Faster through the fog

Last race for lo­cal leg­end at Mooi River 250 as young turks step up the pace

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING -

THE Na­tal Off Road Mo­tor Club hosted the Mooi River 250 last week­end, and bar one roll, the rac­ing went down swim­mingly as a wet fog blan­keted parts of the route.

Club sec­re­tary Stephanie Hohls re­ports two dozen of­froad cars and four quad riders com­peted.

Lance Trethewey and Carl Wich­mann won the Don­ald­son Pro­logue in LT Earth­movers car, with the 5-litre Ford Ranger of Gareth Wool­ridge and brand new nav­i­ga­tor An­gus McKen­zie close be­hind.

Dur­ing the main race that fol­lowed, An­drew Wil­liams and his son Christopher Wil­liams rolled their car, but both emerged from the roll cage with no in­juries. Wool­ridge and An­gus McKen­zie took first place over­all.

Class A was won by the Dirt­sport rac­ing team of Clint Gib­son and nav­i­ga­tor Mike Well­beloved.

Para­plegic driver Jar­rod Black­man and his nav­i­ga­tor Matthew English won in Class B and came sixth over­all.

The club sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian team, John Rowe (75) and the club’s old­est com­peti­tor Dave Gur­ney (77) won the club­man class, with Gur­ney’s daugh­ter Jane nav­i­gat­ing. Sadly Gur­ney an­nounced at prize giv­ing that this was his fi­nal race and would now be re­tir­ing af­ter a few decades in the seat of his off-road car.

The quad riders’ or­der of fin­ish­ing were Alis­tair Konigkramer, David de An­dreis, Hugo Tim­mer­mann and Gail Mitchell.

The for­mer top biker Black­man is a liv­ing in­spi­ra­tion for any­one with dis­abil­i­ties, hav­ing re­ha­bil­i­tated his body from be­ing un­able to move af­ter a bad crash to race again.

In or­der to com­pete, he is tightly strapped into his ve­hi­cle, with his left arm lashed to the steer­ing wheel and his right arm to the sliding arm of the adapted ac­cel­er­a­tor.

“It was a su­perb race course that cov­ered a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent ter­rains. The course was rough and tuff making it phys­i­cally chal­leng­ing, but be­cause of all the hard work done in my gym I was phys­i­cally up for the chal­lenge. This rac­ing sea­son has been about learn­ing and im­prov­ing our­selves and our race car. It would not have been pos­si­ble with­out our spon­sors’ ef­forts. Thanks to DCB Auto Elec­tri­cal, Agrisales, KFC, Pro­gres­sion, RXS Avi­a­tion and Kudu Signs.” — WR. • Any­one who needs ex­pert re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in the Mid­lands can con­tact Black­man via his gym on www.sci­mo­tion.co.za

TOP: The first quad home, Alis­tair Konigkramer. LEFT: Jarod Black­man and Matthew English in ac­tion.

PHO­TOS: BRETT VAN DORT PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

TOP: Gareth Wool­ridge and An­gus McKen­zie. RIGHT: Clint Gib­son and Mike Well­beloved.

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