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2011-05-30 11:14

NAVARA VERSUS HILUX: Thomas Rundle and Juan Mohr (Nissan Navara) lead the local off-road racing championship, besting the might of Toyota’s factory racing team. For now...

Two private Nissan teams still lead the premier Production Vehicle category after three rounds of the National Off-Road racing championship.
 
Thomas Rundle and Juan Mohr (Nissan Navara) started from the back of the field on the recent Atlas Copco 400 in kwaZulu-Natal and a fighting fifth place salvaged enough points to keep them top of the standings – but only by two points.

Toyota Dealer 400 winners Mike Whitehouse and Matthew Carlson were on the podium for the second time in a row and third place kept the Regent Racing Nissan Navara pair snapping at the heels of the Barden crew.

Victory in KZN saw former SA champion Duncan Vos and Rob Howie (factory Toyota Hilux) move into third place. A rearguard action on the Atlas Copco event also saw Terence Marsh and George Smalberger salvage enough points to move into fourth in the second  Navara.

A DNF in KZN dropped Adenco 400 winners Hannes Grobler and Hennie ter Stege to fifth in their BMW X3. They are only a point ahead of fellow veterans Jannie Visser and Joks le Roux in their Hilux.

In the premier SP Class Rundle/Mohr lead Whitehouse/Carlson by three points with Vos/Howie moving into fourth behind Marsh and Smalberger.

FAMILY TIES IN SPECIAL VEHICLE SECTION

Meanwhile, a family feud is simmering in the Special Vehicle category in the Off-Road championship.

After three rounds of the series two Sullwald father and son teams are locked together at the top of the overall standings in the Special Vehicle category. A win on the Atlas Copco 400 in KZN took Hermann and Wichard Sullwald, in the SVR, into a tie with reigning champions Kallie and Quinton Sullwald in a BAT.

Kallie and Hermann won the South African championship together more than a decade ago and Kallie and Quintin were champions in 2007 and 2010.

The Toyota 1000 Desert Race in Botswana will be the next round of the 2011 Off-Road championship from June 24-26. The pressure is on the factory Toyota Hilux team as the Japanese auto giant’s chargers haven't won their sponsored event for a decade...
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