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2006 Zimbabwe Rally Results


CONRAD RAUTENBACH ROMPS HOME TO VICTORY IN ZIMBABWE CHALLENGE RALLY
JUNE 26 2006

Young Zimbabwean Conrad Rautenbach secured victory on his home event this weekend, dominating the FIA African Championship scoring Dunlop Zimbabwe Challenge Rally.
21 year old Conrad, who began his rallying career on this very event in 2001 by finishing a highly commendable 7th overall, achieved one of his dreams when he emulated his father, Billy Rautenbach, by winning his home event outright in 2005.
Conrad was keen to defend his title this year, and took advantage of the break in the Junior World Rally Championship to return home to compete once more.
Using the same Subaru Impreza with which he had taken victory in 2005, Conrad, along with his highly experienced British co-driver David Senior, began as they meant to continue, by winning the opening 7.5km spectator stage by 4 seconds.
Saturday consisted of 124 tough and gruelling stage kilometres but Conrad attacked the day with gusto, winning the first 4 stages in a row as his car performed faultlessly. Stage 5 was the longest of the entire rally at 59 kilometres and was also one of the more technical, demanding complete accuracy in the notes. The pair blitzed the stage, and despite a minor excursion into the undergrowth about half way through, and the loss of brakes 4 kilometres from the end of the stage Conrad still set the fastest time, an astonishing 2 minutes quicker than any one else!
This ensured that the pairing entered the third and final day with a very healthy 8 minute lead over fellow Zimbabweans Jamie White and Phil Archenoul, driving a Mitsubishi Evo 6, whilst the reigning African champion Muna Singh was a further 1 minute 45 seconds further back in his Subaru Impreza.
Day 3 was all about maintaining his advantage and despite a spin in one stage Conrad still set 7 fastest stage times, ending the rally with a 10 minute advantage and 18 out of 19 stage victories!
When I won my home event last year I was over the moon, but to win it for the second year in a row is incredible. The car performed faultlessly throughout and David and I thoroughly enjoyed the rally. It might not be the 4 day marathon that my Dad won back in the early 1990's but it is certainly still a 'challenge'!
Conrad now returns to the UK to begin preparations for round 2 of the 2006 Tesco 99 Octane British Rally Championship, the all tarmac Jim Clark Rally in Scotland.
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ZIMBABWE CHALLENGE RALLY - report at the end of the rally
JUNE 25 2006

Conrad Rautenbach won his second consecutive Dunlop Zimbabwe Challenge Rally on Sunday, almost 10 minutes ahead of fellow Zimbabwean Jamie Whyte and 12 minutes ahead of third-placed Muna Singh of Zambia.
The 44th Challenge Rally was Rautenbach's from the time he started the three-day event on Friday afternoon (June 23). He took an early lead in the opening super special stage with a time of 5 minutes 21 seconds on the 8km tar and gravel route around Donnybrook Park in Harare. On Day two, the rough roads of the Norton area west of Harare proved no major challenge to him, although he had a slight mishap and struck a tree stump, causing damage to the bodywork of his Subarau Impreza, but not to the engine.
Day three saw him maintain his strong lead in the farming area just outside Harare's north-western suburbs, ending with a closing super special stage at Donnybrook that saw him beat his own time from Friday down to 5 minutes and 6 seconds, a course record.
Conrad follows the footsteps of his father, Billy, a five-time Challenge champion in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The young Zimbabwean is this year a competitor in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship, having earned two [podium finishes already in only his second year in the series. He has been rallying since he turned 16, five years ago, and his intention is to reach the highest levels of international competition.
The 2006 Dunlop Zimbabwe Challenge Rally was judged a major success, with a record 12 foreign teams taking part in addition to 17 Zimbabwean entries. The field of 29 on day one was reduced by only four vehicles by the close, with several fall-outs having taken the superally option that allows a re-start the day after.
Entries that failed to finish included the two Ugandan competitors, Riyaz Kurji and Emmanuel Katto, who both went out with engine failure in the first section of leg two, as well as Nambia's Diederick Cornelissen (an accident) and Zimbabwe's Kevin Cooper (shock absorbers).
Zambia sent four entries - Muna Singh, Rammy Singh, Paul Monge and Raju Saran - while two Belgians competing in this year's FIA African Rally Championship took part - Patrick Emontspool and Guy Ernst.
South Africa's only representatives were the 'rally chicks' team of sisters-in-law Lola and Megan Verlaque. After four Challenge rallies in which they failed to finish, this year was the lucky break they needed and the pair stormed to sixth place overall and enthusiastic acclaim from fellow competitors and spectators. Kenya's Azar Anwar took part (10th position), as did Namibia's Richard Himmell (13th).
The rally proved disappointing for Zimbabwe's principal FIA African Rally Championship hopeful, Richard Robinson, who had been third in the standings of this year's continental series, but who finished at 23rd place.
News release - 2006 Dunlop Zimbabwe Challenge Rally
June 24 2006 END OF SECOND LEG

Zimbabwe’s Conrad Rautenbach maintained his strong lead of the 2006 Dunlop Zimbabwe Challenge Rally today (Sat June 24), emerging 8 minutes and 11 seconds ahead of second-placed Jamie Whyte, a compatriot in the country’s premier motorsport event.

 

Rautenbach and co-driver David Senior handled the rough roads of the Norton area west of the capital, Harare, extremely well and although at one point they damaged their Subaru Impreza when they hit a tree stump, they never lost their firm grip of the lead.

The two Ugandan entrants both went out with mechanical problems but will resume competition on Sunday morning under Superally rules, which allow competitors to re-start the event but not to qualify for titles. First out on Saturday morning was Riyaz Kurji, followed soon after by Emmanuel Katto, both driving Subaru Imprezas. Also out today were Namibia’s Diederick Cornelissen in a Toyota Corolla and Zimbabwe’s Kevin Cooper in a Subaru WRX.

After a chilly start in the fresh wintry morning, the 29 starters headed from rally headquarters at Donnybrook Park to Norton, where today’s stages took them in and around the forestry estates of the area. The day turned warm and the action continued apace and ended after a final stage at Donnybrook with Rautenbach leading, followed by Whyte in second place and Zambia’s Muna Singh in third position.

Sunday sees a start at Westgate shopping mall in the north-west of the capital, followed by several stages on surrounding peri-urban farms before heading back to Donnybrook for a closing super special stage and a ceremonial finish.

Results after Leg 1 - Dunlop Zimbabwe Challenge 2006

Pos Car No Driver/Co-driver Nat FIA Seed Gr Cl Vehicle Total Stage Time Penalties Total Time Diff Leader Diff previous car
1 2 RAUTENBACH, CONRAD
SENIOR DAVID
ZW
UK

N4 SUBARU IMPREZA 2:24:51 0:00:00 2:24:51    
2 7 WHYTE, JAMES
ARCHENOUL, PHILLIP
ZW
ZW

N4 MITSUBISHI EVO 6 2:33:02 0:00:00 2:33:02 0:08:11 0:08:11
3 1 SINGH, MUNA
SIHOKA, DAVID
ZM
ZM

N4 SUBARU IMPREZA 2:34:47 0:00:00 2:34:47 0:09:56 0:01:45
4 18 GREEN, CRAIG
EXTON, MIKE
ZW
ZW

N4 MITSUBISHI EVO 4 2:35:37 0:00:00 2:35:37 0:10:46 0:00:50
5 6 EMONTSPOOL, PATRICK ROBERT, ALAIN B
B

N4 SUBARU IMPREZA 2:36:24 0:00:00 2:36:24 0:11:33 0:00:47
6 17 VERLAQUE, LOLA
VERLAQUE, MEGAN
ZA
ZA

N4 SUBARU IMPREZA 2:37:48 0:00:00 2:37:48 0:12:57 0:01:24
7 16 WHYTE, SHAUN
WRIGHT, BRENDON
ZW
ZW

N4 MITSUBISHI EVO 6 2:39:11 0:00:00 2:39:11 0:14:20 0:01:23
8 15 ERNST, GUY
BRUCK, BENOIT
B
B

N4 SUBARU IMPREZA 2:40:47 0:00:00 2:40:47 0:15:56 0:01:36
9 9 WATSON, JESS
MILNER, DAVID
ZW
ZW

N4 MITSUBISHI EVO 4 2:40:49 0:00:00 2:40:49 0:15:58 0:00:02
10 14 SINGH, RAMMY
ISMAIL, GARY
ZM
ZM

N4 SUBARU IMPREZA 2:41:48 0:00:00 2:41:48 0:16:57 0:00:59
11 4 ANWAR, AZAR
KHAN, IMRAN
EAK
EAK

N4 MITSUBISHI EVO 6 2:44:04 0:00:10 2:44:14 0:19:23 0:02:26
12 11 MONGE, PAUL
THORNICROFT, RAY
ZM
ZM

N4 SUBARU IMPREZA 2:44:19 0:00:00 2:44:19 0:19:28 0:00:05
13 22 HIMMEL, RICHARD
BOTES, ADOLF
N
N

A6 TOYOTA COROLLA 2:45:16 0:02:00 2:47:16 0:22:25 0:02:57
14 19 BRANT, ANTHONY
TASTARD, MICHAEL
ZW
ZW

A7 FORD ESCORT 2:51:06 0:00:10 2:51:16 0:26:25 0:04:00
15 20 SARAN, RAJU
MTUMBI, GOMA
ZM
ZM

N4 SUBARU IMPREZA 2:52:42 0:00:00 2:52:42 0:27:51 0:01:26
16 23 BOND, CRAIG
ROWLEY, TONY
ZW
ZW

A6 TOYOTA COROLLA 2:56:18 0:00:10 2:56:28 0:31:37 0:03:46
17 25 FLACK, GARY
WHITE, ERIC
ZW
ZW

N2 TOYOTA COROLLA 2:56:34 0:00:20 2:56:54 0:32:03 0:00:26
18 29 BERKAU, NICHOLAS
DANBY, EDWARD
ZW
ZW

A6 TOYOTA COROLLA 2:59:45 0:00:40 3:00:25 0:35:34 0:03:31
19 30 ATTWELL, CHASE
DAWE, GARETH
ZW
ZW

N2 TOYOTA COROLLA 3:15:13 0:02:10 3:17:23 0:52:32 0:16:58
20 33 GREEN, CLAYTON
STEAD, GREGORY
ZW
ZW

S16 FORD BANTUM 3:17:06 0:03:30 3:20:36 0:55:45 0:03:13
21 31 PETERS, CARL
THORNICROFT, MALCOLM
ZW
ZW

S10 DAIHATSU SIRION 3:21:50 0:02:30 3:24:20 0:59:29 0:03:44
22 24 GILBERT, TREVOR
KEATES, DARRIN
ZW
ZW

S11 MAZDA FAMILLIA 4:43:25 0:00:00 4:43:25 2:18:34 1:19:05
23 5 ROBINSON, RICHARD
SCHREIBER, COLLIN
ZW
ZW

N4 MITSUBISHI EVO 6 5:28:32 0:02:00 5:30:32 3:05:41 0:47:07
24 28 MACKAY, GORDON
SKINNER, MILES
ZW
ZW

S12 TOYOTA LEVIN 5:44:50 0:05:20 5:50:10 3:25:19 0:19:38
25 34 PARSELL, RONALD
EBRAHIM, BRONWYN
ZW
ZW

S16 TOYOTA HILUX 6:07:15 0:00:00 6:07:15 3:42:24 0:17:05
R 8 KATTO, EMMANUEL
MATOVU, MOSES
EAU
EAU

N4 SUBARU IMPREZA   0:00:30      
R 3 KURJI, RIYAZ
KADRI, SAYED
EAU
EAU

N4 SUBARU IMPREZA          
R 27 CORNELISSEN, DIEDERICK
SKUTSCH, GUNTHER
N
N

A6 TOYOTA COROLLA          
R 26 COOPER, KEVIN
GOBEY, SCOTT
ZW
ZW

N4 SUBARU WRX      


FIRSTDAY ONE
June 23 2006
Zimbabwe's star motorsport personality Conrad Rautenbach made a spirited start to his defence of the Dunlop Zimbabwe Challenge Rally title with a commanding lead on day one of the 2006 running of the country's premier motorsport event.
Twenty-one-year-old Rautenbach made a point of coming home to Zimbabwe to take part in this year's Challenge, an event he won last year as the youngest person to do so since it was first run in 1962. He is at present entered in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship and has already achieved a podium finish in one of the legs of the series, so is increasingly considered one of Africa's best international motorsport prospects.
In day one's super special stage at Donnybrook Park in Harare he took the lead with the fastest time on the 7,5km tar and gravel route around Donnybrook. He managed a time of 5 minutes 21 seconds, which was four seconds ahead of nearest rival Riyaz Kurji of Uganda. Rautenbach and co-driver David Senior of Britain made no mistakes and, spurred on by a supportive and jubilant crowd of spectators, they stormed to the finish line ahead of the pair of cars with which they were team up in the super special stage, in which three cars race at a time.
Kurji and co-driver Sayed Kadri managed 5 minutes 25 seconds, while third place went to Zimbabwe's Jamie Whyte and Phil Archenoul in a time of 5 minutes 29 seconds. Another Zimbabwean pair, Jess Watson and David Milner, were placed fourth with a time of 5 minutes 30 seconds.
A total of 29 vehicles started the 2006 Dunlop Zimbabwe Challenge Rally, including 18 from Zimbabwe, four from Zambia, two each from Uganda, Namibia and Belgium and one each from South Africa and Kenya.
The top three drivers on the standings of this year's FIA African Rally Championship are entered in the Challenge, including Kenya's Azar Anwar (first in the standings with 15 points), Belgium's Patrick Emontspool (14) and Zimbabwe's Richard Robinson (12). Anwar managed 13th place on day one of the Challenge, while Emontspool took 11th position and Robinson went to 26th after suffering a two-minute penalty for a jump start.
Day two sees the field move to the country roads around Norton, west of the capital, Harare.

Results after Leg 1 - Friday 23rd June 2006 (Donnybrook super special)

 

Pos Car No Driver/Co-driver Nat FIA Seed Gr Cl Vehicle Total Stage Time Penalties Total Time Diff Leader Diff previous car
1 2

RAUTENBACH, CONRAD
SENIOR DAVID

ZW
UK

N4 SUBARU IMPREZA 0:05:21 0:00:00 0:05:21    
2 3 KURJI, RIYAZ
KADRI, SAYED
EAU
EAU

N4 SUBARU IMPREZA 0:05:25 0:00:00 0:05:25 0:00:04 0:00:04
3 7 WHYTE, JAMES
ARCHENOUL, PHILLIP
ZW
ZW

N4 MITSUBISHI EVO 6 0:05:29 0:00:00 0:05:29 0:00:08 0:00:04
4 9 WATSON, JESS MILNER, DAVID ZW
ZW

N4 MITSUBISHI EVO 4 0:05:30 0:00:00 0:05:30 0:00:09 0:00:01
6 1 SINGH, MUNA
SIHOKA, DAVID
ZM
ZM
** N4 SUBARU IMPREZA 0:05:35 0:00:00 0:05:35 0:00:14 0:00:05
7 17 VERLAQUE, LOLA
VERLAQUE, MEGAN
ZA
ZA

N4 SUBARU IMPREZA 0:05:35 0:00:00 0:05:35 0:00:14 0:00:00
8 16 WHYTE, SHAUN
WRIGHT, BRENDON
ZW
ZW

N4 MITSUBISHI EVO 6 0:05:36 0:00:00 0:05:36 0:00:15 0:00:01
9 18 GREEN, CRAIG
EXTON, MIKE
ZW
ZW

N4 MITSUBISHI EVO 4 0:05:42 0:00:00 0:05:42 0:00:21 0:00:06
10 15 ERNST, GUY
BRUCK, BENOIT
B
B

N4 SUBARU IMPREZA 0:05:43 0:00:00 0:05:43 0:00:22 0:00:01
11 6 EMONTSPOOL, PATRICK
ROBERT, ALAIN
B
B

N4 SUBARU IMPREZA 0:05:44 0:00:00 0:05:44 0:00:23 0:00:01
12 14 SINGH, RAMMY
ISMAIL, GARY
ZM
ZM

N4 SUBARU IMPREZA 0:05:44 0:00:00 0:05:44 0:00:23 0:00:00
13 4 ANWAR, AZAR
KHAN, IMRAN
EAK
EAK

N4 MITSUBISHI EVO 6 0:05:47 0:00:00 0:05:47 0:00:26 0:00:03
14 19 BRANT, ANTHONY
TASTARD, MICHAEL
ZW
ZW

A7 FORD ESCORT 0:05:47 0:00:00 0:05:47 0:00:26 0:00:00
15 26 COOPER, KEVIN
GOBEY, SCOTT
ZW
ZW

N4 SUBARU WRX 0:05:56 0:00:00 0:05:56 0:00:35 0:00:09
16 11 MONGE, PAUL
THORNICROFT, RAY
ZM
ZM

N4 SUBARU IMPREZA 0:06:00 0:00:00 0:06:00 0:00:39 0:00:04
17 28 MACKAY, GORDON
SKINNER, MILES
ZW
ZW

S12 TOYOTA LEVIN 0:06:00 0:00:00 0:06:00 0:00:39 0:00:00
18 24 GILBERT, TREVOR
KEATES, DARRIN
ZW
ZW

S11 MAZDA FAMILLIA 0:06:03 0:00:00 0:06:03 0:00:42 0:00:03
19 27 CORNELISSEN, DIEDERICK
SKUTSCH, GUNTHER
N
N

A6 TOYOTA COROLLA 0:06:04 0:00:00 0:06:04 0:00:43 0:00:01
20 25 FLACK, GARY
WHITE, ERIC
ZW
ZW

N2 TOYOTA COROLLA 0:05:56 0:00:10 0:06:06 0:00:45 0:00:02
21 20 SARAN, RAJU
MTUMBI, GOMA
ZM
ZM

N4 SUBARU IMPREZA 0:06:09 0:00:00 0:06:09 0:00:48 0:00:03
22 8 KATTO, EMMANUEL
MATOVU, MOSES
EAU
EAU

N4 SUBARU IMPREZA 0:05:42 0:00:30 0:06:12 0:00:51 0:00:03
23 30 ATTWELL, CHASE
DAWE, GARETH
ZW
ZW

N2 TOYOTA COROLLA 0:06:17 0:00:00 0:06:17 0:00:56 0:00:05
24 34 PARSELL, RONALD
EBRAHIM, BRONWYN
ZW
ZW

S16 TOYOTA HILUX 0:06:40 0:00:00 0:06:40 0:01:19 0:00:23
25 23 BOND, CRAIG
ROWLEY, TONY
ZW
ZW

A6 TOYOTA COROLLA 0:06:44 0:00:00 0:06:44 0:01:23 0:00:04
26 5 ROBINSON, RICHARD
SCHREIBER, COLLIN
ZW
ZW

N4 MITSUBISHI EVO 6 0:05:34 0:02:00 0:07:34 0:02:13 0:00:50
27 31 PETERS, CARL
THORNICROFT, MALCOLM
ZW
ZW

S10 DAIHATSU SIRION 0:07:45 0:00:00 0:07:45 0:02:24 0:00:11
28 22 HIMMEL, RICHARD
BOTES, ADOLF
N
N

A6 TOYOTA COROLLA 0:05:47 0:02:00 0:07:47 0:02:26 0:00:02
29 29 BERKAU, NICHOLAS
DANBY, EDWARD
ZW
ZW

A6 TOYOTA COROLLA 0:07:53 0:00:10 0:08:03 0:02:42 0:00:16
30 33 GREEN, CLAYTON
STEAD, GREGORY
ZW
ZW

S16 FORD BANTUM 0:08:08 0:00:00 0:08:08 0:02:47 0:00:05
 
 
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