Mooi River ‘lurkers’ await race
A STRONG field of 31 competitors in cars and on quads have entered the final round of this years KZN cross country championship which will be held in Mooi River this weekend.
With the championship positions having been all but decided at the previous round in Harding, a no holds barred outlook should be expected from all the competitors.
Daniel Brookes and Gavan Gray have won the club and class a championship, but will earn some extra respect by winning on Saturday. They will have to contend with a number of crews who for one reason or another have a big score to settle.
Arthur Barns has had two accident related retirements in a row, almost within sight of the start each time.
Lance Trethewey will be out in his monster Bat Venom and will have a point to prove considering how close he was to winning the National championship this year.
After his successful season in the national cross country championship, Gareth Woolridge will also be giving everyone a show with the impressive Ford Ranger that he campaigned in this years National series.
The Class B championship for two-litre vehicles is certain to go the way of Rob Spencer and Kevin Theron.
All they must do is ensure they reach the finish line, with second placed Marcus Taylor and Trace Price Moor the only crew with a mathematical chance of stealing the title. Manfred Schroder, driving a Zarco, will be worth watching as he is very competitive and generally wins or breaks.
The clubman’s class has a strong entry for this event on will be hotly contested. as will be the quad bike category.
With conditions at this stage being extremely hot and dry, dust will prove to be a big problem for everyone, and to compound the problem the Mooi River area is well known for “lurkers” or rocks which line the edges, and often middle of the track.
Often in the past though, organising an off road race has brought out the rain, so conditions may be very different.
The race will be based at the Mooi River polo cross grounds on Timm’s Farm, about an hour’s drive from Pietermaritzburg and come rain or shine, the day’s events promise petrolheads the best action all weekend.
The prologue starts at 7.30 am. The main race will start at 10 am.
Thanks to the six sponsors including Tillit Contracting, Maverick contracting, Inland Recovery, KKK logistics, Brokenshas Delta Estcourt and RM transport.
— Own Correspondent.
To get to Timm’s Farm, turn off the R103 onto the P18 and follow the orange markers. Entry is free but the marshalls have to be obeyed.