Botha ready for rally challenge
The talented race fanatic, Stefanie Botha, will compete in the 2011 Total Tara Rally. Stefanie, who grew up in a motor sport crazy family, is part of Team Total which is participating in the rally which started on Thursday, 17 November and will conclude on 19 November.
Botha’s big break to motor sports began with the Subaru GT rally car. “The Subaru GT rally car was my 21st birthday present. My best friend Marina Veiera-Lourens navigated for me and it was absolute chaos. Neither of us had any experience and we were hardly ever on the road. We had so much fun. Our rally ended against a tree in the 11th stage,” she recalls.
Even though she lost, Stefanie did not give up. With perseverance, she completed her first rally, the Total Tara Rally in 2007.
In 2008, Stefanie started competing in the regional championship in the Western Cape with her dad as a navigator and mentor. Stefanie and her sister grew up next to the racing track and rally roads and her love of fast cars comes from her father, Willem Hugo, who participated in various disciplines of the sport.
“It was the best place to be, with the roaring of the cars in your ears and dust between your teeth,” she said.
According to Stefanie, her best rally ever was the Toyota Gauteng Dealer rally in 2010, which she and her dad won.
On the 2011 Total Tara Rally, Stefanie said: “Well firstly I am simply excited to come back to Namibia. We have had an extremely unlucky year with no rally finishes. This is a very long rally and we hope to finish it, which will be an achievement in itself.”
In the meantime she encourages fellow drivers and navigators to never to give up.
“Motor sport is an extremely difficult, emotional and expensive sport. But everything happens at the right time. I am extremely honoured to have Total as my sponsor. They are very involved and help wherever they can and make it possible for me to compete in the Tarras this year. Thanks Total,” she said.
The Total Tara Rally is taking place at the SKW Sportsfields in Windhoek. This year big names in rally circles such as Cecil Koorts and Oscar Schombee, as well as Hanre Myburgh and Geon Ellis, are participating in the rally.
On 17 November the first cars left from SKW at around 19:45. On 18 November the racers leave Windhoek early on their way to Okahandja, Wilhelmstal and back to end at the Tony Rust Race Track for the famous special super stage at 20:00 on Friday evening. On Saturday, 19 November, spectators can once again enjoy the cars around tracks in Windhoek and at Tony Rust. The race will conclude at SKW at 14:30.