|Donaldson CC: South African Cross Country Racing retains its family status|
The "Donaldson Cross Country Championship" in South Africa has retained its reputation as a family orientated sport. The entry list for the Nkomazi 400 in Mpumalanga on April 12 and 13, round two of the championship contains a wide range of family permutations. Father/son/daughter combinations and brother and sister combinations lead the way with eight.
Former South African champions Herman and Wichard Sullwald and Kallie and Quintin Sullwald head the list of father and son combinations. Hermann and Kallie also fall into the brother category and Quintin and Wichard are cousins.
Other father/son competitors are Nick and Ryan Harper, Tony and Michael Gouveia, Deon and Jason Venter, Graham and Trevor Leith, German duo Jurgen and Daniel Schroder and Jack and Sarel Oosthuizen. Of the father and son combinations only the Venters do not compete together.
The lone father/daughter combination is that of Coetzee and Sandra Labuscagne. Labuscagne senior is a former Northern Transvaal rugby player and Sandra a qualified veterinarian.
Apart from the Sullwalds other brothers competing are Clint and Glenn Gibson, Daniel and Louw Zeelie, Brett and Steve Parker, Chris and Jannie Visser, and Johan and Werner Horn. Only the Gibson brother and the Vissers do not compete together.
Both Vissers are former South African champions and cousin Malcolm Kock is also a regular competitor.
The only brother/sister pairing is that of Jacques van Tonder and sister Lizelle, with father Kobus paired with son-in-law Freddie Kriel. Marius and Jolinda Fourie are the only husband and wife combination while Terence Marsh, Mike Whitehouse and Matthew Carlson are all brothers-in-law.
The final family link is that between Lance Woolridge and father Neil. The younger Woolridge recently won his maiden national event while his father is a former South African champion and team principal of Ford Racing.
“The Donaldson Cross Country Championship is recognised as the toughest of its kind in the world, but we have always prided ourselves on the family nature of the sport,” said South African National Off Road Racing Association chief executive Richard Schilling. “The competition is more than fierce but there is a strong camaraderie among competitors that is the backbone of the championship.”
Race headquarters and the designated service area for the Nkomazi 400 are located at the Riverview Preparatory School with free public entry to these areas and spectator points along the route. Spectator guides will be available at race headquarters and at Malalane Toyota.
The prologue to determine race grid positions starts at 12:30 on Friday, April 12 and the race at 08:30 the following day.
2013/03/31 | 16:51 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/FORTUNE