Scene is set for close Special Vehicle tussle on Sun City 400
information supplied by: Cross Country Commission (Media)
26 July 2013
SCENE IS SET FOR CLOSE SPECIAL VEHICLE TUSSLE ON SUN CITY 400
Sun City, Friday – Today’s Special Vehicle qualifying race to determine start positions for the Sun City 400, round five of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, set the scene for what looks certain to develop into a cut throat Special Vehicle category encounter.
At the end of the day only 36 seconds separated the top six cars on what looks likely to be an ultra fast route. And in his first national outing this season KwaZulu-Natal driver Lance Trethewey, looking for a second successive win in the Pilanesberg, topped the qualifying time sheets.
Trethewey, who won last year with Carl Wichmann in the LTE BAT, is this year paired with Spencer Kriel with the pair eking out a four second advantage over Mark Corbett and Julien Hardy in their best performance of the season in the Century Racing CR4. Reigning South African champions Evan Hutchison and Danie Stassen (Motorite BAT Viper) completed the top three and were 20 seconds adrift of Corbett and Hardy.
The closely bunched top six was completed by former SA champions Quintin and Kallie Sullwald in the Elegant Fuel BAT Venom. They were just seven seconds behind Matthews and Burke with Jimmy Zahos and Stefan Coetzee (Cobalt Racing Stryker) also in the picture.
Zahos and Coetzee are making their first appearance in two years in what is a South African designed and built car. Sandwiched between Zahos/Coetzee and Special Vehicle championship leaders Hermann and Wichard Sullwald, in the Elegant Fuel Stryker, were veteran Ernest Corbett and Martin Hermida in the Century Racing CR2.
Corbett is in his late 60s and will hand over driving duties tomorrow to Guy Henley. And in an interesting finish the Sullwalds were only one second clear of Democratic Republic of Congo driver and teenager Adriaan Roets who completed the top 10 in a Zarco.
Matthews/Burke and Corbett/Hermida led the Class P brigade. Third were Francois Conradie and Andrew van der Westhuizen, in a BAT, with championship leaders John Thomson and Maurice Zermatten (Zarco) having an unhappy time of it to be classified among the non finishers.
Race headquarters, the start/finish and the designated service park are all located at the Sun City complex. There is free public entrance to these areas with the race scheduled to start at 8.30am.
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2013 Sun City 400 - Qualifying Results.pdf (50kB)