Through a sponsorship of Bank Windhoek, the Azurite rally in Tsumeb will continue to excite spectators with daring motoring skills of the country’s top rally drivers. The annual Azurite rally will take place on Saturday, 7 July in and around Tsumeb.
The rally will start at 08h30 at the Minen Hotel, while the first car will start the first stage at 08h35 from “Donkievlakte”.
The Bank Windhoek Azurite rally will again include sections where the public will have a good view of the action.
Four of the eleven stages will be the same, but in different directions. The open area next to Build It, known as “Donkievlakte” is accessible to the public, as spectators can either drive there or spectators from Noumstoub can walk there. This stage was specifically designed in such a way that spectators are treated to a lot of action.
The Masters that have entered will obviously try to spoil the party for the newcomers and the not-so-experienced riders, but it will be no push-over.
When handing over the sponsorship, the Branch Manager of the Bank Windhoek Tsumeb Branch, Johanna Strauss, said:
“Bank Windhoek is proud to be associated with one of the highlights of rallying in Namibia. Besides bringing excitement and sport to smaller towns in Namibia, Bank Windhoek shares in the qualities of this sport, namely team work, perseverance and tactical astuteness.”
Bank Windhoek will have a tent at the rally and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy refreshments at the tent. Spectators can get their maps of the lay-out of the rally at the Minen Hotel. The highlight of the day will be the SuperSpecial stage where two cars will be pitted against each other. This event will start at 10h00 at “Donkievlakte.”
One of the well-known drivers who will participate is Wilru Dippenaar. Although Wilru is an experienced driver who also competes in the National Championships in South Africa, he can expect tough competition from Dick Cornelissen.
Other competitors include five times champions Richard Himmel and Adolf Botes, the 2010 champions Hannes Arangies and Aisha Franz and Willie Dames and Jaco Wiese.
The prize giving will take place at 15h30 at the Schutzenplatz in Tsumeb.