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Traditional North West hospitality at Barberspan 200
information supplied by: Northern Regions Cross Country Exco 08 August 2013

Traditional North West hospitality at  Barberspan 200
Some tight championship battles in the Special and Production Vehicle categories will resume on the Barberspan 200, round six of the Northern Regions Cross Country Championship, on August 17.
Traditional North West hospitality and a long Barberspan history in cross country racing in this country make this one of the most popular races on the Northern Regions calendar. A group of former competitors, among them South African champions and previous Barberspan winners, are planning a sentimental journey to the race and will provide a festive atmosphere.
With the next round of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship in Vryburg on September 6 and 7 it is expected that a number of SA championship crews will take the opportunity to test vehicles and get a feel for the terrain.
In the Special vehicle category a number of crews will be looking for good results to rekindle or keep championship hopes alive. Included in this category are the father and son pair of Tony and Michael Gouveia (Force Fuel BAT) who need to put two non finishes in a row behind them and newcomers Rikus Prinsloo and Lood Combrink (BAT) who won Class P on debut at the Sun City 200.
At the top of the driver standings in Class P only five points separate Johan Mitchell (Sandmaster) and veteran Giel Nel who will have Paul Slabbert alongside him in a Zarco. They will be pushed all the way by Prinsloo/Combrink, the Gouveias and Andre Fourie/Leon Schutte (Zarco) in what should turn into a tight contest.
In Class B it will be a case of consistency versus pace in the battle of the singleseaters. Veteran Wolf-Peter Pfumfei (WPP) has a nine point lead over Sun City winner Kobus Fourie but they face stern opposition from singleseater newcomers Francois Smith and Chris Hooman in Sandmasters.
The singlseater brigade will be chased by Johan Steyn/Gerhard Roos (Zarco Sandmaster) and Marthinus le Roux and Gustav Pienaar in another Sandmaster. Once again some good battles should develop.
Rob Reid and Bodo Schwegler (Mitsubishi Pajero) and Wessel and Albertus Kriel (Ford) head the standings in the overall Production Vehicle championship.  Wessel  and Albertus Kriel took the Sun City win ahead of Reid and Bodo Schwegler and the two crews will clash again in Class E, but they will need to keep a wary eye on youngster Dylan Venter and Ruan Peirce (Trysome Toyota Hilux) who picked up a podium finish first time out at Sun City.
After a win in the Pilanesberg the Rustenburg crew of Dana Vos and Henri de Kock will be heavily favoured to win Class D in the Vossies Toyota Hilux. They missed the early part of the season but another good result could see them put pressure on Reid and Kriel at the top of the overall championship.
In Class Z in the Club Challenge for Production Vehicles local driver Gert Steyn and Tanya Burger (Toyota Hilux) will be out to impress in their home event, but will have a tough fight on their hands with Jaco du Plessis/Louis Bester in a Toyota Land Cruiser who will make the short trip from Tosca.
Willie Welman/Henro Fourie will also be a factor in the Ford Bantam and Gavin and Kevin Levinson (Toyota Hilux) will fancy their chances.
Race headquarters and the designated service point are at the Agri Mareetsane Boresaal (S26° 08.842’     E025°25.606’) with the prologue to determine start positions starting at 09:00. The main race will start at 12:00 with free public entry to race headquarters and the service point.
The route is spectator friendly with braai facilities at the main spectator point. Food and beverages will also be on sale at race headquarters.
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