Poul­ter, Howie win in style

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - CHAR­MANE FOR­TUNE

THE dom­i­nance Cas­trol Team Toy­ota pair Leeroy Poul­ter and Rob Howie have ex­er­cised over the Pro­duc­tion Ve­hi­cle cat­e­gory in the Don­ald­son Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship was richly re­warded when the pair won the re­cent Vry­burg En­durance, the penul­ti­mate round of the se­ries, to wrap up the over­all and premier Class T ti­tles.

The Vry­burg re­sult gave Poul­ter and Howie their fourth vic­tory of the sea­son, with the pair also shar­ing heat wins on the Toy­ota 1000 Desert Race with team-mates and out­go­ing cham­pi­ons An­thony Tay­lor and Dennis Mur­phy.

Be­hind the two Cas­trol Toy­ota Hilux crews the Vry­burg event pro­vided a bit of a shake-up in the over­all and Class T cham­pi­onships. Mpumalanga broth­ers Jo­han and Werner Horn (Malalane Toy­ota Hilux) moved into third place in the two ti­tle chases ahead of 4x4 Mega World Toy­ota crew Jason Ven­ter and Vince van Alle­mann. The Horn broth­ers, Ven­ter/Van Alle­mann and Van Staden/Lawren­son will go into the fi­nal event of the sea­son fight­ing for third place in the over­all cham­pi­onship, and in Class T for cars above four litres with in­de­pen­dent rear sus­pen­sion. Also at stake will be brag­ging rights as lead­ing pri­va­teers.

Young­sters Gareth Wool­ridge and Boyd Dreyer (Neil Wool­ridge Motorsport Ford Ranger) have ex­celled in their first sea­son of na­tional rac­ing. They did enough at the Vry­burg event to give them a math­e­mat­i­cal chance of mov­ing ahead of the Horns, but would also need an un­likely over­all win at the fi­nal race.

A close race for hon­ours in Class S — for cars up to four litres with solid axle rear sus­pen­sion — will also be set­tled at the fi­nal event. Here only six points sep­a­rate North West crew Heine Strumpher and Henri Hugo (4x4 Mega World Toy­ota Hilux), and Por­tuguese pair Ró­mulo Branco and João Serô­dio in the Re­gent Rac­ing Nissan Navara. • The fi­nal Don­ald­son se­ries race is the At­las Copco Gold 450 on the West Rand on Oc­to­ber 30 and 31.

PHOTO: K@SNAPS.CO.ZA

North West crew Heine Strumpher and Henri Hugo in their 4x4 Mega World Toy­ota Hilux.

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