Faster through the fog
Last race for local legend at Mooi River 250 as young turks step up the pace
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.
TOP: Gareth Woolridge and Angus McKenzie. RIGHT: Clint Gibson and Mike Wellbeloved.