Suzuki Jimny 1.3

At the speed of... light?

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - TESTLONG-TERM -

THE past month the lit­tle Suzuki Jimny com­peted in another round of the Bridge­stone 4×4 Club Chal­lenge. This time it was a night event, run in south­ern Gaut­eng near the town of Villiers.

Based at the Lekoa Lodge, the event fea­tured some tough nav­i­ga­tional chal­lenges, as well as 10 ob­sta­cles. Suzuki team Tumelo Maketekete and An­tonie Coet­zee quickly ad­justed their tac­tics to the con­di­tions: us­ing the mega-pow­er­ful Light­force LED bar, fit­ted to the Front Run­ner roof rack, proved less than ideal in the ob­sta­cles, as it blinded co-driver Coet­zee to the point that he could not see a thing, and could not guide Maketekete over the rocks and through the don­gas.

The light worked a charm for try­ing to find their way be­tween the ob­sta­cles, though.

In the end, the crew banked a re­spectable 875 points. How­ever, the win­ning short­wheel­base team, who also cam­paigned a Jimny, recorded the high­est ever score on a Bridge­stone event. Their 1080 points in­cluded full marks on all 10 ob­sta­cles (1000 points), plus 80 bonus points. Now that’s pretty im­pres­sive.

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