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African Heritage: Limpopo crews hope to expoloit home ground.

A number of crews will be looking to make the most of home ground advantage on the Africa Heritage Cross Country and the Ford Motorite 400 events in Limpopo Province from August 2 to 5.

The Africa Heritage Cross Country is a round of the FIA Cross Country World Cup and will be run in conjunction with the Ford Motorite 400 that is round four of the Absa Off Road Championship. It is only the second time that off road racing has gone as far north as Limpopo, and five crews will be aiming to take full advantage of local knowledge.

Brother Hermann and Karl-Heinz Sullwald are based in Phalaborwa, and compete in Class A in the Special vehicle category of the Absa series. Three other crews are based in Polokwane with brothers Andre and Jurie du Plessis teamed together in a BB Auto Nissan Hardbody running in Class D in the Production vehicle category.

A third du Plessis brother, Arnold, links up with Johan Knox in another BB Auto Nissan Hardbody with the Limpopo contingent completed by Naeem Moosajee and Rayhoon Badhanya. The du Plessis brothers and Moosajee are all prominent Polokwane businessmen, and Moosajee will be making his Class A debut in the Porter previously campaigned by former South African champion Atang Makgekgenene.

The Sullwald brothers teamed up to win the national Special Vehicle Cross Country Championship way back in 1994. The pair are now back in harness in a two-car team with Hermann teaming up with wife Bertha and Karl-Heinz with engineer and long-time family friend Paul Helberg.

The du Plessis brothers and Knox are Nissan and Class D stalwarts. The two teams are again frontrunners in this year’s championship, and will be keen to do well on home ground.

"This is a good opportunity for us to pick up valuable points," said Arnold. "We all know conditions in Limpopo pretty well so we will be confident of good results. We are also proud to see a world championship and national event taking place in Limpopo, and it is obvious we all want to do well on the event."

Last year and so far this season Moosajee has campaigned a Raceco in Class S in the Special Vehicle category. Buying the Porter and moving into Class A is a major step forward. "It is going to be a huge challenge," said Moosajee, "but I am looking forward to it. I think the big difference will be getting used to all the extra power that is available in a Class A car. It will probably take us a race or two to settle down but making our Class A debut on home ground also gives us incentive to do well."

The Africa Heritage Cross Country and the Ford Motorite 400 will be based at the Ysterberg Oord about 30 kilometres from Polokwane. The FIA event will run from August 2 to 5 and the Ford Motorite event on August 4 and 5.

2006/07/11 I 14:38 CET I Editor:

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