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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


Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014


Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014













































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Donaldson CC: Special Vehicle win for Sullwalds on Nkomazi 450 in South Africa






Two father and son combinations dominated the Special Vehicle category on the "Nkomazi 450", round three of the South African "Donaldson Cross Country Championship". Former South African champions Quintin and Kallie Sullwald, in the Elegant Fuel BAT Venom, strolled to a convincing victory to reignite their challenge in the overall and Class A title races. The Sullwalds failed to make it to the finish last time out on the "Toyota Dealer 450", but cruised to their second win of the season.

The Sullwalds had plenty to spare over another father and son combination in Gerhard and Hardus du Plessis in a Jimco. The du Plessis pair started the day with a 15 point lead in the two title chases, but kept the momentum going with their third podium finish in three races.

For Hardus du Plessis, who is only 16, three podium finishes in his first three races is a remarkable achievement. Again, however, the youngster simply shrugged his shoulders and said his dad did all the hard work.

Third place went to Lance Trethewey and Geoff Minnitt in the LTE/Mortimer Toyota BAT Venom, with the pair overcoming a dodgy qualifying race to stage a strong comeback. It was their first podium in a car recently bought from reigning champion Evan Hutchison.

It was a little ironic that Hutchison and local favourite Danie Stassen should be the biggest losers on the event. Their title hopes were severely dented when they lost a wheel on the first of the 175 kilometer loops that made up the race, and were sidelined for the second race in a row.

"Coupled with a win in the qualifying race this has been a good weekend for us," said son Quintin after his third victory as a driver. "It was a tough but relatively trouble free race, and it was the sort of result we needed after our non finish on the Toyota Dealer 500."

The du Plessis pair were hampered by a brake problem but father Gerhard admitted they could not match the Sullwalds for pace in a Jimco that first raced in South Africa in 2000. "It was a difficult race, but we did not make any costly mistakes," said du Plessis senior. "Hardus did another good job and we are enjoying ourselves."

Trethewey and Minnitt started eighth among the Special Vehicles but made steady progress through the field. They also picked up places via retirements and reported a clean run. "We did not have any issues but on this route it was difficult to overtake," said Minnitt. "It was a combination of a tight route and dust but a podium place for the new car was a good result for us."

One of the drives of the race came from Swaziland based John Thomson and Maurice Zermatten in a Zarco. A tremendous performance netted them fourth place overall and cemented their position at the top of the Class P championship.

There was, however, a dramatic start to the category with qualifying race winners Keith Makenete and Moalosi Borotho contriving to roll their CRC Zarco about three kilometers into the race. That opened up the way for Thomson and Zermatten to pick up their second win on the trot.

Two KwaZulu-Natal crews – Daniel Brookes/Gavan Gray (Ducatus Property BAT) and Arthur Barnes/Anthony Usher (BAT) – also recovered from disappointing qualifying race performances. Strong race showings took them into fifth and sixth ahead of Capetonian Derick du Toit and Craig Gray in the CRC BAT.

Veterans Rob Wark and Ashley Thorn (K9 Racing Aceco) rolled back the years to finish eighth overall and second in Class P. They came in ahead of Colin Matthews/Rodney Burke (Century Racing CR3) with Brett Parker and VZ van Zyl, after a difficult day that saw them slip down the leaderboard, completing the top 10 in the Sizanani Plastics Jimco.

Matthews, who won this race overall last year, and Burke started around 40 minutes behind the class leaders. A typically aggressive Matthews drive saw them plough their way through the field – although they were a little lucky to finish. "We tried a little too hard in the forest section and damaged the chassis," said Matthews. "Fortunately the car stayed together until the finish."

The next event on the calendar is the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race in Botswana from June 27 to 29.

2014/05/20 | 13:30 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/FORTUNE











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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 |




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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 |




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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 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment video of SS01 Sunday (crash) | 26.08.2014 00:56 |




















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