4x4 competitors enter knockout phase
ROUND Five of the 2016 Bridgestone 4x4 Club Challenge produced some startlingly difficult obstacles and numerous ‘zero’ scores at the 4x4 tracks of the Swandani Game Lodge near Cullinan.
Almost 60 teams lined up for the event, the first of four knockout rounds, some having come from as far afield as KwaZulu-Natal.
The teams were selected from about 200 teams who had battled it out in four qualifying rounds held earlier in the year. Route master Sakkie Coetzee prepared some daunting obstacles that suited the short-wheelbase teams.
Top spot went to Garreth Goncalves and Chantelle van Niekerk in an Isuzu Frontier 320 V6, who earned the maximum 50 championship to set themselves up as the team to beat in the next round.
In the short-wheelbase class, Hans Strydom and Johan Cilliers earned a very handy 775 points in a classic SVM3000, a South African Jeep-inspired off-roader manufactured in small numbers towards the end of the 1980s. Former champions, Marco and Joe Marincowitz, clinched second place in their Merc Gelandewagen with an outstanding 815 points. But taking the more experienced teams to the cleaners were Johan Bekker and Johan van den Heever, with 820 points, in their lightweight Suzuki Jimny. — WR.
Don’t hit the pole! Johan Bekker and Johan van den Heever garnered the most points in Bridgestone 4x4 Club Challenge in their Jimny.