document : RFS Motorsport’s Du Plooy and Janse van Vuuren impress in Vryburg 400


RFS Motorsport’s Du Plooy and Janse van Vuuren impress in Vryburg 400
information supplied by: Cross Country Commission (Media) 10 September 2013

RFS Motorsport’s Du Plooy and Janse van Vuuren impress in Vryburg 400
 
A top 10 finish in last weekend’s Vryburg 400 in North West Province, round six of the Donaldson South African Cross Country Car Racing Championship, and the second-best time of the day for Saturday’s 340-kilometre race was a more than satisfying result for RFS Motorsport privateers Christiaan du Plooy and Henk Janse van Vuuren under the circumstances.
 
Their weekend got off to the worst possible start in Friday’s 60-kilometre qualifying race when they hit a rock 20 kilometres into the route and were forced to retire with a damaged prop shaft on their RFS BMW X3. This resulted in their being given a race time equivalent to one and a half times that of the production vehicle winners and they found themselves in 41st position among the 26 production and 18 special vehicles that made up the field in Saturday’s race.
 
“We started 26th and last among the production vehicles and, with nothing to lose, pushed as hard as we could over the first of the two 170-kilomtre loops that made up the race route,” said Du Plooy. They had a clean run, passing 13 production vehicles before they arrived at the compulsory service stop at the halfway mark in Vryburg in 13th place in their category.
 
“It was a very nice route and we had no problems whatsoever,” said Du Plooy. “Making up for the disappointment of not finishing the qualifying race was the fact that we had the fastest time of all the production vehicles for the first loop.”
 
After a 15-minute break in the service park in Vryburg they found the going a little tougher on the second loop and lost time when they caught up with slower special vehicles ahead of them. “While we didn’t want to take any unnecessary chances, we had our eye on finishing in the top 10 at least,” said Du Plooy.
 
Another clean run saw them cross the finish line in Vryburg in a well-earned 10th place among the production vehicles and with the second best time for the second loop, bettered only by qualifying race and eventual race winners Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy in a factory Toyota Hilux.
 
“Under the circumstances we have to be happy with our result,” admitted Du Plooy. “Our total race time on Saturday was less than three minutes slower than the winners’ time and better than all the other production vehicles.
 
“The RFS BMW didn’t miss a beat and now we are looking ahead to the last two rounds of the championship. We know we have it in us to win again after our debut victory in the Sun City 400 last year and we aim to do so before the end of this season.”
 
The penultimate round of the championship is the Thaba Nchu 400 in the Free State on October 11 and 12.

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