Bridgestone’s 2013 4x4 Club Challenge got off to a great start as the Suzuki Auto Club hosted the first round of the series.The competition, held at Leeuwenkloof farm near Hartbeespoort Dam in Gauteng, saw 30 Suzuki 4x4s tackle nine challenges of varying difficulty. Challenges included a treasure hunt, medium grade 4x4 tests and a “blind driving test” which involved blind folded drivers navigating obstacles with the help of their respective co-drivers.'FLIPENAWESOME' VICTORYFlip Kotze and Herman Steyn claimed first place in their “FlipenAwesome” Suzuki Jimny 1.3. The experienced team and former Bridgestone Fundi Challenge front-runners won a R10 000 tyre voucher from Bridgestone. Steven Grieve and Saleem Barmania demonstrated that their Grand Vitara 2.4 may be bigger, but was no less capable than the Jimny to take second place. The pair bagged a set of spotlights valued at R4000.Danie Tait and Liaan Fourie were third in their vintage Suzuki SJ Samurai called “Mongoose”. The pair took home a hand winch.Suzuki Jimny crew Brett Bailey and Natalie Shephard won a R2000 environmental award for being the most environmentally considerate fashion drivers of the day.The top three finishers have now earned spots in the Bridgestone Club Challenge Final in November 2013 to compete against the top crews of all the major 4x4 clubs in South Africa.Bridgestone’s Daniel Barbosa said: “Round 1 was exactly the kind of exciting opening event we needed to give the 2013 series momentum. This format seems like it is going to be very successful. The atmosphere during the event was festive and relaxed and everybody was having a great time."MERCEDES NEXT TO HOSTThe overall winners will take home a R50 000Conqueror Courage off-road trailer, second a R20 000 fully-adjustable Tough Dog suspension system.The next event on the Bridgestone 4x4 Club Challenge calendar will be hosted by the Mercedes-Benz SA G-Xtreme Club on March 16 2013.If you have any 4x4 club news, email us, along with some pictures, and we'll do our best to publish it.