Vos/Howei and Hhutchison/Stassen lead Ford Delaer 400
information supplied by: Cross Country Commission (Media)
12 October 2013
VOS/HOWIE AND HUTCHISON/STASSEN LEAD FORD DEALER 400
Thaba ‘Nchu, Saturday – A pair of reigning champions and a pair of former champions led the way at the halfway mark of the Ford Dealer 400, penultimate round of the Donaldson cross Country Championship.
At the compulsory 15 minute halt after the first of two 170 kilometre loops that make up the race reigning champions Duncan Vos and Rob Howie (Team Castrol Toyota Hilux) had a 40 second lead over Sarel van Biljon and Philip Herselman in the Atlas Copco Toyota in the Production Vehicle category. They were followed by the two factory Ford Rangers of Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable and championship challengers Chris Visser end Japie Badenhorst.
Hugo de Bruyn and Henri Hugo (Micaren Exel Toyota Hilux) completed the top five with championship leaders Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy, in the second factory Castrol Toyota, slipping down the order to sixth place. Taylor/Murphy and van Biljon/Herselman started at the front of the field.
On the Special Vehicle front former champions Evan Hutchison and Danie Stassen (Motorite BAT Viper) had opened up a comfortable 95 second lead over championship leaders Clint Gibson and Gary Campbell in the Dirt Sport Components Porter. They were followed by brothers Eduardo and Riccardo Argazzi (BAT) who are based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Lance Trethewey and Geoff Minnitt (LTE BAT) and another pair of former champions, Hermann and Wichard Sullwald, completed the top five. The race ends at the Black Mountain Hotel near Thaba ‘Nchu later today.