Fairytale continues for Horn brothers
information supplied by: Cross Country Commission (Media)
09 August 2014
FAIRYTALE CONTINUES FOR HORN BROTHERS
Sun City, Saturday – The fairytale continued for brothers Johan and Werner Horn when they took control of the Production Vehicle category at the halfway stage of the Force Fuel 450, round five of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, here today.
The Horns (Malalane Toyota Hilux) are in their first year in the premier Class T category and lying second in the overall championship. They finished second in yesterday’s qualifying race, but took over the lead when pole sitters Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy (Team Castrol Toyota Hilux) ran into problems on the first of the two laps that make up the race in the Pilanesberg.
A broken windscreen was followed by a puncture, only for the pair to discover the jack had fallen of the car. That dropped them down the field and at the halfway mark they were seventh overall.
The Horns were comfortably ahead of Gary Bertholdt/Siegfried Rousseau (Atlas Copco Ford Racing Ranger) at the halfway mark at Sun City, with Christian du Plooy and Henk Janse van Vuuren (RFS Ford Ranger) in third place. Du Plooy and van Vuuren won this race two years ago.
Rustenburg crew Willem Vos and Werner Weiss (Vossie BMW X3) were fourth followed by Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie, who had made up a couple of places, in the second Castrol Toyota factory entry. They were followed by Johan van Staden/Mike Lawrenson (Atlas Copco Nissan Navara), Taylor/Murphy and Mike Whitehouse and former Springbok rugby captain John Smit in the Regent Racing Nissan Navara.
On the Special Vehicle front Laurence du Plessis and rookie co-driver Gielie le Roux (Zarco), were just over half a minute ahead of Quintin and Kallie Sullwald in the Elegant Fuel BAT Venom. The Sullwalds were battling along with no third gear, and were being chased by last year’s winners Colin Matthews and Rodney Burke in the Century Racing CR3.
Matthews/Burke, who started in pole position, were leading Class P by a country mile. Second were reigning champions John Thomson/Maurice Zermatten (Zarco) followed by, James Watson/John Thompson in a BAT.
Thomson/Zermatten and Watson/Thompson went into the race level pegging at the top of the Class P title race. The race ends back at Sun City later this afternoon.