TEAM SA WINS INTERNATIONAL SPIRIT OF AMAROK
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.