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Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014


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


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: 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













































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Donaldson CC: Sullwald tighten grip on SA´s Special Vehicle Class title chase






Second place on the recent "Force Fuel 450" rally at Sun City saw former South African champions Quintin and Kallie Sullwald, tighten their hold on the Special Vehicle category title race after five rounds of the South African "Donaldson Cross Country Championship".

The Sullwalds, in the Elegant Fuel BAT Venom, went into the Sun City weekend with a 10 point advantage over Gerhard du Plessis and his teenage son, Hardus, in a Jimco, who did not score a point at the event. They dropped from second to third in the overall standings when du Plessis’s brother, Lawrence, and Gielie le Roux, in a Zarco, scored a comfortable victory.

The reward for the Sullwalds after an adventurous race – a coming together with Production Vehicle crew Anthony Taylor/Dennis Murphy, no third gear for most of the day and alternator problems - is a 26 point cushion over Lawrence du Plessis and le Roux, who lead Gerhard and Hardus du Plessis by three points.

For the le Roux family the Force Fuel 450 was a watershed weekend with Gielie scoring a maiden win – in only his third event – with father Joks, a former SA champion, winning Class S in the Production Vehicle category.

"I am very proud of him," said le Roux senior afterwards. "He never raced in the regional championship, and to score a win in his third race is a great achievement."

KwaZulu-Natal crew Arthur Barnes and Anthony Usher (BAT) also missed the Force Fuel 450, but with driver/co-driver comings and goings Barnes stays fourth among the drivers, with Usher third in the co-driver stakes behind Sullwald senior and Hardus du Plessis. Le Roux jumps to fourth ahead of fifth placed reigning champion Danie Stassen, who sits alongside Evan Hutchison in the Motorite BAT Viper.

Fifth place overall among the drivers is now shared by Wichard Sullwald and reigning champion Hutchison. The top five remain the same in both the overall and Class A standings.

The Class A brigade are followed in the overall standings by reigning champions John Thomson and Maurice Zermatten (Zarco), who are the first of the Class P contingent. Swaziland based Thomson and Zermatten trail Wichard Sullwald and Hutchison by only three points.

The Thomson/Zermatten combination went to the Force Fuel 450 level pegging in the Class P championship with KZN pair James Watson and John Thompson in a BAT. A solid second for Thomson/Zermatten, and a disappointing run for Watson/Thompson saw the champions eke out a nine point advantage.

A class win for Colin Matthews and Rodney Burke (Century Racing CR3), who won overall last year, lifted them into third place in the standings. Matthews and Burke romped to victory in the qualifying event at the Force Fuel 450, but a puncture during the first of the two laps that made up the race, set them back on their heels.

The next race on the Donaldson series calendar is the Vryburg 450 in North West Province.

2014/08/19 | 19:55 CET | ARTICLE: FORTUNE | PHOTOS: MOTORPICS











Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:24 |




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 |




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 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 |




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: 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: 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 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 |




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 |




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014 04:57 |




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 |




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 |




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 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 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: 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 |




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 |




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 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 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 VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




















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