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Sullwalds To Put Finishing Touches To Championship Winning Season
information supplied by: Cross Country Commission (Media) 23 November 2014

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The father and son team of Quintin and Kallie Sullwald will put the finishing touches to a championship winning season at the final Donaldson Cross Country Championship event of the year, the Atlas Copco Gold 450 on the West Rand, on November 28 and 29.

The Sullwalds, in the Elegant Fuel BAT Venom, have wrapped up the overall and Class A titles, with the pair making sure of a slice of South African motorsport history. The Class P championship, however, is still up for grabs with the Atlas Copco Gold providing a sting in the tail.

The Sullwalds previously won South African championships with father Kallie doing the driving and Quintin the navigating. This year they reversed the roles with Quintin doing the driving and his father the navigating, and ensured their place in cross country racing folklore.

An interesting battle for the minor placings in the overall and Class A championships has been defused. In the overall series only six points separate Gerhard and Hardus du Plessis (Jimco), reigning champions Evan Hutchison and Danie Stassen (Motorite BAT Viper) and Laurence du Plessis and Gielie le Roux in a Zarco.

The trio are also separated by six points in the Class A log, with Laurence du Plessis and le Roux ahead of Gerhard/Hardus du Plessis and Hutchison/Stassen who are tied on points. Business pressures have, however, forced the du Plessis siblings to miss the West Rand race and take the sting out of what looked to be an intriguing situation.

There is, however, a sting in the tail that could see Wichard Sullwald upstage Hutchison and the du Plessis brothers in the driver title races. Wichard, co-driver turned driver during the season when father Herman retired from racing, has put together a string of consistent results – including a heat win on the Toyota 1000 Desert Race.

An indifferent result from Hutchison/Stassen and a win for Sullwald could provide the Phalaborwa based family with further reason to celebrate. Such a scenario would see Sullwald leapfrog ahead of the du Plessis brothers and Hutchison in the driver standings.

There are other crews who have had their moments during the course of the season and, as expected, there are one or two end of season comings and goings in the premier Class A. Sarel van Biljon and Phillip Herselman leave the Production Vehicle ranks to run the ex Atlas Copco BAT campaigned earlier this season by Derick du Toit, and Keith Makenete will team up with Ntoate Bereng in the ex Sullwald BAT that won the 2012 championship.

The fact that reigning Class P champions John Thomson and Maurice Zermatten (Zarco) lie sixth in the overall championship indicates the hold the Sullwalds, the du Plessis brothers and Hutchison/Stassen have exercised on Class A this season. Mention of Thomson and Zermatten also highlights an interesting situation.

They are locked in a Class P title fight with KwaZulu-Natal pair James Watson and John Thompson in a BAT – but Zermatten is overseas on business and will be replaced in the car by Clint McNamara. Thomson/Zermatten hold a 15 point lead over Watson/Thompson and both driver and co-driver will be hoping that proves to be decisive.

Keith Makenete/Moalosi Borotho (CRC Zarco) were also locked in a battle, over third and fourth, with veteran Nic Goslar and Andrew Massey in the SA Clinics Zarco. A single point separates the two crews, but with Keith out of the picture the battle is now between co-drivers Massey and Borotho.

Andrew Makenete steps into his brothers shoes in Class P with the Massey/Borotho situation providing a cameo performance. Coetzee and Sandra Labuscagne (Chemsystems Zarco) are also well out of the championship issue, but will be keen to end a disappointing season on a high note.

Race headquarters, the start/finish and the designated service will gain be situated at the Kloof Country Club in Glenharvie. Public access to these areas and designated spectator points along the route will be free of charge.

The qualifying race to determine grid positions will start at 11:30 on Friday, November 28, and the race at 08:30 on Saturday, 29 November.

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