SA CREW AGAIN SETS THE PACE ON AFRICAN HERITAGE CROSS COUNTRY Polokwane, Friday -- A South African crew set the pace for the second day running on the African Heritage Cross Country, a round of the FIA Cross Country World Cup, which resumed at...
SA CREW AGAIN SETS THE PACE ON AFRICAN HERITAGE CROSS COUNTRY
Polokwane, Friday -- A South African crew set the pace for the second day running on the African Heritage Cross Country, a round of the FIA Cross Country World Cup, which resumed at the Ysterberg Oord near here today.
Yesterday it was the Century Property Development Nissan Navara, crewed by Mark Corbett and Juan Mohr, which set the quickest time on what is the first world championship off road race to be held in South Africa. With Corbett and Mohr running into mechanical problems today it was Mark Cronje and Chris Birkin, in the Castrol Toyota Hilux, who were quickest on the road.
The two South African crews, however, are not eligible to score points towards the World Cup. On this basis Hungarian crew Sandor Kis and Peter Czegledi, in the RTL Autosport Club Nissan Hardbody, were leading the event.
With Russian crew Sergey Shmakov and Konstantin Meshechekov also running into mechanical problems on today's second leg, the Hungarians are almost assured of overall victory when the event ends tomorrow. The RTL Zil Buggy driven by Shmakov and Meshechekov ran into gearbox problems with the pair forced to take a hefty penalty.
They will, however, rejoin the race tomorrow but have little hope of catching the Hungarian crew. Shmakov/Meshechekov currently lead Class T1 in the World Cup, and a finish in South Africa will put them in a powerful position to take the title.
On overall time Cronje and Birkin are around 13 minutes ahead of Kis and Czegledi. The Castrol Toyota factory crew are also competing in the Ford Motorite Limpopo 400, round four of the Absa Off Road Championship, which is being run in conjunction with the Africa Heritage Rally.
"We had a much better run today than on day one," said Cronje. "The route was a lot better and hopefully we can come up with a good result on the national."
Corbett and Mohr will also rejoin the national fray tomorrow along with two other SA crews in brothers Jan and Hendrik Kraaij, in the Keymax BAT, and Naeem Moosajee and Rahaan Bodhanya in the Tyre Rack Porter. The Kraaij brothers have gone along steadily to be 17 minutes behind Kis and Czegledi, while local Moosajee and Bodhanya have been plagued by mechanical problems throughout the two days.
The African Heritage Rally will restart early tomorrow, with the national event getting underway later in the morning. Both events will end at the Ysterberg Oord tomorrow afternoon.