Tarka: Superteam summary

Big results for O'Hagan's / Kopanong Hotel Superteam The O'Hagan's/Kopanong Hotel Superteam enjoyed one of its best events of the season on the Queen Motor Spares Tarka 400, penultimate round of the Bankfin Off-Road Championship, in the Eastern...

Big results for O'Hagan's / Kopanong Hotel Superteam

The O'Hagan's/Kopanong Hotel Superteam enjoyed one of its best events of the season on the Queen Motor Spares Tarka 400, penultimate round of the Bankfin Off-Road Championship, in the Eastern Cape over the weekend.

Team leader John Weir-Smith and Geoff Minnitt teamed up to win the Special Vehicle category in the O'Hagan's/Kopanong Hotel Superteam BMW Jimco, with veteran Richard Carolin and Scott Abraham winning Class F in the Production Vehicle category in the Superteam Jeep. The success gave Weir-Smith his second win of the year, and moved him into second place in the Class A drivers championship with one event -- the Carnival City Casino 400 on November 29 and 30 -- still to be run.

Weir-Smith and Minnitt also set the fastest time in the prologue, designed to determine start positions, to complete a more than successful weekend. The prologue had to be delayed for more than an hour because of adverse weather, and was eventually run in appalling conditions.

"The prologue was a nightmare but when you look at the picture of the overall event, we had a pretty good time of it," said Weir-Smith. "We have had the potential to win all season, but everything finally fell into place this weekend."

Carolin's win in Class F came in his first outing in the big Jeep and marked his Production Vehicle debut. Throughout his career Carolin has concentrated on driving Special Vehicles.

"I didn't know what to expect, but soon learned that the Jeep would drive me and not the other way around," said Carolin. "The main aim was just to finish and winning Class F was a bonus.

"I enjoyed it and am hoping for more of the same."

Carolin and Abraham were at one stage running as high as 10th overall, but lost time at the second designated service point and later got stuck in a mud hole. "The Jeep takes for ever to refuel, and the mud hole incident did not help our cause," said Carolin.

The only blot on the horizon for the O'Hagan's/Kopanong Hotel Superteam was the retirement of Nic Goslar and Glenn Steyn in the Superteam Raceco running in Class S. With no back brakes the rookie pair decided discretion was the better part of valour, and decided to call it a day.

"Three entries and two wins is not bad, and Scott and Simon Clegg did a terrific job of preparing the vehicles," said Weir-Smith. "We also ran all the vehicles on Goodyear MTR tyres and in varied conditions they played a major role in turning the weekend into a success.

"Now the aim is to go one better and win four classes on the Carnival City Casino 400."

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