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ABSA South African Championship 2007 Special-Newssection

This is the single-news section of the special of the ABSA South African Offroad Championship series 2007. To see all news please use the link under the article or navigate with the left main-navigation.

ABSA 2007: Big lead for Grobler/Jordaan in South African Championship.

Two wins in as many events in the Production Vehicle category, have given Hannes Grobler and Francois Jordaan a comfortable early lead in both the overall and Super Production Class in this year’s Absa Off Road Championship.

The veteran Nissan Navara crew are the reigning overall champions and have quickly stamped their authority on this year’s series. Grobler and Jordaan won both the Nissan Dealer 400 and the recent Nissan Hluhluwe 400, to take commanding leads in both the overall and SP Class championships.

On top of that Nissan, spearheaded by Grobler/Jordaan, have also taken a commanding early lead over arch rivals Toyota in the prestige South African Manufacturers Championship. Nissan already have 141 points with Toyota, the reigning champions, second on 70 with Ford third with 49 points.

In the overall championship Grobler/Jordaan (50) lead team-mates Duncan Vos and Ralph Pitchford who are tied in second place with Ford Racing factory crew Brandon Harcus and Juan Mohr on 27 points. Third are Mark Cronje/Chris Birkin (Castrol Toyota Hilux) and Norwegian driver Ivar Tollefsen and English navigator Quin Evans (Nissan Navara) who are tied on 19 points.

The picture is slightly different in the SP Class stakes. Here Grobler/Jordaan lead Vos and Pitchford and Harcus/Mohr by 15 points. Third, a further four points adrift are Manfred Schroeder and Ward Huxtable in the Barloworld / Absolute Ford Ranger.

A Nissan crew also heads the Class D championship. Jurie and Andre du Plessis, in the BB Auto Nissan Hardbody, have a handy 13 point lead over Toyota newcomers Ramon Bezuidenhout and Stefan Lock. The Bezuidenhout/Lock combination caused a stir when they won the class first time out on the Nissan Hluhluwe 400.

Two crews are tied in third place. Once again a Nissan crew features with Coetzee Labuscagne/Johan Gerber, in the Raysonics Nissan Hardbody, level on points with Land Rover pair Harold and Tiaan Coen.

Two good results so far this season have taken Castrol Toyota Hilux pair Brian Martin and Ockie Fourie to the top of the Class E standings. But works factory crew Jack Peckham and Lucio Santoro have also had two good results and are only a single point behind the Toyota team.

Two Toyota crews, George and Sharon Barkhuizen (Ruwacon Toyota Hilux) and Jannie Visser/Joks le Roux are tied for second place. The Barkhuizen’s scored their second career victory with a win in KwaZulu-Natal.

2007/04/21 | 11:56 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Charmaine Fortune

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