Offroad kings to battle it out in the Berg
Fourth round of KZN Crosscountry racing at Underberg
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.