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Team South Africa took gold again and de­fended their ti­tle of in­ter­na­tional am­a­teur 4×4 pre­ci­sion driv­ing cham­pi­ons in the Spirit of Amarok Tro­phy, which took place in the Kala­hari Desert on 13–19 Au­gust. Over and above brag­ging rights, Team South Africa walked away with the R60 000 main cash prize.

The South African duo of Juan Grant and Mar­ius Henn came out tops as the over­all win­ning team against stiff com­pe­ti­tion from 20 other teams from Aus­tralia, Botswana, Ger­many, Namibia, Rus­sia, South Africa and the United King­dom.

The com­pe­ti­tion saw each coun­try be­ing rep­re­sented by three teams who show­cased their off-road driv­ing skills in the un­re­lent­ing dunes and pans of the Kala­hari Desert. The par­tic­i­pants con­tested sev­eral speed and tech­ni­cal chal­lenges in ex­treme of­froad con­di­tions over four days in 132kW man­ual 4Mo­tion Amaroks.

At the end of the four­day com­pe­ti­tion, Team South Africa had amassed a to­tal of 7 212 points to take the gold medal, fol­lowed by Team Namibia claim­ing sil­ver with 6 246 points. Team Rus­sia took bronze with 4 797 points, sneak­ing onto the podium just 360 points ahead of Team Aus­tralia.

In the in­di­vid­ual com­pe­ti­tion, Al­wyn and Me­lanie Jor­daan from Namibia scored 2 503 points, com­ing in sec­ond be­hind the Grant and Henn pair with their 2 652 points. South African duo Jog­gie and Al­bert Otto rounded off the top three with a to­tal of 2 355 points.

“The Spirit of Amarok Tro­phy demon­strates Amarok’s im­pres­sive off-road ca­pa­bil­i­ties and pro­vides con­tes­tants with an op­por­tu­nity to test their off-road driv­ing skills and ex­pe­ri­ence off-road driv­ing at its tough­est,” said Jaco Steenekamp, gen­eral man­ager for sales and mar­ket­ing at VW Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles.

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