GBS Nissan Racing Tarka race report

The GBS Nissan Racing team is the epitome of teamwork. The four car team comprises former Class D champions Hein Grobler and Gerhard Prinsloo, who are Klerksdorp based, husband and wife JP and Linda Augustin from Hartswater in the Northern Cape ...

The GBS Nissan Racing team is the epitome of teamwork. The four car team comprises former Class D champions Hein Grobler and Gerhard Prinsloo, who are Klerksdorp based, husband and wife JP and Linda Augustin from Hartswater in the Northern Cape Province, Coetzee Labuschagne and Johan Gerber and Free State farmer MC Coetzee and Marius Liebenberg all compete in single cab Nissan Hardbody pick-ups in Class D of the SA Off Road Championship for Production Vehicles...presented by Absa.

While there is much friendly rivalry among the four teams, who decided to pool their resources and form GBS Racing, there is also tremendous camaraderie and teamwork, above anything else, is the order of the day on all events.

This teamwork was aptly displayed on the recent Queen Motor Spares Tarka 400 when Grobler and Prinsloo retired on lap one with a broken left-hand front ball joint and had to stand by as the rest of the Class D championship contenders streamed past their stricken Nissan.

Teammates Labuschagne and Gerber were second in Class D after lap one and within striking distance of leaders, father and son Cliff and Louis Weichelt, when they too broke a ball joint on their Nissan.

They established, via two-way radio that Grobler and Prinsloo had suffered a similar fate and were stranded quite near them so they decided to limp along until they encountered their teammates.

The one GBS Racing Nissan had suffered left-hand ball joint and the other right-hand ball joint failure, which was quite fortuitous. After frantic activity the usable ball joint from the Grobler vehicle was removed and fitted to the Labuschagne Nissan, which allowed him and Gerber to continue to the finish after a delay of more than an hour.

The Augustin couple finished 17th overall and were followed in quick succession by Labuschagne and Gerber and Coetzee and Liebenberg to keep the GBS Nissan Racing flag flying high.

Despite not finishing in Tarkastad Grobler and Prinsloo are only four points behind the Class D championship leaders and quite capable of walking off with the championship title.

However, Labuschagne and Gerber are fourth in the Class D championship and, depending on how they fare on the remaining three rounds of the championship, they could well pull off an upset class championship win.

The Sun City 400, round six of the eight event SA Off Road Championship...presented by Absa, will be the acid test for the GBS Nissan Racing team and it's anyone's guess as to which of the four crews will end up on the podium...or stranded alongside the road waiting to help out one of their team-mates.

-masorcr-

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