Tens of thousands rally fans, fast cars and beautiful sun. All the ingredients were there on Sunday October 16 to start the second day of Rocar-Tech Twente Rally make success. The visitors managed to spend the whole day with a folding chair, beer and a good place in the meadow, cites RTV Oost. Many also had their phones ready to record all the violence of the meeting and the sound of roaring engines. “Good to see!” and so it was.
Nr10 Hans Weijs with a Skoda Fabia R5 Evo, won the 2022 championship during the final championship race.
Caution to the hasty people
The Rocar-Tech Twente Rally was the end of the 2022 season. All thoughts were on the fast guys, with Hans Weijs taking the crown for a great season. After a thrilling battle with Jim van den Heuvel, Weijs won the final race of the championship with the Skoda Fabia R5 Evo. At the age of 35, Hans Weijs Jr is the Dutch Champion for the first time. But another highlight was the History category, where Maikel Van den Noort took his first victory. The 27-year-old Opel driver took the lead immediately on Friday evening and his lead will not be threatened again. Indeed after the retirement of Wouter Koenderink, whose drive shaft broke on his beautiful BMW in the test at Twekkelo, Van den Noort was all but certain of the victory.
Nr107 Maikel van den Noort and Rene van den Noort, historic winners with their Opel Kadett C Coupe (HGT category)
The name of Peter and Denis Mangnus
Tom van Altena guided his VW Golf to an excellent second place in 337, with the triple fastest time bonus at the Arena in Hengelo. I hadn’t driven in a year. I really enjoyed this race and the round trip was good for Golf, said a happy Van Altena afterwards. Third place was taken by Marco and Zijon Geeratz, who briefly appeared to be heading for the podium, until things went wrong twice on Sunday morning. Peter and Denis Mangnus were allowed to celebrate the Dutch crown. On Saturday evening they unfortunately ended up in a ditch and everything seemed lost. But after a night of playing at Talbot Lotus, they were able to start again on Sunday morning. This time, father and daughter crossed paths, which were rewarded with the Dutch Historic title 2022, according to News United.
Historic Champion 2022: Peter Mangnus and Denise Mangnus with their stunning Talbot Sunbeam Lotus
Interesting starting point
But behind this leading group, an impressive starting field of historic rally cars was launched. KNAF could not have imagined in 2011 that after the first competition in 2011 of the newly established division of Historians, this would grow into the success it is today. Why such success? First think what cars are around in it: Audi Quattro, Lancia Delta, Opel Kadett and Ascona, Ford Escort, Mitsubishi Lancer, Subaru Impreza, Porsche 911 and so on. They are gems from the 70s and 80s and later, who turned out in large numbers at the beginning of this year to participate in the Dutch Historic Championships. But familiar names are also returning. Who does not remember the Dutch champions Jan van der Marel and Bruno van Traa from the 1970s, or the brothers Wim and Bart Luijbregts, or Henk Vossen. Jan van der Marel and Bruno van Traa were behind at the start of Twente for the first time since 2017 with Volvo 240. So Volvo can be added to the long list of Van der Marel, who for many years shared with Opel Ascona. I200 and 400, Sunbeam Lotus, Opel Manta 400, Opel Kadett GTE, Vauxhall Chevette HS, Ford Escort and Sierra Cosworth and various Porsche 911s. His return did not go to his liking, already after three attempts he had to do. give up. In 2021, former national champion Erwin Doctor also returned to this championship, he was this year Hellendoorn in the beginning. And of a later age is Kevin Abbring, former WRC Skoda and Hyundai factory driver and now on the road in rallycross, who won the Historic Class with Zion Geeratz in September with their Lancia Delta Integrale 16V at Hellendoorn Race 2022. so there is no shortage of history.
In short, good enough in a field that is only growing and has a wide variety of brands and types. That is quite special, because usually after several years the number of brands decreases because the same rally cars are chosen because of their proven speed and reliability. And surprisingly, interest is also growing among the younger generation of riders, the average age of Historians is falling! Organizer and participant Wouter Koenderink later: After a long time, we were able to organize the Twente rally as usual. After some problems starting at the beginning of the day, we had a great day in Hengelo. Along with the invited guests we enjoyed snacks and drinks, beautiful weather and of course the rally cars. I can only say that it was another successful edition of the Twente rally!
Nr4 Gert-Jan Kobus and Martin Nortier with Skoda Fabia R5 RC2
To give an idea of what will happen at the start of the Dutch Historic Rally, here is a graphic overview in order of the final results of the Rocar-Tech Twente Rally 2022:
Pos Nr Rijder Navigator Auto
1e 107 M . Van Den Noort R . Van Den Noort Opel Kadett C Coup
2 122 T. Van Altena G. From Altena VW Golf G60
3 101 AD. Geratz Z. Geeratz Lancia Delta HF Integral 16v
4 of 111 R. Kroot B. Janssen BMW 325i
5 of 115 J. Nolles J. Nolles Opel Ascona 400
6 of 117 M. Van Hoof P. Smets Ford Escort RS2000
7 of 118 J. Los M . Separate Audi Coupe S2
8 of 128 P. Pearboom A. Aaltink BMW E30
9 of 125 G. Stokermans W. Van Den Dijssel Ford Escort RS
10 of 130 T. Cornelissen J. Van Den Broek Victory TR8
11 of 124 L. Nuvelstin R. Carpenter Audi S2
12 120 M. Buitenhuis J. Country house Alfa Romeo Giulietta
13 of 133 S. Van Dongen B. Saab Cemetery 99 EMS
14 of 110 P. Mangnus D. Lotus of Mangnus Sunbeam
15 of 131 L. Lelifeld K. Weijers Rover P6 2000TC
The final standings of the Historic Rally of the Netherlands 2022, drivers:
The final standings of the Historic Rally of the Netherlands 2022, sailors:
A few more interesting History entries:
Nr116 Hank Melse and Bart den Hartog with Porsche 911 Carrera RS HGT
Nr96 Henk van de Kamp NLD Stefan Putman NLD Volkswagen Golf NC3
Nr61 Ger Rovers NLD Sander van Eekelen NLD Opel Adam R2 RC4
Nr106 Olaf Pothoven NLD Marvin Molenkamp NLD Ford Escort MK1 RS1600 HC3
Nr126 Jesse Buursma NLD Mark Schuitert NLD Opel Kadett HGT
Nr127 Sebastiaan Masselink NLD Mark Bent NLD BMW 320 E21 HC3
Nr112 Bert Valk NLD Maxine Vloedgraven NLD Opel Ascona HGT
Sit down, have a coffee and enjoy 35 minutes of Racing Lennart video of all the rally cars, especially the Historics, on the special stage 5 ‘Hoeve’ during the festival. Rocar-Tech Twente Rally 2022:
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