FAMILY AFFAIR AT SUN CITY 400 Some familiar faces return to the scene at the Sun City 400, round four of the Absa Off Road Championship, in the Pilanesberg on July 16 and 17. Former champions Cliff and Louis Weichelt have their first outing of...
FAMILY AFFAIR AT SUN CITY 400
Some familiar faces return to the scene at the Sun City 400, round four of the Absa Off Road Championship, in the Pilanesberg on July 16 and 17.
Former champions Cliff and Louis Weichelt have their first outing of the season in Class D, brothers David and Gary White return to Class P after a break from racing and reigning Class E driver champion Jannie Visser makes his first appearance of the season - as a navigator. The return of the Weichelt's, the Whites and Visser also serves to again highlight the fact that off road racing is a family orientated sport.
The Weichelt's are one of 12 father/son combinations who will be competing in the Sun City race. Nick and Ryan Harper, Kallie and Quintin Sullwald and Herman and Wichard Sullwald will all be racing together. Bodo Bertholdt shares a car with Philip Herselman in Class P while sons Bevan and Gary compete in the Class SP and Class A categories.
Rob Gibson shares a car with son Glenn in Class P while another son, Clint, shares a Class A drive with Gary Campbell. Ernest Corbett and son Mark both compete in Class P, Chris du Plooy and son Christiaan both compete in the SP Class, former SA champion Neil Woolridge and son Lance compete in the SP Class and Class E and Stratford and Dwaine Voogt compete in Class B.
Also returning to action for the first time this year is former Blue Bulls scrum half Coetzee Labuscagne who provides a slightly different take on the father/son pairings. Labuscagne will share a car with daughter Sandra.
Cape based Bes Bezuidenhout takes it a step further and will share a Class B car with daughter-in-law Lindy. Brothers Johan and Deon Bezuidenhout share a Class P drive and a third brother, Etienne, shares a Class E car with Hanro Visser.
Apart from the White, Bertholdt, Gibson and Bezuidenhout brothers there are five other sets of brothers who will be in action at Sun City. Keith and Andrew Makenete share a Class B car, Willem and Dana Vos compete in the SP Class and Diederik and Danie Hattingh in Class E.
Veterans Buks and Richard Carolin share cars with Terence Marsh and Nic Goslar respectively, while Jannie Visser will co-drive for Chris du Plooy joins his brother Chris, who has won two events this year, in the field.
The Regent Racing trio of Marsh, Mike Whitehouse and Mathew Carlson are brothers-in-law and Corbett senior and Kobus van Tonder share cars with sons-in-law Warwick Goosen and Freddie Kriel.
"Other competitors and off road enthusiasts also use the Sun City 400 as a family outing," said race director Adri Roets. "The Sun City complex is a world renowned resort, is within easy reach of locations in Gauteng and North West Province and competitors and enthusiasts grab the opportunity to get away from it all for a few days. "We are expecting a big influx of spectators and they are well catered for with 13 viewing points all within easy reach of the Sun City complex."
The start/finish and designated service point will all be based at Sun City. The Donaldson Prologue to determine grid positions will start at 11h30 on Friday, July 16 and the race at 08h00 on Saturday, July 17.
Public entry to the start/finish, designated service point and spectator areas is free of charge.