|ABSA 2011: Three-Way battle in ABSA´11 final Special Vehicle Championship.|
The final South African Absa Off Road Championship event of the season, the "RFS Magalies 400" on November 11 and 12, will settle the overall championship in the Special Vehicle category.
After the recent Human Auto 400 in the Free State three drivers - reigning champion Kallie Sullwald, former champion Evan Hutchison and Hermann Sullwald - have a shot at the title. On the co-driver front it is a straight fight between cousins Quintin and Wichard Sullwald.
Kallie Sullwald, in the Elegant Fuel BAT, goes into the final event with a 16 point lead over Hutchison, in the Motorite Revo, with Hermann Sullwald (Sullwald Racing SVR) a further two points in arrears. Where the Sullwald cousins are concerned Quintin has a 16,5 point lead over Wichard with third placed Jolinda Fourie and fourth placed Danie Stassen, who partners Hutchison, mathematically out of the equation.
Overall victory on the Human Auto 400 for Class P crew Marius and Jolinda Fourie (PHB BAT) lifted Marius into fourth place among the drivers and Jolinda into third among the co-drivers. Stassen missed an event and dropped from third to fourth.
With anomalies in the distribution of overall and class points, the situation is much closer in the premier Class A title fight. Here Kallie and Quintin Sullwald lead Herman and Wichard Sullwald by only 1,5 points with Hutchison and Stassen next up.
Victory for the Fourie’s in the Free State also rekindled their Class P championship hopes. They now trail Archie Rutherford and Mike Lawrenson (Regent Racing Jimco), by 14 points with the RFS Magalies event - which the Regent Racing pair won overall last year - the decider.
Richard Fuller (Atlas Copco BAT), who finished the Human Auto 400 on his own after co-driver Geoff Minnitt suffered a back injury, and Nic Goslar (Men’s Health International Zarco) are third and fourth among the Class P drivers with just three points between them. With Minnitt failing to score points he drops to fourth among the co-drivers and is now a point behind Andrew Massey who sits alongside Goslar.
The Class B driver’s championship has been settled with Keith Makenete (Zarco) now 24,5 points ahead of Coetzee Labuscagne in the Raysonics Zarco. The co-driver title, however, is still alive with Makenete’s brother Andrew leading Labuscagne’s daughter Sandra by 12,5 points.
The RFS Magalies 400 will again be based at the Tarlton International Raceway complex near Krugersdorp. Race headquarters and the designated service point will be at Tarlton with public entry to these areas free of charge. The event will once again be spectator friendly and there will also be no charge for public entry to spectator viewing points along the route.
2011/11/01 | 15:10 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/FORTUNE