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ABSA 2009: Hutchison/Bergmann increase Special Vehicle Championship

A third straight victory on the Nissan Sugarbelt 400 has seen former champions Evan Hutchison and Achim Bergmann increase their lead in the Special Vehicle category in the South African Absa Off Road Championship. Hutchison and Bergman, in the Motorite Revo1 4x4, strolled to victory on the KwaZulu-Natal event and finished nearly five minutes ahead of Herman and Wichard Sullwald in the Sullwald Racing Zarco. It was a win that saw Hutchison and Bergmann, who designed and built the Revo1 4 x 4, open up a 35 point lead at the top of the Special Vehicle and Class A championships.

A steady third place on the Nissan Sugarbelt lifted the father and son pair of Nick and Ryan Harper, in the Atlas Copco BAT, into second place in the two championships. The Harpers move ahead of Mike Whitehouse and Mathew Carlson who ran into a litany of problems in KZN.

Fourth in the overall championship are Class P leaders Johan and Etienne Bezuidenhout in the Adenco BAT. The Cape based brothers scored their second win of the season on the Nissan Sugarbelt.

Behind the Bezuidenhout’s two crews are tied in fifth place. Kallie and Quintin Sullwald move into the top five after their best result of the season, and are locked together with Limpopo crew Naeem Moosajee and Mohammad Moultson, in the Tyre Rack Jimco, who also had a tough time of it in KZN.

The top three in the overall championship stay the same in the Class A standings. Here, however, the Hutchison/Bergmann lead over the Harpers is 22 points with Whitehouse/Carlson a further four points adrift.

The Class B championship is a tight affair with only three points separating two Cape Town crews. Bes Bezuidenhout and son Deon, in the Adenco BAT, have a slight advantage over Derrick du Toit and Ian Palmer, in the Orange Tree BAT, who grabbed a second on the Nissan Sugarbelt 400.

Third in Class B are the Makenete brothers, Katleho and Andrew, in an ageing Zarco. Despite problems on both the Adenco 400 and the KZN event, the brothers hung in to pick up valuable points.

The Bezuidenhout brothers have an early hold on Class P. They have a 21 point cushion over Johan van Staden and James Rossouw, in the KEC BAT, who have been the revelation of the season so far. Eastern Cape 400 winners Jan and Hendrik Kraaij are third in the Class P stakes. A broken gearbox on the Nissan Sugarbelt was a setback for the former Class B champions.

2009/05/28 | 16:12 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Charmaine Fortune

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