Tarka: Supervan misses out on off-road swansong

A twist of fate has robbed Sarel van der Merwe of the opportunity of ending his off-road racing career on the Queen Motor Spares Tarka 400, round 7 of the Bankfin Off Road Championship, in the Eastern Cape on November 1 and 2. Supervan was to...

A twist of fate has robbed Sarel van der Merwe of the opportunity of ending his off-road racing career on the Queen Motor Spares Tarka 400, round 7 of the Bankfin Off Road Championship, in the Eastern Cape on November 1 and 2.

Supervan was to have shared the O'Hagan's/Kopanong Hotel Superteam Jeep with Scott Abraham. The penultimate round of the Vodacom Power Tour has, however, been switched to AA Kyalami on November 2 and van der Merwe will be at the Midrand complex to oversee protégé Johan Fourie trying to wrap up this year's Wesbank V8 championship for the Sasol Supervan Racing squad.

"I am disappointed at missing out on a final off-road fling in the Jeep, but missing the AA Kyalami event is out of the question," said van der Merwe. "Fourie has the chance of wrapping up a championship I won last year, and I want to be there when it happens.

"Being a team owner has its ups and downs, but hopefully I'll crack a drive in the Jeep in the final event of the year in the Carnival City Casino 400."

Abraham will now share driving duties in the Jeep with veteran Stratford Voogt with the 21-year-old equally disappointed at van der Merwe's withdrawal. "Sarel has seen me grow up and it would have been nice to be a part of his off-road farewell," said Abraham.

The youngster is excited, however, at making his debut as the youngest driver to have competed in Class T. He prepares the Jeep and has previously sat alongside father Arthur, who owns the vehicle, Sarel van der Merwe, brothers Paolo and Claudio Piazza-Musso and Voogt.

"Stratford is a good teacher and the old man is an extremely bad passenger," said the younger Abraham. "It came as no surprise when he opted out when it was decided I would finally get to drive the Jeep in a race.

"I'm looking forward to it, and hopefully we will pick up a good result."

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Series Other rally
Drivers Sarel van der Merwe