Conrad Rautenbach is not leaving anything to chance and is targeting nothing short of victory ahead of the penultimate round in South African Rally Championship – the Toyota Dealer Cape Rally in Cape Town next weekend.
Rautenbach and his French co-driver Nicolas Klinger are just four points adrift of top position occupied by the South African Ford Fiesta pair of Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton.
The Volkswagen pair of Enzo Kuun/Guy Hodgson and the Toyota pair of Johnny Gemmell/Drew Sturrock, both from South Africa are also in hot pursuit of the championship as only 11 points separate the top four crews.
“Our only option is to go for it; I can’t take the easy option. We’ll be going out there to win, but so will at least half a dozen of the other guys.”
Rautenbach, who is in his second season in the South Africa Rally Championship (SARC), said his familiarity with the stages from last year’s experience would come in handy.
“At least this year I will have an idea which way the circuit goes. The gravel roads are very fast and fairly smooth with a number of contours and which are not particularly rough.”
“There are a couple of guys who are very quick on tarmac but they are not in the championship, so I will only push as hard as I need to against my direct rivals.”
“It’s going to be a hard fight, but we’re up for it. I’m not thinking about the championship, but rather taking this event as just another rally to go out and try our best to win it,” Rautenbach said.
Rautenbach and Klinger are competing in both the SARC and the FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) series and they lead the latter by 11 points and head directly from the Cape to Rwanda for round seven of the FIA ARC series.