Jeep team jumps from Class T to Class F

The Jeep Off-Road Team has jumped ship. The team has withdrawn from Class T and will campaign in the new Class F for two wheel drive vehicles for the remainder of the Bankfin Off-Road Racing Championship. The Jeep will have its first outing in...

The Jeep Off-Road Team has jumped ship.

The team has withdrawn from Class T and will campaign in the new Class F for two wheel drive vehicles for the remainder of the Bankfin Off-Road Racing Championship. The Jeep will have its first outing in Class F on the Nissan Sugarbelt 400 in KwaZulu-Natal on May 10 and 11, with Franz Czepek Snr and Scott Abraham handling the driver/co-driver duties.

An ongoing problem with the front drive shafts of the American import has finally led to the decision to switch classes. Running in four-wheel drive configuration the Jeep has had a history of reliability problems, and it is hoped the change will bring about a change of fortunes for the team.

"Historically the Jeep has performed best in two wheel drive format," said vehicle owner Arthur Abraham. "Sarel van der Merwe has led events like the Barberspan 500, the Mmabatho 500 and the Nissan Sugarbelt 400 while running in two wheel drive.

"After weighing up all the pros and cons we took the decision to switch to Class F. The move will be a boost for the new class, and will hopefully bring about a change in our reliability record."

The Nissan Sugarbelt 400 is round two of the Bankfin Off Road Championship, with the Natal Off-Road Motor Club reporting that entries are pouring in for one of the major events on the KwaZulu-Natal motorsport calendar. An Expo at the Pietermaritzburg Showgrounds on May 9 and a Bankfin Sales Carnival at the Eston Farmers Club, where race headquarters will be located, will add a touch of spice to the event.

-msa-

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Series Other rally
Drivers Sarel van der Merwe