Hutchison/Stassen take grip on Special Vehicle Championship
information supplied by: Cross Country Commission (Media)
23 November 2013
HUTCHISON/STASSEN TAKE GRIP ON SPECIAL VEHICLE CHAMPIONSHIP
Glenharvie, Saturday – Reigning champions Evan Hutchison and Danie Stassen were en route to back to back Special Vehicle championships on the Atlas Copco Gold 400, the final round of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, here today.
At the halfway mark Hutchison and Stassen were in third place behind Marius and Jolinda Fourie (PHB BAT) and Philip de Vries and Johan Viljoen in the Conqueror Porter. Hutchison and Stassen started the day 12.5 points clear of KwaZulu-Natal pair Clint Gibson and Gary Campbell (Dirt Sport Components Porter) who were down in 7th
Fourth and fifth at the designated service park after the first of two 170 kilometre laps were Neil Meyer/Joseph Lewis (Maxxis/Liqui Moly/Rockstar Zarco) and Quintin Sullwald and Janine Lourens in the Elegant Fuel BAT.
In the Production Vehicle category multiple South African champion Duncan Vos, partnered by Rob Howie in a factory Team Castrol Toyota Hilux, was on course to end his stint at Toyota with a victory. Vos/Howie were a minute and 34 seconds ahead of Rustenburg crew Willem Vos and Werner Weiss in the Vossies BW X3.
Newly crowned South African champions Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy, in the second Castrol Toyota Hilux, were a little more than 30 seconds behind in third place. Fourth and fifth were Gary Bertholdt/Siegfried Rousseau (Atlas Copco Nissan Navara) and Malcolm Kock/Johan Burger in the Kock and Son Toyota Hilux.
The race ends at the Kloof Country Club in Glenharvie later today.