Johann and Corne Marx have won the 2012 Bridgestone 4x4 Fundi Challenge, held just outside Bloemfontein, in their Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen.Image galleryThe husband-and-wife team went into the last round of the six-leg series, held at Die Oewer farm outside Bloemfontein in the Free State, in third place. SUZUKI JIMNYS VERSUS THE RESTTwo of the previous five rounds had been won by the pint-sized Suzuki Jimnys and while the leaderboard was dominated by big off-roaders such as a V8 Range Rover and several Geländewagens, an upset was always on the cards. The final challenge, however, was so extreme that organiser Daniel Barbosa, for Bridgestone, banned spectators from the vehicles. Spectators on the trail were also restricted to locations where their safety would be assured. Heeding Barbosa’s warning to not sacrifice vehicles to obstacles, the teams readily bypassed the muddy second obstacle to make their way along a route featuring treacherous climbs and descents, axle-twisting sections and daringly cambered tracks. A muddy ravine took its toll as several vehicles slid onto the route poles, losing valuable points. Crews were, however, presented with two optional challenges to help them make up points. A tricky donga section and a frighteningly steep ascent saw may teams make a go at the bonus points, guaranteed with point points on the first try or a score of zero. TUNE INBy the end of the course, the Marx team had done enough to subdue the Suzuki Jimny of Flip Kotze and Herman Steyn into second place. The 2011 champions, father-and-son Joe and Marco Marincowitz finished in third position in yet another Geländewagen.First prize was a Conqueror off-road caravan valued at R80 000, with other runner-up prizes from Opposite Lock and Boltons GPS Warehouse. Stephan Schoombie and Riku Wessels (Mitsubishi Triton) scooped the R20 000 cash prize for the team that showed the best environmental awareness, while R60 000 of Bridgestone tyres went to the Mercedes Benz G-Xtreme Club.The 2012 Bridgestone 4x4 Fundi Challenge will be broadcast on DStv’s Ignition channel (265), from October 6, 2012 at 8.30pm. TOP TEN TEAMS: 2012 BRIDGESTONE 4X4 FUNDI CHALLENGEJohan and Corne Marx Mercedes Geländewagen 428.340 pointsPhilippus Kotze and Hermanus Steyn Suzuki Jimny 426.450 pointsMarco and Joe Marincowitz Mercedes Geländewagen 424.590 pointsJohn and Desire Fuller Mercedes Geländewagen 422.930 pointsGraham Jupp and Bruce Hains Mercedes Geländewagen 417.920 pointsAdriaan Aucamp and Gerrit van Wyk Range Rover 417.100 pointsAnton and Connie Coetzee Mercedes Geländewagen 412.450 pointsJohan and Maryke Reichel Toyota Fortuner 409.650 pointsRiaan Goede and Marius van Niekerk Suzuki Jimny 407.320 pointsJohan Terblanche and Marlene Muller Isuzu KB 407.020 pointsWere YOU on the Challenge? Send us your pictures, with names and a caption, and we'll add them to this report as an image gallery.