Drivers and co-drivers who are leading the special vehicle class of the SA Cross Country Championship are in for a few sleepless nights between now and the fifth, and penultimate, round: The Sun City 400, in the Pilanesberg, this weekend.
The championship positions are tight and there’s every possibility of the title issues going all the way to the wire. Just 13 points separate Evan Hutchison (King Price extreme BAT Viper), Marius Fourie (BAT) and Stefan van Pletzen (Live Lesotho Chenowth), in the drive for the overall title.
Of the co-drivers in line for the overall title, Danie Stassen (King Price extreme BAT Viper) has a slight advantage over Jolinda Fourie and Jaco Pieterse, who’ve both missed an event.
In the overall and Class A standings the father/daughter combination of Coetzee and Sandra Labuschagne isn’t yet completely out of the picture. But this 4×4 Mega World Porter crew needs to pull off something spectacular if they want to catch the crews in the box seats.
However, of the top 4 crews the Labuschagnes are the only team with a 100% finish record this season. After a shaky start, 3 podium finishes in a row have shot them up the leader board.
In the second King Price extreme special vehicle, Visser du Plessis and co-driver Elvéne Coetzee need a good finish to end their round of bad luck.
Race HQ and the designated service park will be located in the Sun City complex. After a ceremonial start, competitors will travel to the village of Tweelaagte, 30kms to the west.
The qualifying event to determine grid positions will be held on Friday 15 September and the race the following day. The qualifying race will start at 13:30, and the main event at 07:30.
The main race will be run over 2 loops, with competitors flagged away at dust-gap intervals of 2 minutes. There will be a compulsory 20-minute service halt at the end of loop 1, with the second loop starting at 12:00.
Public entry to race HQ, the service park and spectator points along the route is free of charge. Fans can also catch the action on DStv Ignition channel 189 or download Rallysafe, which shows maps, split times and results in real-time.