New 'Superteam' formed for off-road season

A new 'Superteam' has been formed to do battle in the remainder of this year 's Bankfin Off-Road Championship. Leading competitor John Weir-Smith and motorsport stalwart Arthur Abraham have joined forces to form a squad which will run under ...

A new 'Superteam' has been formed to do battle in the remainder of this year 's Bankfin Off-Road Championship.

Leading competitor John Weir-Smith and motorsport stalwart Arthur Abraham have joined forces to form a squad which will run under the O'Hagan's / Kopanong Hotel banner. The 'Superteam' will field entries in Classes A and S in the Special Vehicle category, and Classes T and F in the Production Vehicle category.

The O'Hagan's / Kopanong Hotel 'Superteam' will have its first outing on the Nissan Sugarbelt 400 in KwaZulu-Natal on May 10 and 11. Weir-Smith and Tony George will campaign the Jimco BMW in Class A, and highly experienced Richard 'Ouboet' Carolin and Geoff Minnitt in a Raceco Porsche in Class S.

In the Production Vehicle category Franz Czepek Sr. and Scott Abraham will run a Jeep Cherokee in Class F. The Jeep has been switched from Class T to Class F and will now run in two-wheel drive format.

From the Toyota 1000 onwards Kopanong Hotel managing director Andre Botha will more than likely compete in Class T in an FIA T3 spec vehicle that competed on the Dakar Rally in 2000 and 2001. Details of the vehicle will be released later.

The O'Hagan's / Kopanong Hotel 'Superteam' has taken over facilities previously occupied by BMW Motorsport in the Kyalami Business Park, and will operate with significant product, services and technical support from a number of organisations. These include Goodyear, Chicago Pneumatic, Castrol, Afrox, Hausberger and Associates Insurance Brokers, Namibia Breweries -- Tafel Lager and DGB -- Red Heart Rum.

"The formation of the 'Superteam' is a significant development in the Bankfin Off Road Championship," said O'Hagan's chairman Weir-Smith. "With the influx of manufacturer support for off-road racing, the sport has become hugely professional.

"Abraham and I decided it was the right route to go in forming a team that would operate on a highly professional level in terms of vehicle preparation, promotions and support services. We have the vehicles, the crews, the technical personnel, the facilities and the support services to compete successfully in the various classes in which we have entered."

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Series Other rally
Drivers Tony George