Mooi River ‘lurk­ers’ await race

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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.

Direc­tions

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.

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