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2011-09-18 14:04

THE WINNERS: Christiaan Otto and Marius Welgemoed repeated their 2010 win. Can they be beaten in 2012?

Christiaan Otto and Marius Welgemoed made it two in a row when they were announced as the 2011 Spirit of Africa competition winner in Bilene, Mozambique.

The duo won the 2010 event in Namibia with 1495 points, which earned them R50 000. Juan Grant and Douw Roode were second with 1305 points and earned R30 000 for their efforts. Piet and Madelein Kotze were third with 1280 points and won the R20 000 that came along with it.

500 competitors took part and the competition through two elimination stages in Upington and Kosi Bay.

YOUNG DRIVERS, NEW DIMENSION

VW's Amarok was the official vehicle for the competition and will be used again in 2012.

Veteran racer Sarel van der Merwe was impressed by the level of competition and the age of the competitors, adding that 4x4 off-roading had been the preserve of older drivers.

"Spirit of Africa has certainly attracted a new group of participants," Supervan said. "These youngsters aged between 21 and 26 bring a whole new dimension to the competition. They are more adventurous and an influential group."

"Previously we had a more traditional, older group of 4x4 drivers but this year the competition attracted youngsters."


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