Of­froad kings to bat­tle it out in the Berg

Fourth round of KZN Cross­coun­try rac­ing at Un­der­berg

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - MAR­CUS TAY­LOR

SATUR­DAY sees Un­der­berg host­ing the fourth round of the KZN Cross-coun­try rac­ing cham­pi­onship, spon­sored by Tip Top milk.

With a num­ber of the reg­u­lar na­tional car en­tries from pre­vi­ous years switch­ing back to the re­gional cham­pi­onship, the rac­ing at the front of the field has be­come very com­pet­i­tive this year.

Over 30 en­tries have been re­ceived so far and pre­dict­ing who will emerge a win­ner is too dif­fi­cult to call.

Lead­ing the class A cham­pi­onship in their Spec 4 Bat are Daniel Brooks and nav­i­ga­tor Ga­van Gray. With an ex­cel­lent run of good for­tune and driv­ing, they hold a com­fort­able lead, but with the nor­mal in­ter­fer­ence of the rac­ing gods any­thing can hap­pen. They will have strong op­po­si­tion from a large class A field, in­clud­ing Reg Sut­ton in his Zarco Mag­num, Clint Gib­son driv­ing a Porter, Don Thom­son also in a Zarco, and Arthur Barns, who does not en­joy com­ing sec­ond.

Class B is be­ing led by my­self and Trace Price­moor driv­ing a JRE, both of us hav­ing a com­fort­able lead thanks more to Lady Luck than any­thing else, as bad luck laid waste to our op­po­si­tion this year. Bryant Meyer in his Spec 0 Bat is very quick, es­pe­cially on ter­rain such as will be found in the Un­der­berg area. Rob Spencer in his Zarco is also no slouch and has found an ex­tra boost of speed over the past cou­ple of events.

With two-litre en­gines be­ing the re­stric­tion in class B the rac­ing will be very close rac­ing and a num­ber of other crews will be chal­leng­ing for the lead.

The pro­logue is a short 17 km sec­tion to de­ter­mine start­ing po­si­tions, with the main race com­pris­ing three laps of a very de­mand­ing 72 km course. Quad bikes and club­man en­tries will do only two laps. • Rac­ing starts at 8 am from the Un­der­berg Coun­try Club. Very good spec­tat­ing po­si­tions, not least the “Spencer jumps” along the Un­der­berg to Himeville Road will make a visit to Un­der­berg this week­end a very en­ter­tain­ing one.


The Spec 4 Bat of Daniel Brooks and nav­i­ga­tor Ga­van Gray.

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