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


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


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ABSA 2010: Winner takes all in Special Vehicle Championship Shooutout.




It will be an OK Corral winner takes all shootout in the Special Vehicle category at the final round of the South African Absa Off Road Championship at Tarlton International Raceway on Friday and Saturday.

Going at each other with all guns blazing will be overall championship leaders Shameer Variawa and Siegfried Rousseau, in the Team Total Porter, and the father and son combination of Kallie and Quinton Sullwald in the Elegant Fuel BAT. Just six points separate the two crews with all sorts of permutations, including a tie, coming into play.

A tie - it would need the Sullwald’s to win with Variawa/Rousseau second - would see the two crews level with three wins each. The title would then go the way of the Sullwald’s on a count out of second places.

Added interest comes by way of a second Sullwald father and son team, Herman and Wichard (Sullwald Racing SVR), joining the action in the Class A championship. This is a situation brought on by anomalies in off road scoring but, more important, the second Sullwald car could play a major role in the ultimate destiny of the championship.

In among all the uncertainty there is one certainty - Variawa/Rousseau and the two Sullwald crews won’t pussyfoot around with tactics and permutations. All three teams will be out to win, and the fact they will be up against two cars from the same stable is the rub of the green for the Team Total crew.

There are, of course, other teams who could throw the various permutations into disarray. It must surely be a matter of time before Colin Matthews and Alan Smith (Century Racing CR3) get all their sums right and crack a win. Another father and son pair in Nardus and Louis Alberts (Wrapsa BAT) have been in good form since their Sun City 400 debacle, while outgoing drivers champion Evan Hutchison and motorcycle ace Darryl Curtis (Motorite Revo1 4x4) have looked menacing only for mechanical woes to intervene.

KwaZulu-Natal pair Clint Gibson and Gary Campbell (Gibson Racing SVR) are capable of an upset while Naeem Moosajee and Rayhaan Bodhanya (Maxxis/Tyre Rack Porter) will be aiming to end on a high. David White also makes a welcome return in his Class A debut in a Ruwacon BAT with Eugene Coetzee doing the co-driving.

Class P champions Johan van Staden and James Rossouw (Atlas Copco BAT) are top five candidates and in a little cameo Nick Harper (Atlas Copco BAT), Jimmy Zahos (Cobalt Racing Porter) and Archie Rutherford, in the Regent Racing Jimco running in Class P, are separated by two points in the drivers championship. Harper, Zahos and Rutherford have all made use of more than one co-driver during the season.

Regulars like Keith du Toit/Ashley Thorn (White Star Racing BAT) will be joined by a number of Northern Regions series crews making the jump to national level. Jacques Wheeler and the experienced Danie Stassen will be out in the late Bevan Bertholdt’s lab88 BAT, with David and Louw Zeelie out in an Aceco, Dino Scribante and Justin Fuchs in a BAT and Edoardo and Ricardo Argazzi in the new Zarco Magnum.

At the end of the day it will all boil down to the battle between Variawa/Rousseau and the Sullwald’s. It is going to be fast and furious and could be riddled with unexpected turns.

The Class B championship has already been settled in favour of Cape veteran Bes Bezuidenhout and daughter-in-law Lindie in the Adenco BAT. A win on the Human Auto 400 took them clear of Coetzee Labuscagne and daughter Sandra (Raysonics Zarco) who now have to see off a challenge from Keith and Andrew Makenete in another Zarco.

The Labuscagne’s lead the Makenete’s by four points in the battle for second place in what should be a good family fight. The Class B entry is filled out by Johan de Klerk and Lappies Labuschagne and the UTV Racing entries of Stratford Voogt and Sidriaan de Villiers and Dwayne Voogt and Harry Steffen.

The Class P brigade will be racing mainly for pride. Van Staden and Rossouw clinched the championship in the Free State but will be under pressure from Rutherford and Mike Lawrenson, Swaziland flyers John Thomson and Clinton McNamara (Zarco), Johan and Deon Bezuidenhout (Adenco BAT) and the Century Racing CR2 in the hands of Mark Corbett and Rudi Balzer.

One point separates Johan Bezuidenhout and Corbett among the drivers, and two points is the difference between Deon Bezuidenhout, Balzer and McNamara in the co-driver stakes. The husband and wife pair of Marius and Jolinda Fourie have been impressive since moving up from the regional ranks, and there will be plenty of rivalry among veteran crews like Richard Schilling/Chris Davies (Aceco), Bodo Bertholdt/Phillip Herselman (Atlas Copco BAT) and Nic Goslar/Richard Carolin in the Men’s Health International Zarco.

2010/11/15 | 12:04 PM CET | EDITOR: MR/HS/FORTUNE












Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:24 |




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 |




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