Favourites fail at Tip Top Drak 250 in Un­der­berg

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — Own Cor­re­spon­dent,

THE Tip Top Drak 250 in Un­der­beg last week­end lived up to ex­pec­ta­tion by re­duc­ing most en­tries to spec­ta­tor sta­tus early on.

The 21 km pro­logue of the KZN Cross-coun­try Cham­pi­onship was won by Reg Sut­ton, fol­lowed by Arthur Barns and Daniel Brooks, all in class A.

Class B for 2.0 litre cars was won by Bryant Meyer and club­mans was won by Graeme Peter­son from Un­der­berg.

Ca­su­al­ties in the pro­logue in­cluded Mar­cus Tay­lor nav­i­gated by race or­gan­iser Trace Price Moor, who had front sus­pen­sion fail­ure al­most within sight of the start. Clint Gib­son and Mike Well­beloved also found trou­ble by bury­ing their car in a swamp.

There was dis­as­ter for the front three cars less than 1 km from the start as they all plunged into a huge mud hole in quick suc­ces­sion, pos­si­ble a re­sult of red mist hang­ing in the early morn­ing air. Be­ing so close to the start it was un­likely that any other com­peti­tor was go­ing to at­tempt to help them out, ef­fec­tively end­ing all of their chances.

Tak­ing the lead early on was Ralph and An­dre Voigt, who drove vir­tu­ally un­chal­lenged to win com­fort­ably ahead of Leon Bothma and Quin­ton Brand.

Third went to Rob Spencer and Kevin Theron who also won class B.

A num­ber of crews fall­ing by the way­side af­ter run­ning high up in­cluded Jack Peck­ham, who lost nearly an hour chang­ing a flat tyre with­out a func­tion­ing jack, Bryant Meyer with a bro­ken stub axle , Stephan Mu­raour with bro­ken sus­pen­sion and Graham Bau­mann, who drove into the same mud hole on lap 2 that cap­tured the front three cars.

Mar­cus Tay­lor and Trace Price Moor had also moved up to 2nd over­all mid­way through the event be­fore the en­gine tim­ing belt broke end­ing their race.

John Rowe won the Club­mans class in his own-built JRE, with Dave Gur­ney sec­ond.

Alis­tair Konigkramer won the quad bike cat­e­gory, fol­lowed by Arnie Meir­ing.

Tip Top milk spon­sored the event.

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TWO EX­TREMES: (left) Ralph and An­dre Voigt drove vir­tu­ally un­chal­lenged in the KZN Cross-coun­try cham­pi­onship in Un­der­berg. (Right) Mar­cus Tay­lor and Trace Price Moor mud­dle through a fear­som mud­hole.

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