Queen Motor Spares Tarka 400 Prologue The Queen Motor Spares Tarka 400, round 7 of the Bankfin Off Road Championship, got underway with a 50km Prologue in Tarkastad yesterday. The Prologue was delayed for an hour due to a torrential downpour...
Queen Motor Spares Tarka 400 Prologue
The Queen Motor Spares Tarka 400, round 7 of the Bankfin Off Road Championship, got underway with a 50km Prologue in Tarkastad yesterday.
The Prologue was delayed for an hour due to a torrential downpour and hail during the morning, which made large sections of the route impassable.
John Weir-Smith and Geoff Minnitt set the fastest time in the O'Hagan's / Kopanong Hotel Superteam Jimco, a rare occasion this season when a Special Vehicle has outqualified a Production Vehicle.
Hannes Grobler and Richard Leeke qualified 2nd in the four wheel drive Nissan Hardbody, 28 seconds behind the leading Jimco.
Reigning Production Vehicle champions Giniel de Villiers and Francois Jordaan, also in a Class T Nissan Hardbody, qualified 3rd, 3 min. 8 sec. adrift of the leaders.
Production Vehicle championship co-leaders Neil Woolridge and Kenny Skjoldhammer set the 4th fastest time in the Ford Racing Ranger and started 2 sec. behind de Villiers and Jordaan.
Fifth were Class S championship leaders Greg Daus and Archie Rutherford (Nashua Mobile Raceco) with Atang Makgekgenene and Alec Salley 6th in the SAM Racing Jimco. Makgekgenene previously won the Tarka 400 as a co-driver and dearly wants to win as a driver.
Castrol Toyota Land Cruiser pair Apie Reyneke and Robin Houghton qualified 7th and started 4 minutes behind the leading Production Vehicle.
The leading Class D entry was the Century Property Developments Isuzu of Mark Corbett and Juan Mohr in 8th place 38 seconds ahead of arch rivals and Production Vehicle championship co-leaders Duncan Vos and Mike Griffiths in the Nissan Hardbody.
Former quad racers Mark Breckle and Ian Kilburn rounded out the top 10 in the Brasco Refrigeration Jimco.
Hugo and Jaap de Bruyn (Toyota Hilux) were the top qualifiers in Class E, 46 seconds ahead of Manfred Schroder and Jack Peckham in the Class E Ford Racing Ranger.
Father and son duo Bez and Deon Bezuidenhout outqualified Class B championship leaders Marcus Taylor and Marc de Chalain and started 18th and 19th respectively.
The lone Class F entered O'Hagan's / Kopanong Hotel Superteam Jeep crewed by Richard Carolin, who is making his debut as a Production Vehicle driver, and Scott Abraham qualified 21st.