Bankfin Off Road Championship Nissan victorious on Caledon 400. The Nissan Motorsport team emerged victorious on the Caledon 400, round 6 of the Bankfin Off Road Championship, held in the Dewetsdorp area this past weekend. Veterans Hannes ...
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Nissan victorious on Caledon 400.
The Nissan Motorsport team emerged victorious on the Caledon 400, round 6 of the Bankfin Off Road Championship, held in the Dewetsdorp area this past weekend.
Veterans Hannes Grobler and Richard Leeke picked up their second overall win of the season in the Nissan Hardbody when they stormed across the finish line 5 minutes and 10 seconds ahead of Class T championship leaders Neil Woolridge and Kenny Skjoldhammer, who had a trouble free run in the Ford Racing Ranger.
Brothers Laurence and Gerhard du Plessis finished 3rd overall and won the special vehicle category for the third consecutive time after a flawless drive in their Mobil Jimco. Interestingly this is the same vehicle in which Atang Makgekgenene won the Barberspan 500.
Apie Reyneke and Robin Houghton were 4th overall and 3rd in the Production vehicle category in the Castrol Toyota Land Cruiser.
Special Vehicle championship leaders Greg Harvey and Boy Stone finished 5th overall and 2nd in the Special Vehicle category in the Queen Motor Spares Jimco.
Class S championship leader Greg Daus and co-driver Archie Rutherford finished 6th overall and third in the Special Vehicle category in the Nashua Mobile Raceco.
Cliff Weichelt and Johan Smalberger finished 7th overall and third in Class T after starting 53rd in the N1 4X4 Ford Ranger. They failed to complete the Prologue after the automatic gearbox on the Ford cried enough.
Eighth overall and the Class D win went to Mark Corbett and Juan Mohr in the Century Property Developments Isuzu.
Championship contenders Piet Haasbroek and Christo Bosch had a torrid time in the Castrol Toyota Land Cruiser. A persistent misfire and two punctures dropped them down the order and they had to be satisfied with 9th overall and 2nd in Class D. Henri and Maurice Zermatten finished 3rd in Class D in the Playstation Mitsubishi Pajero.
Cliff Barker and Vic Campher rounded out the top ten in the Barker Performance Products Land Rover. Barker was unable to participate in the Prologue and was forced to start 68th.
Manfred Schroder and Jack Peckham in the Ford Racing Ranger kept their championship hopes alive by winning Class E ahead of Neels and Zelda van der Walt in the Nissan Hardbody and Gawie and Elaine van Deventer in the N1 4X4 Toyota Hilux.
Reigning Production Vehicle champions Giniel de Villiers and Francois Jordaan qualified their Nissan Hardbody on pole in the 50km Proloque and were the favourites to win the event. However, an onboard fire caused by an electrical short circuit robbed them of their comfortable lead and a broken clutch later forced them into retirement.
Production Vehicle championship leaders Duncan Vos and Mike Griffiths had matters well under control in Class D until their Nissan Hardbody developed front suspension problems and forced them into their first retirement this season.
Only ten Special Vehicles completed the event and in Class B there was just no stopping Marcus Taylor and Marc de Chalain in the B Truck Time JRE. The KwaZulu Natal pair stormed to their fourth consecutive class win and have emerged as serious contenders for the Special Vehicle championship crown.
Reigning Class B champion Giel Nel in the Luk Afrika Truggy had to be content with 2nd place in Class B.
Husband and wife duo, Gert and Lucille du Plessis, who are the proud parents of the Special Vehicle category winners and have a combined age of 113 years finished 3rd in Class A.
Only 30 of the 66 starters managed to finish what was a very demanding event.