|ABSA 2011: Sullwald Team dominates Special Vehicles at Sun City 400 Rally.|
The Sullwald family have tightened their hold on the Special Vehicle title chase in the South African "Absa Off Road Championship". After the recent Sun City 400, round five of the championship, reigning South African champions Kallie and Quintin Sullwald (Elegant Fuel BAT), lead Hermann and Wichard Sullwald (Sullwald Racing SVR) in the overall and Class A championships.
Kallie and Hermann Sullwald are brothers - they won the championship together more than a decade ago - and are now racing with their sons. The gap between the two Sullwald crews is 11,5 points and with three events remaining the championship looks like developing into a fight between the two Sullwald crews.
In both championships the Sullwalds lead former champion Evan Hutchison and Danie Stassen in the 4x4 Motorite Revo. The gap between the Motorite crew and the Sullwalds could have been closer, but Hutchison and Stassen were penalised at the Sun City 400 for deviating from the route.
This dropped them way down the pecking order and gave Delmas crew Boela Botes and Johann Pretorius their first podium finish in the Botes Vervoer BAT. Botes/Pretorius, Sun City 400 winners Richard Fuller and Geoff Minnitt (Atlas Copco BAT) and Nick and Ryan Harper (Motorite BAT) are all tied for fifth place behind Class P leaders Archie Rutherford and Mike Lawrenson in the Regent Racing Jimco.
Third place in Class P on the Sun City 400 behind Fuller/Minnitt and Swazi crew John Thomson and Clinton McNamara, in a Zarco, saw Rutherford and Lawrenson open up a 24 point gap in the championship.
Nic Goslar/Andrew Massey (Men’s Health International Zarco) are second with the Sun City win lifting Fuller/Minnitt into third place, with a one point advantage over early championship leaders Marius and Jolinda Fourie in the PHB BAT.
The Class P driver championship also looks to be heading for an interesting final three races. Only 4,5 points separate Keith Makenete (Zarco), Wolf-Peter Pfumfei in the singleseater WPP, KZN driver Leon Bothma and Coetzee Labuscagne in the Raysonics Zarco.
The co-driver stakes see Quintin Brand, who won the Atlas Copco 400 with Bothma, leading Sandra Labuscagne and Andrew Makenete. Bothma and Brand have only competed in one event.
The next event on the Absa Off Road championship calendar is the 4x4 Mega World 400 at Carnival City on the East Rand on September 9 and 10.
2011/08/06 | 17:17 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/FORTUNE