First place for Mtuba quad rider

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO SPORT - Tam­lyn Jolly

BACK from a brief break from quad bike rac­ing, Mtu­batuba’s Hugo Tim­mer­man emerged vic­to­ri­ous as he took first place in last week­end’s Zane Rencken Tribute Rally.

The in­au­gu­ral memo­rial event was held in Dal­ton, hosted by the Dal­ton Farmer’s Hall, and in­cluded both rally cars and quads.

Amid early sum­mer heat and try­ing rid­ing con­di­tions, the field of six quads was even­tu­ally whit­tled down to just two, with Tim­mer­man tak­ing gold and fel­low quad rider, Gail Mitchell, sil­ver.

All six quads started the six-stage race strongly, but early into stage two Daniel Botes lost the back wheel of his KTM, the back car­bon fi­bre mag ripped in pieces and he had to coast to a safe area on three wheels.

Daniel Botes Ju­nior set a good pace for the first two stages on his LTR Suzuki but was forced into early re­tire­ment with an oil leak.

Even­tu­ally four of the six quad rid­ers who started the race re­tired for var­i­ous rea­sons, in­clud­ing oil leaks and boil­ing fuel, leav­ing only Tim­mer­man and Mitchell to fin­ish all six stages.

The rally was or­gan­ised by Pi­eter­mar­itzburg-based rally driver Dean Redel­inghuys and his nav­i­ga­tor Amon Meyiwa.

The late Zane Rencken, a fel­low rally driver, trag­i­cally lost his life ear­lier this year in an in­ci­dent un­re­lated to the sport.

The event at­tracted the largest field of cars to a re­gional rally in liv­ing mem­ory, with 38 crews rac­ing eight in­vig­o­rat­ing stages through cane fields and plan­ta­tions.

And with driv­ers from both Mo­tor­sport South Africa and Arro lin­ing up on the start­ing line, the com­pe­ti­tion was al­ways go­ing to be fierce.

The top 10 cars were Chal­lenor/ Bishop (1:26:23), Labuscagne/ Chad­wick (1:29:39), Marais/

Huzak (1:30:18), Pi­eters/Truter (1:38:05), Raaths/Menge (1:39:21), Simp­son/Raaths (1:39:30), Du Bruin broth­ers (1:40:51), The Pal­las (1:42:31), Raaths/Brits (1:43:44) and Prinsloo/Hart­slief (1:45:35).

The top five off-road cars were Brad­bury/Van Der Merwe (1:22:48), Roberts/Roberts (1:22:55), Du Randt/Kohne (1:24:04), Tony Ball (1:28:27) and Botes/Ven­ter (1:36:05).

The top three in the so­cial class were Gou­veia/Ed­die (1:48:36), Graaf/Graaf (1:54:03) and Van Der Merwe/Van Breda (2:00:40).

The rally was the first to have been live streamed by LiveU, chang­ing the way the world views sport.

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