Nashua Mobile Racing Sugarbelt summary

First success for mew Nashua Mobile Racing Team. What a race - the Nissan Sugarbelt 400 off-road race held this weekend in the Eston area in KwaZulu-Natal! The new Nashua Mobile Racing Chenowth, powered by a 3,5 V6 ...

First success for mew Nashua Mobile Racing Team.

What a race - the Nissan Sugarbelt 400 off-road race held this weekend in the Eston area in KwaZulu-Natal!

The new Nashua Mobile Racing Chenowth, powered by a 3,5 V6 twin-turbo Mitsubishi engine and piloted by Greg Daus together with navigator Archie Rutherford, caught the attention of spectators and competitors at this race, the second round of the National Off-road Championship for Special Vehicles.

The results in Class A of the category for Special Vehicles will show that Daus and Rutherford finished 4th overall in the race and was the 2nd vehicle in it's class, but the real race report proves to be an interesting one - one of chasing, racing in the leading vehicles dust and not be able to pass.

Daus and Rutherford was the 4th special vehicle to start the off-road race in thick mist and their plan was to take it easy - it was the powerful Chenowth's first time out fitted with a new engine and in the hands of Daus and Rutherford. They got ou twice to check out strange noises and to make sure everything is still fine, and they had to get out twice to change a flat tyre.

Then, at the start of the last of three 130km loops, the Nashua Mobile Racing team was 11 minutes behind the leading special vehicle, Gerald Mundell and Billy Bond, but they were catching up quickly and 60km into the loop, they were only 39 seconds behind this team - and still making up time when they raced in the dust of the leading team.

Because of the narrow racing roads between the sugarcane fields, passing was quite an impossible task and despite their best efforts, they had to eventually settle for the 2nd position.

But the Nashua Mobile Racing team is happy about this result after their first outing in the new vehicle fitted with an all-new racing engine still in need of some more development.

"I was racing with a smile on my face most of the time," Daus explained after the race. "The vehicle is awesome and the engine is just so powerful. From now on it can even get better."

The other Nashua Mobile Racing team, Terence Marsh and Trevor Ahier in their Class A Jimco, powered by a supercharged V6 Mitsubishi engine, is still in it's development phase and could unfortunately not finish the race.

The Nashua Mobile Racing teams race with the support of their partners, Cargo Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Cell C, Castrol and Nike, and Fitness Innovation Technologies (FIT).

The next race on the National Off-road Racing calendar, is the Toyota 1000 Desert race (12 - 14 June 2003) in Botswana, the event Daus won last year.

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