Nashua Racing Sun City 400 summary

Nashua Mobile Racing team back on top The Nashua Mobile Racing team, participating in the Special Vehicle category of the Absa Off-road Championship, have regained the lead in the National Championship after achieving an excellent...

Nashua Mobile Racing team back on top

The Nashua Mobile Racing team, participating in the Special Vehicle category of the Absa Off-road Championship, have regained the lead in the National Championship after achieving an excellent second place overall at the recent Sun City 400, the fourth round of the National Championship.

Terence Marsh and Michael Whitehouse lead the Special Vehicle category after their maiden victory at the Nissan Dealer 400 in the Western Cape in April, but dropped to second place after failing to finish the grueling Toyota 1000 Desert Race held in Botswana last month.

The Nashua Mobile Racing BAT Spec-1 was the fifth Special Vehicle to tackle the first 115km loop of the Sun City 400 after a good incident free 49km qualifying session on the Friday. The first loop was a clean run with them keeping their race position although the communications system between Marsh and Whitehouse failed 20km from the end of the first loop. After the first loop, the system was replaced during the scheduled refueling pit stop and they started the second loop pushing hard, but after experiencing some overheating problems they backed off in order for the engine temperatures to recover.

They followed the same strategy for the last 115km loop as the BAT Spec-1 was still suffering from overheating as well as power steering problems. They finally finished this tough event second overall, scoring valuable points and thereby elevating themselves back to the top of the national championship.

"This was one of the best off-road routes we've raced for a long time," Marsh said. "The new route had something of everything and included rocky sections, fast sections, tight bushy sections as well as a dry river bed and several river crossings. It was tough, but fair and enjoyable!"

The next round of the championship is the Lesotho Sun 400 that will take place from 5 to 6 August 2005 in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.

-ET.Komm

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