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Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014


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ABSA 2010: Special Vehicle prologue drama at Human Auto 400 Rally.





There was plenty of drama after the Special Vehicle prologue for the Human Auto 400 Rally in South Africa. Provisional results saw the Century Racing pair of Colin Matthews and Alan Smith snatch a five second victory ahead of the lab 88 BAT crew of Bevan Bertholdt and Danie Stassen, on the Donaldson Prologue to determine grid positions for tomorrow’s race. Matthews and Smith, regarded as prologue specialists, were then penalised 15 minutes by race officials for deviating from the route.

The penalty dropped Matthews and Smith to 27th in the Special Vehicle category and 51st on the road. It effectively killed off any hopes the Century Racing crew had of scoring a maiden national series win, and put Bertholdt and Stassen in pole position.

The race is the penultimate round of the Absa Off Road Championship, and could play a major role in deciding this year’s championship. Only 24 points separate the first four teams in the championship race with current leaders Shameer Variawa and Siegfried Rousseau (Team Total BAT), holding a precarious 12 point lead over 2007 champions Kallie and Quintin Sullwald in the Elegant Fuel BAT.

A disappointing prologue saw Variawa and Rousseau, who reported a clean run, finish down in eighth place in provisional results. It left them two minutes off the pace set by the experienced Bertholdt and Stassen.

The penalty also promoted Herman and Wichard Sullwald (Sullwald Racing SVR), who are fourth in the championship, into second place with another impressive performance taking Mark Corbett and Rudi Balzer into third in the Century Racing CR1. Corbett and Balzer were also the first of the Class P contingent.

The top five were rounded out by Kallie and Quintin Sullwald with just one minute and 47 seconds separating the first five cars, and two minutes and 11 seconds separating the top 10. Other leading crews in the top 10 include reigning drivers champion Evan Hutchison and off road motorcycle star Darryl Curtis (Motorite Revo1 4x4), Nardus and Louis Alberts (Wrapsa BAT) and Class P championship leaders Johan van Staden and James Rossouw in the Atlas Copco BAT.

Corbett and Balzer completely dominated the Class P proceedings. The Century Racing crew were a whopping one minute and eight seconds ahead of van Staden and Rossouw who have a tight hold on the Class P championship.

Third were Swaziland crew John Thomson and Clinton McNamara in a Zarco. They were just over two minutes behind Corbett/Balzer and have a tough job ahead of them tomorrow.

The Class B honours went to veteran Coetzee Labuscagne and daughter Sandra in the Raysonics Zarco. The Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race winners were nearly a minute ahead of another veteran, Cape Town-based Bes Bezuidenhout, and daughter-in-law Lindie in the Adenco BAT.

The race start at 08:30 tomorrow at the Windmill Casino complex in Bloemfontein. Entry to the start/finish, the designated service point at the Windmill complex and spectator areas along the route is free of charge.

2010/10/22 | 15:02 CET | EDITOR: MR/HS/FORTUNE












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Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014 02:40 |




Defender Challenge VIDEO: Impressions of the series by Bowler Rd 4 Wales | 29.08.2014 01:31 |




Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014 01:27 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014 00:47 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:10 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 |




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014 04:57 |




Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014 04:48 |




Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014 02:20 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 00:44 |




Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 |




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




Rally dos Sertões: Both Ford Rangers reached top speeds above 175 km/h. | 27.08.2014 17:07 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Onboard with X-Rally Ford Ranger Baumgart / Cincea | 27.08.2014 16:35 |




Rally dos Sertões: Stagewin for Toyota´s Varela in S3 but Spinelli still leader. | 27.08.2014 16:19 |




Rally dos Sertões: Goncalves - "Hope to ride hard without making mistakes" | 27.08.2014 16:00 |




Rally dos Sertões: Marc Coma wins again in Bikes and remains the leadership. | 27.08.2014 15:35 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 19:14 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 18:57 |




Baja Poland: X-raid with four Mini All4 Racing - chase for World Cup continues. | 26.08.2014 17:21 |




Baja Poland: Overdrive Racing with five Toyota Hilux and Nasser Al Attiyah. | 26.08.2014 16:45 |




Rally dos Sertões: Mitsubishi´s Spinelli / Haddad the new leader in the cars. | 26.08.2014 05:17 |




Rally dos Sertões: Gonçalves wins SS2 in Bikes but Coma still overall leader. | 26.08.2014 05:02 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Nice impressions from the first days in Brazil (79) | 26.08.2014 04:53 |




Baja Poland VIDEO: Official trailer of the Baja Poland FIA CC World Cup 2014 | 26.08.2014 04:32 |




Donaldson CC: Test of character for the teams at South African Vryburg 450 | 26.08.2014 03:49 |




Rallyraid: Kamaz Master legend Ilgizar Mardeev tragically died in an accident. | 26.08.2014 03:09 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 02:30 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 01:59 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Driving onboard with Overdrive Toyota Hilux of Verala | 26.08.2014 01:46 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda´s Paulo Goncalves wins second stage in the bikes. | 26.08.2014 01:28 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment video of SS01 Sunday (crash) | 26.08.2014 00:56 |




















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