were second in Class S1600, and Andrew Heine and Lloyd Brady, in another R2 Polo.

The rally proved very tough on cars - there were just nine finishers out of 21 starters.

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