Tough day for Atlas Copco 400 crews
information supplied by: Cross Country Commission (Media)
21 May 2011
TOUGH DAY FOR ATLAS COPCO 400 CREWS
Dundee, Saturday – A family feud had developed today at the halfway mark in the Atlas Copco 400, round three of the Absa Off Road Championship, here today.
After two of the scheduled four loops making up the race Hermann and Wichard Sullwald (Sullwald Racing SVR), were only 46 seconds ahead of South African champions Kallie and Quinton Sullwald, in the Elegant Fuel BAT, with an intriguing duel developing between the two father and son teams in the second half of the race. Third were KwaZulu-Natal crew Lance Trethewey and Carl Wichman (LT Earthmoving BAT), who were nearly 90 seconds adrift the Elegant Fuel BAT.
On the Production Vehicle front two factory Team Castrol Toyota crews were in charge of proceedings. Former champion Duncan Vos and Rob Howie were a healthy two minutes and 40 seconds ahead of team-mates Anthony Taylor and Chris Birkin who were slowed by a puncture on loop one.
Third were veteran former SA champions Hannes Grobler and Hennie ter Stege (RFS BMW X3), who were just ahead of Gary Bertholdt and Andre Vermeulen in the Atlas Copco Toyota Hilux. The race ends later this afternoon at the Battlefields Lodge on the outskirts of Dundee.
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