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4x4 Eco-Challenge Finalists announced.

Winning might not be everything, but for the ten two-man teams who have made it through to the 2006 Goodyear and Toyota sponsored 4x4 Eco Challenge finals in Mozambique, it certainly must be an incredibly good feeling.

During May and June this year some 100 teams trekked up to the Kalahari to participate in the semi-final heats, where they were scored on a variety of activities, from GPS usage to environmental knowledge and, of course, off-road driving.

Now the waiting is over - this year’s finalists have been announced. Leading the pack are Johan Botha and Christo Crous, both from Bloemfontein. Second place was tied between Hein Minnie and Joos Vorster of Heidelberg and the international team of Gregorz Surowiec and Jerzy Bukaka, both from Poland. Fourth place was also tied between brothers Pierre and Dewald Brink of Durbanville, and Hansie Moore and Jan van Zyl of Springbok and Worcester respectively. Brits residents Hannes Breedt and Nico Jacobs came in sixth, with seventh place tied between Pieter and Thomas Fleetwood of Mareetsane, and Gehan Nel and Michiel Eksteen of Danhof and Bethel respectively. Andre and Fritz van der Merwe of Zeerust came in ninth, with Queenstown residents Jakes Pieterse and Wayne Mostert close on their heels in tenth.

For those who didn’t make it through to the finals, the Kalahari heats will still have been a hugely memorable experience, with the highlight for many being the chance to drive the all-new Toyota Fortuner fitted with the Goodyear Wrangler ATR tyre - a great all rounder versatile in a variety of conditions.

"There was also a particularly strong environmental focus this year," says event organiser Gerhard Groenewald, who invited scientists Marius Burger and Priscilla Swart to share their nature knowledge with contestants. The 2006 4x4 Eco Challenge finals will be taking place in Mozambique between 24 August and 7 September.

2006/07/06 I 10:48 CET I Editor:

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