First place for Mtuba quad rider
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.