Road Review – Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

The Mitsubishi Pajero has been an evolution of longevity with tweaks and upgrades almost an annual occurrence in between major styling revisions – the latest version of the Pajero Sport coming less than a year after the major revise of 2017.


However, it was not all that long ago while standing with a Mitsubishi engineer in the sand dunes on the West Coast he emphatically dismissed my question about the Pajero getting electronic switching between two and four-wheel drive, stating “… our customers are dedicated off-road enthusiasts and demand the manual method…”

Oh yes Mr Bob Dylan, how the times have changed.

Now sporting that electronic switching and driving through an 8-speed automatic gearbox, the Pajero has shifted massively left-field to join the ranks of the luxury SUV class, often a phantom zone filled with very expensive and highly capable vehicles living out their lives never having served the purpose for which they were designed.

As an off-roader, the Pajero has a formidable history with 12 Paris-Dakar wins under its belt including seven consecutive titles – this going back to its first victory in 1985. However, the story starts long before then when Mitsubishi introduced the world’s first passenger vehicle with full-time four-wheel drive, the PX33, in 1933.


The immensely capable off-roader – that has appeared in short, standard and long-wheelbase formats – is often grossly underestimated but I am not truly convinced by this latest 7-seat format.

Not that the seating configuration interferes with its ability, but purely a personal dislike for the format – the two rearmost seats are just for tiny tots and take up valuable luggage space, with those removable regularly gathering dust in a garage.

Obviously, there are intrepid travellers who really need that seating space at the back and, naturally, the provision is there for them, but it reduces luggage space to 193 litres. With the rear seats folded flat this increases to 813 litres.

With this latest iteration – and a contender in the Auto Trader SA Guild of Motoring Journalists Car of the Year competition – the designers improved the Pajero Sport’s safety by adding ISO-FIX child seat anchors and added a seventh air bag for the protection of the driver’s knees.

The Pajero Sport’s styling is described as ‘distinctive’, ‘energetic’ and ‘striking’. Vehicle design and styling follows trend patterns across all brands whether or not the actual designers like – or care to admit – it and completely in spite of what the marketing brochure says.

Viewed from the side, the shark nose of the Pajero may be great in terms of its improved departure angle but it loses something, I believe, the older and squarer vehicles had going for them – namely the fact the driver could see both front corners, knowing there was nothing ahead of them to worry about.

The current design ticks all the necessary boxes in terms of improved aerodynamics and the saving in fuel that comes with more slippery shape, around 8,1 l/100 km compared to the figures from earlier versions that hovered around the 9,0 l/100 km mark.

LED driving lamps with auto levelling and DRLs, including a headlamp washer for the 4WD version, are standard features, while a LED high-mounted rear stop lamp on the tailgate provides additional safety.


In line with its Pajero heritage, it boasts double wishbone coil springs with a stabiliser bar in the front and multi-link suspension with stabiliser bar in the back. The quiet drive, thanks to its strong ladder-frame design, which absorbs all levels of NVH, gives the new Pajero Sport a big sedan car-like ride and handling.

Another massive advantage is its turning circle of just 11,2 m (as opposed to between 11,6 m and 12,2 m for some other premium SUVs).

Soft-feel leather seats make the long haul a pleasure and provide ample support when going donga-diving and the driver seat is electrically adjustable. The second row of seats offers a 60:40 split with tumble, reclining and sliding function with a centre armrest and cup holders.

The third row of seats folds flat into the floor to minimise intrusion into the cargo space when not in use.

Passenger comfort is improved with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel with paddle shifts, rear park distance control with a rear-view camera, dual automatic air-conditioning with rear passenger temperature controls and an electric parking brake.

Other standard features include a keyless operating system with electronic start function, multi-function leather steering wheel with audio and cruise control, Bluetooth with hands-free voice control and foldaway electric door mirrors incorporating turn indicators.

Standard built-in safety features include Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC), anti-lock braking, EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), BAS (Brake Assist System), Brake Override System and seven air bags (Driver, Driver’s Knee, Passenger, Seat and Side Curtains). Hill Descent Control and the new electronic Off-Road Mode Control add additional safety benefits.


The latest version is still powered by the 2,4-litre MIVEC turbo-diesel engine producing 133 kW at 3 500 r/min and 430 Nm of torque at 2 500 r/min, driving the wheels through its 8-speed automatic transmission with Intelligent Shift Control.

As an example of good things that keep getting better, the latest version of the Pajero Sport is just that bit more refined without losing its core abilities – and taking this vehicle off the beaten path is worth every minute as it tackles just about any obstacle in its path with aplomb.

On the road, it drives and handles like a sedan with the advantage of the extra view from the raised seating position. It has less body roll in tight corners than one might expect and the steering is both true and provides excellent feedback to the driver.

I am not entirely convinced an 8-speed gearbox is absolutely necessary, although this spread of ratios does help with both fuel consumption and overall noise reduction.

It is the kind of car that deserves a lot more time than we had while it was in the test fleet.



New date for SA WRX

The South African – and final round – of the 2019 World Rallycross Championship has been moved to the beginning of November in a reduced calendar for next season.


Following an FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in Saint Petersburg, Russia recently, World Rallycross Championship managing director Paul Bellamy announced a revised 2019 WRX calendar, which has effectively been reduced from 12 to 10 rounds.

As early as October the decision had been made the Portuguese round at Montalegre, Vila Real, had been dropped, to be replaced by a new season-opening ‘away fixture’ at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi, while the German round at Estering would become a European championship-only standalone event.

The 11-round season was planned to end with the World Rallycross of Cape Town at Killarney International Raceway on November 30 and December 1, to accommodate the Killarney Motor Show on the first Sunday in November and the Toy Run on Sunday, November 24.


Now, however, the United States round at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on September 28 and 29 has been downgraded to a round of the American Rallycross series, “which World Rallycross teams will be welcome to compete in, but it will not be part of the World Championship”, says Bellamy.

“After consulting with the FIA and our World Championship teams we have decided to reduce the number of events in our 2019 calendar. This decision has been made to help control costs for the teams and ensure the series remains as competitive as possible. We are planning the return of the World Championship to the United States in 2021, when we add electric cars.”


The World Rallycross of Cape Town at Killarney International Raceway has also been moved forward to the weekend of 9/10 November. This has had a knock-on effect, forcing the Western Province Motor Club to move its premier Killarney Motor Show up to October 27, just two weeks before the World Rallycross event.

On the upside, however, it has become possible to include an additional, ninth round of the Regional Power Series sponsored by Wingfield Motors on November 30, to provide an even more action-packed year for Western Cape motorsport fans.


FIA World Rallycross Championship 2019:
1. Abu Dhabi – Yas Marina – 5/6 April
2. Spain – Catalunya – 27/28 April
3. Belgium – Spa-Francorchamps – 11/12 May
4. Great Britain – Silverstone – 25/26 May
5. Norway – Hell – 15/16 June
6. Sweden – Höljes – 6/7 July
7. Canada – Trois-Rivières – 3/4 August
8. France – Lohéac – 31 August/1 September
9. Latvia – Riga – 14/15 September
10. South Africa – Cape Town – 9/10 November

Motorcycle mayhem at Killarney

On the face of it, it is pure insanity –  an eight hour endurance race for lightweight single cylinder motorcycles on a tortuously twisty karting circuit with 13 corners in just one kilometre.

Yet, after 35 years, the annual ‘8 Hour’ is now the longest running event on the Killarney International Raceway calendar, attracting entries from around South Africa and, indeed, the world, featuring competitors of international stature, up to and including former Grand Prix riders.


It was first conceived in 1983 as a two-hour end of season experiment by the Clerk of the Course at the time, Jimmy Coggs, to see whether the modified 60cc two-strokes raced on the Formula K circuit in those days could stand up to being run long enough for pit stops, strategy and pace to become a factor. They could, but the race very soon became a two hour sprint; the only strategic element was how to make the compulsory pit stops as quick as possible.

So it rapidly grew in length to four, six and finally the current eight hour format; but it is still an day-long sprint race with the top teams’ average lap times only a few tenths of a second off those recorded in qualifying.

With the advent of superb high-tech 150cc single-cylinder four-stroke engines in motorcycles such as the Indian-made Yamaha R15 and Suzuki GS150 R, the Indonesian-sourced Kawasaki Ninja 150 and in particular the Thai-built Honda CBR150, these have taken over from the more temperamental two-strokes in recent years, although a few die-hard ‘smokers’ are still entered each year.

The 8 Hour is now open to motorcycles with four-valve heads of up to 155cc, and with two-valve heads up to 200cc. The engine, carburettor, frame and electrical system must be standard; the alternator and electric starter must be working. Wheels, tyres, exhaust systems and rear shock absorbers, however, are free.

Bikes with two-stroke engines of up to 85cc (including motocross motors made before 2007) are also eligible; their engines, gearboxes and frames may be modified, wheels and tyres are free.


Teams must have from two to four riders, each of whom should be at least 13 years old on the day of the race, although provision has been made for riders between the ages of 11 and 13, at the discretion of the organisers, provided that they have at least two years’ proven race experience in the junior or similar classes. Some of these pre-teen riders, it must be said, are so small they make a 150cc motorcycle look like a superbike – and they seem to have no trouble keeping up with the ‘grown-ups’!

Topping the entry list for the 2018 8 Hour is British-based Jonny Towers, CEO of the RST bikewear brand, who has been a member of the winning team in 10 previous editions of this event, most of them at the helm of his own RST ‘dream team’. Towers has yet to reveal the line-up for this year, but his ultra-professional team set-up always attracts top national and international talent. As always, No.17 will be the bike to beat.

Not that he will have it all his own way; Mad Macs has entered a two-bike ‘dealer team’ on Kawasaki 150 Ninjas, the first for top regional superbike contender (and former short-circuit champion) Trevor Westman, along with Wesley Jones, Powersport king JP Friederich and multiple former SA Superbike champion Greg Gildenhuys. The second Ninja will be shared between Masters’ heroes Rob Cragg (a former regional title-holder) and Jacques Ackermann, along with David Enticott and Brandon Storey.


Also lined up for 15 December is the Fueled Racing CBR150 of Slade van Niekerk, Bernard Haupt, Jean-Baptiste Racoupeau and Chase Hulscher. Van Niekerk and Haupt recently rode this machine to victory in a one-hour race on the Half Main and this team must be seen as a threat to the established stars, as is the all-teen Otto Racing team of Chris Wright, Ricardo Otto and World Supersport 300 racer Dino Iozzo.

Other entries of note are the Ellis brothers, Michael and David – the only two-man entry – who seem totally immune to fatigue and always give a good account of themselves, as well as the HSC Racing team of cousins Nicholas and Brad Hutchings, Jarryd Butler and Abigail Bosson, the daughter of multiple 8 Hour winner the late Chris Bosson and Martie Bosson, herself a veteran of numerous 8 Hours.

The ultimate veteran, however, is former Class A racer John Craig, who has competed in every edition of this race since its inception in 1983; this year he will share the No Rush Racing CBR150 with Jimmy Pantony and Gerrit Visser Snr, in a team with a combined age of 166 years – and that doesn’t include the bike!

Only two two-stroke entries have been received thus far; the first, based on a Yamaha TZR50 chassis with custom-built inverted front suspension by Martin Paetzold and a Yamaha YZ80 motocross engine, has been prepared by veteran two-stroke tuner Adrian van der Merwe, who will share it with Malcolm Steyn and Steve Thurling. Another TZR50/YZ80 is a group effort from Jannie le Roux, Schalk Pretorius and Andre Kotze – and there are rumours of a very quick Honda CR80 powered machine as well.

Entry is R80 for adults, R20 for scholars under 16 and free for kids under 12. The gates open at 7.30am on race day, qualifying starts at 9am and at 9.35am the top 10 qualifiers will go out again for a five-minute Superpole session to determine the starting order at the sharp end of the field.

The race will get underway with a traditional Le Mans start, in which the motorcycles are lined up in their qualifying order along the east side of the back straight, and the riders line up against the tyre barrier on the west side, approximately 50 metres away.

When the flag drops at exactly 10am, the riders sprint across to their bikes, hit the starter button – and eight hours of utter mayhem ensues. Nearly all the motorcycles will be crashed at least once, many several times; a number will undergo major surgery in the pits, either for crash damage or mechanical failure. Nevertheless, all but a handful will still be running when the chequered flag comes out at 6pm, some without a shred of bodywork, others held together by faith and duct tape.


As in all endurance contests, everyone who makes it to the finish is a winner; when you see their faces in the pits at the end you’ll understand why they keep coming back year after year for this truly unique motorsport challenge.

Road Review – Suzuki Jimny 1.5 GLX

Nice is one of those interesting words that dot themselves about the English language and is both overused and under-appreciated as well being able to be said in a complimentary, sarcastic or a derogatory tone and, as Jane Austin wrote in ‘Northanger Abbey’ back in 1803…”Oh! It is a very nice word indeed! It does for everything.”

I shall be using it in the nicest possible way.

The Suzuki Jimny is nice.

Giving new models a retro look has worked for some automakers – read BMW’s MINI – and not as well for others – the VW Beetle – so deciding to go this route is quite a brave step and, considering the third generation Suzuki Jimny had a monster 20-year lifecycle, an even braver one.


Some 2,85-million Jimny’s were sold in 194 countries since its launch in April 1970 through to September 2018 and is a tough act to follow for the new model that looks like a cross between a Mercedes-Benz G Wagon and a Land Rover Defender – more proper SUV, a whole lot more determined and, well, nice.

The first Suzuki-branded four-wheel drive, the LJ10 (Light Jeep 10), was introduced in 1970 and had a 359 cc, air-cooled, two-stroke, in-line two-cylinder engine. The liquid-cooled LJ20 was introduced in 1972 and in 1975; Suzuki complemented the LJ20 with the LJ50, which had a larger 539 cc, two-stroke, in-line three-cylinder engine and bigger differentials.

The Jimny8/LJ80 was an updated version of the LJ50 with an 800 cc, four-stroke, in-line four-cylinder engine, followed by the Jimny 1000/SJ410 and Jimny 1300/SJ413 – and the looks of the latest version pay homage to the looks of those original models.

The new model has the same upturned front fenders, round headlamps and round orange indicators of the LJ Series and the side slits in the clamshell bonnet of the SJ Series. The upright grille is reminiscent of the previous generation’s Jimny (1998 – 2018) and the SJ Series.

The design of the new Jimny has been rewarded through a Good Design Award for combining styling features with practical application – in colder climates the flat surfaces and thin windowsills make it very easy to offload snow. In all conditions, the upright A-pillars and clamshell bonnet help increase spatial awareness and overall visibility and the longer roof over the upright windshield helps to shield the driver from direct sunlight. Nice.

More applicable for overland enthusiasts are the angled front and rear bumpers that not only keep them out of the way of rocks and shrubs, but also increase the approach and departure angles. The front bumper design also exposes more of the tyre tread on a horizontal plane for greater climbing capability in rocky off-road conditions.

At the rear of the vehicle, Suzuki designers have moved all the lights into the horizontal rear bumper, which has allowed them to create a wider rear door, for increased practicality.


The spare wheel is fitted to the rear door for easy accessibility, while also freeing up space underneath the luggage floor and allowing for an improved departure angle. Lastly, the moulded bumpers and wheel arches keep painted surfaces far away from rocks, and the squared off design allows for more wheel travel.

The dashboard is designed in three horizontal layers and act as visual reference of the horizontal plane when driving off road and it incorporates an assist-grip and cell phone tray on the middle level and a glove box on the lower level.

In front of the driver, the retro theme continues with the tachometer and speedometer housed in separate square binnacles. This is another hat tip to the SJ Series and, in the new Jimny, these instruments are always illuminated.

The upholstery is comfortable but hard-wearing, and the moulded dashboard features hard-wearing resin with a mix of a repeating line pattern and, on the lower parts, the same type of grippy texture as on a professional DSLR camera body.

The instrument panel housings have been finished in a brushed metal finish and the door handles have been enlarged for easy operation.


Most significant is the wide body means you do not need to have intimate knowledge of the passenger and a couple of large blokes can sit side-by-side without constant contact.

The backbone of the new Jimny’s remains the ladder frame chassis. In the new model, Suzuki’s engineers have added a patented cross member, the Suzuki X-member, between the two rigid axles.

The X-member consists of two diagonal cross members that further strengthen the chassis. This helps to limit body flex in serious cross-axle off-road driving and creates a platform for the fitment of the body and the underbody parts. As an additional benefit, the additional torsional strength has improved the Jimny’s on-road driving dynamics and overall crash safety.

The X-member is supported by the addition of two extra horizontal cross members. The first is located just behind the front wheels and under the gearbox bell housing and the second links the furthermost two points of the ladder frame under the rear bumper.

It also features a rigid axle suspension system. Rigid axles greatly improve serious off-road capabilities, as they mechanically force one wheel down if the opposite wheel is raised from the ground. Furthermore, the axle system prevents the nose from diving under speed, which is a boon when driving in dunes.

The rigid axles are connected to the wheels with three links – a lateral rod on each wheel and two leading (on the front) and trailing (on the rear) arms. Suzuki has strengthened the axle housings by 30% and has added a steering damper to the front suspension to limit steering wheel kickback and vibration on rough terrain.


The new Jimny replaces the push-button selection between 2H (rear-wheel drive), 4H (4WD high gear) and 4L (full low range, 4WD) with a shift lever that is directly connected to the transfer gear and can switch between 2H and 4H on the fly at speeds of up to 100 km/h.

The system is greatly enhanced by Suzuki’s Brake Limited Slip Differential and electronic stability control systems. The Brake LSD-system adjusts torque to the wheel with grip if another wheel on the same axle starts spinning. The system has an extra-power mode, which kicks in below 30 km/h in low-range mode for the best possible traction.

Brake LSD is supported by Hill Hold Control and Hill Descent Control, which are standard on all models.

Better off-road ability comes via an approach angle of 37 degrees (35 degrees on the previous model), a departure angle of 49 degrees (46 degrees on the predecessor) and a breakover angle of 28 degrees (previously 27 degrees).

Fuel consumption on a combined cycle is claimed at 6,3 l/100 km for the manual model I had on test but the overall achieved – including a fairly demanding off-road section – came to 6,9 l/100 km.

On the manual gearbox, Suzuki has reworked the shift lever and gear selector to offer a more direct shift feeling and the new selector system is mounted partly to the ladder frame and partly to the gearbox. It works, and the shifts were slick and true.

All versions of the Suzuki Jimny have air-conditioning, power steering and the complete ALLGRIP PRO 4×4 system with Brake LSD, ESP, Hill Hold Control and Hill Descent Control. The GLX models get climate control, power windows and mirrors, Auto LED projector headlamps, remote central locking and cruise control.

The GLX models are also fitted with Suzuki’s Smartphone Linkage Display Audio (SLDA). This double-DIN audio system has a 7” infrared-touch screen with Android Auto, Apple Carplay and MirrorLink integration.


The GLX model is standard with a 4-year / 60 000 km service plan and a 5-year / 200 000 km mechanical warranty.

Despite the fact it always looked to fall over, the off-road ability of the previous generation was legendary and the new version takes this to a nice new level. The wider stance and overall look simply exude confidence and in the off-road park, it quite easily played with all the bigger boys’ toys – sometimes easily outperforming them on the technical stuff.

It is a runabout and fun vehicle – long hauls on the highway are not all that comfortable in spite of the improvements to the seating.

All in all, it really is a nice vehicle.

WRX – up close and personal

Tickets for the Gumtree World Rallycross of South Africa at Killarney Raceway in Cape Town on the November 24/25 are rapidly selling out – but, for those who cannot get tickets or make it to the circuit there is a chance to get up close and personal.


The RX Supercars will be making a quick stop at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on Thursday, November 22. They will drive in convoy from the back of the Table Bay Hotel and park in the Amphitheatre near the Big Wheel where fans can get a look at the cars and interact directly with the drivers.

It all gets going at 11:00, and it is going to be a sight to behold: metal glistening in the warm summer sun, engines roaring through the streets, rubber burning, tyres screeching.

Petter Solberg will be there, as well as French legend Sebastien Loeb, Mattias Ekstrom, Kevin and Timmy Hansen, Andreas Bakkerud, our very own Ashley Haigh-Smith to mention a few.

“We see this as the precursor to a fantastically fast weekend,” says Claire Cobbledick, General Manger of Gumtree. “The parade will contain all the energy, excitement and power that is going to set the track alight on Saturday and Sunday and, against the majestic natural backdrop that is Cape Town, it is not to be missed. We urge all fans to be there.”

The good news does not stop – and local racer, Ashley Haig-Smith has been confirmed as an entry in the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires, joining 15 other drivers for its 2018 season finale in Cape Town.

Ashley Haig-Smith 2

Although best known for his rallying exploits, having competed in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship – the only South African driver to have done so – and made history as the youngest-ever South African S1600 Champion, Haigh-Smith does have some rallycross experience under his belt. He made his debut in the discipline in last season’s inaugural World RX of South Africa at Killarney International Raceway with Olsbergs MSE.

Twelve months on, the 26-year-old – a Capetonian born-and-bred – is set to return to the fray, but this time in RX2, World RX’s official feeder series. Having caught the rallycross bug, he has struck a deal with Finnish outfit SET Promotion to take the place of Simon Syversen, who has vacated his seat in order to focus his preparations on 2019.

“I can’t wait to get back out on-track for the RX2 season finale in Cape Town,” says Haigh-Smith. “Last year’s event was epic, and it was a real honour to be a part of it. I’m really looking forward to representing South African motorsport and going head-to-head with the current cream of the RX2 crop – there are some extremely talented drivers in the field so it will certainly be a tough challenge, but I love a challenge!

“I need to thank Andreas Eriksson from Olsbergs MSE for the support he has shown me and especially Ian Davies for putting me in contact with Jussi Pinomäki from SET Promotion, who I am looking forward to working with next weekend. I’m passionate about proving that South African drivers can truly excel on the international stage, so hopefully I can go out there and really give the home fans something to cheer about!”

“It’s fantastic to have Ashley joining SET for the final round of RX2 in South Africa,” echoed SET Promotion Team Principal, Pinomäki. “The opportunity for him to drive with us came about because Simon has decided to skip the event as he focusses on his programme for 2019.

“The fact that Ashley has already raced at Killarney in World RX will help him to get up-to-speed more quickly than if everything was new to him. Our two regular RX2 drivers Sami-Matti Trogen and Jami Kalliomäki will go to Cape Town having shown good pace this season, and we will use that experience to help Ashley at his home event. If last year is anything to go by, he will receive huge support from the fans.”

Top racers confirmed

Eighteen of the world’s top rallycross drivers and nine different marques will be making the trip to Cape Town for the start of the Gumtree World Rallycross of South Africa at Killarney Raceway on November 24/25.


Kids under 12 are free, and there is loads of off-track entertainment, such as the majestic Silver Falcons Air Show and the Monster Energy Rig.

Current World Champion Johan Kristoffersson, who drives a factory-developed Volkswagen Polo Supercar for Team PSRX Volkswagen, tops the entry list. The Swede currently tops the 2018 Championship Leaderboard, intent on defending his 2017 title.

Compatriots Robin Larsson of Olsbergs MSE, Mattias Ekström of EKS Audi Sport, Timmy Hansen of Team Peugeot Total and his brother Kevin of Team Peugeot-Hansen are also in the mix, ensuring Sweden maintains a strong presence on the Cape track.

French legend Sebastien Loeb of Team Peugeot Total is the world’s most successful rally driver and will be looking to add to the six podiums he took in 2017, but he will have stiff competition at Killarney from Latvian champion Janis Baumanis of Team Stard and the highly experienced Russian Timur Timerzyanov of the GRX Taneco Team. All three are currently neck-and-neck in this year’s top 10.


Kristoffersson’s racing partner, Norwegian Petter Solberg will also be here, as will fellow countryman Andreas Bakkerud of EKS Audi Sport and the rising young Finn Niclas Grönholm of GRX Taneco Team.

Making up the rest of the pack are GC Kompetition drivers Guerlain Chicherit and Anton Marklund, ALL-INKL.COM Munnich 77 drivers Timo Schedier and Rene Munnich, Gregoire Demoustier of Sebastien Loeb Racing, Oliver Bennett of Oliver Bennett and Kevin Eriksson of Olsbergs MSE.


On Thursday, November 22 the World Rallycross Parade makes its way from the back of the Table Bay Hotel to the Amphitheatre at the V&A Waterfront where drivers, including Kristoffersson, Loeb and Solberg, will be signing autographs at a special meet and greet.
Official Drivers Entry List
# Driver                           Nat   Car                                                     Competitor                  Nat
1 Johan Kristoffersson SWE VW Polo R PSRX                               Volkswagen Sweden SWE
4 Robin Larsson            SWE Ford Fiesta                                         Olsbergs MSE             SWE
5 Mattias Ekstrom         SWE Audi S1 EKS RX quattro                  EKS Audi Sport           SWE
6 Janis Baumanis          LAT Ford Fiesta                                          Team Stard                  AUT
7 Timur Timerzyanov RUS Hyundai i20 GRX                                Taneco Team               FIN
9 Sebastien Loeb           FRA Peugeot 208 WRX                               Team Peugeot Total  FRA
11 Petter Solberg          NOR VW Polo R PSRX                                 Volkswagen Sweden SWE
13 Andreas Bakkerud NOR Audi S1 EKS RX quattro                     EKS Audi Sport          SWE
21 Timmy Hansen       SWE Peugeot 208 WRX                                Team Peugeot Total  FRA
36 Guerlain Chicherit FRA Renault Megane RS                              GC Kompetition         FRA
42 Oliver Bennett        GBR Mini Cooper                                           Oliver Bennett          GBR
44 Timo Schedier         DEU Seat Ibiza                                              ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport                                                                                                                                  DEU
66 Gregoire Demoustier BEL Peugeot 208                                   Sebastien Loeb Racing FRA
68 Niclas Gronholm    FIN Hyundai i20 GRX                                 Taneco Team               FIN
71 Kevin Hansen         SWE Peugeot 208 WRX                              Team Peugeot-Hansen SWE
77 Rene Munnich         DEU Seat Ibiza                                             ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport                                                                                                                                  DEU
92 Anton Marklund  SWE Renault Megane RS                                        GC Kompetition FRA
96 Kevin Eriksson     SWE Ford Fiesta                                                Olsbergs MSE          SWE


Win one of two sets of double tickets to the

WRX Final at Killarney on November 25/26

Note: This competition is open only to Cape Town residents

Answer the following question and email your response to – the first two correct answers drawn will each win a General admission weekend pass; Standard Tickets valued at R430 (Includes Paddock Entry) both Saturday and Sunday.

Winners will be notified by return email.

Your reply must have a valid email address and include your name, physical address and contact number.


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