Ermelo 400: Polaris weekend summary

BOESMAN GAVE POLARIS OUTLAW FIRST PODIUM FINISH IN SOUTH AFRICA Jacques "Boesman" Struwig gave the new Polaris Outlaw 525 its first podium finish in the South Africa national off-road quad championship when he finished third at the Ermelo Toyota...

BOESMAN GAVE POLARIS OUTLAW FIRST PODIUM FINISH IN SOUTH AFRICA

Jacques "Boesman" Struwig gave the new Polaris Outlaw 525 its first podium finish in the South Africa national off-road quad championship when he finished third at the Ermelo Toyota 400, the final round of the championship that took place this weekend in Mpumalanga.

Struwig finished the 360 kilometre race in third place overall with the 525cc KTM-powered Polaris Outlaw with its distinguishing independent rear suspension. The quad category was won by Hendrik Potgieter with the newly crowned champion, Shaun Gunther, in second place.

There was no time-trail to determine the starting order and starting positions for the Ermelo Toyota 400 and Struwig, racing for Polaris South Africa, started the race in eighth place according to a seeded system - four minutes behind the leader.

The Polaris Outlaw is ideal for the more technical sections and after the first 120 kilometres, he was leading the race. A flat tyre and a broken shock absorber mounting during the last 60 kilometres of the race cost him some time and he finished one minute 25 seconds behind Gunther.

This is the best result in the national off-road quad championship for the new Outlaw in South Africa - Struwig participated in two previous off-road events and the mean-looking 525cc Polaris Outlaw started showed its real colours.

The newly-crowned North-West Regions Off-road Quad Champion, Kiri Oberholzer, confirmed the Outlaw's abilities by finishing 14th overall and fifth in the Open Class with his Polaris. It was his first national off- road event for the season and he kicked dust in the eyes of various seasoned riders.

All the Polaris entries finished this gruelling event and claimed even more podium positions - Gavin Davies finished second in the Senior Class with his Outlaw which he acquired two days before the race while the 16-year old Polokwane scholar, Andre du Plessis, finished fourth in the Silver Cup Class. Steven Muller was 14th in the Silver Cup Class with a 500cc Outlaw.

-credit: zaracing.co.za

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