The team from KwaZulu-Natal, Lance Trethewey and Adriaan Roets, will be the team to chase in the Special Vehicle category of the South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) after they took the overall lead with their BAT when claiming the Mpumalanga 400 victory at Dullstroom recently.
The battle at the front of the Special Vehicle category is as intense as always with Trethewey/Roets scoring a hat-trick of victories after also winning the final two events of the 2018 season.
They are leading Taahir/Talha Moosajee (Tyre Rack Stryker) by seven points in the overall standings with the consistent John Telford/Victor Ntsekhe (Calcamite BAT) rounding off the overall podium after finishing third at Dullstroom. Telford/Ntsekhe trail the Moosajees by five points.
The defending Special Vehicle Navigator champion, Sandra Labuscagne-Jonck, is now behind the wheel of the Total Agri Porter with husband Jaco reading the notes. After a troublesome start to the season at the opening event, the first points are however on the scoreboard with Team Jonck in fourth place overall, a mere three points behind Telford/Ntsekhe.
All competitors who started the Mpumalanga 400, received a five point bonus in the Class A championship to add to their tally. This means that Trethewey/Roets leads the Class A standings by seven points from Team Moosajee who is second. The Moosajees are again five points ahead of Telford and Ntsekhe in third place with Labuscagne-Jonck/Jonck three points further adrift in fourth place in the battle for the Class A championship titles.
John Thomson/Maurice Zermatten (Zarco) could not finish the Mpumalanga 400, but received five points towards their Class A championship challenge and share the same amount of points with Rayhaan/Lais Bodhanya (Tyre Rack Porter) who started the race but after a roll in the Qualifying race on Friday, could not start the event on Saturday.
In the Side x Side Championship, the Mostert brothers, Werner behind the wheel and Leon reading the notes in the navigator’s seat, are the early leaders after winning the Mpumalanga 400. Teams in the Side x Side class are now competing for national championship titles and tough competition already marked the season opener.
Only three points separate the Mosterts from Gerry van der Byl/Andrew Katay in the second place while Ashley Bradbury/Timmy Botes are third, three points behind the former motorcycle rider and Katay. Peter Walter/Shaun de Villiers fill the fourth place in the standings, a mere two points behind Bradbury/Botes. All teams competed with Can-Am Maverick SxS vehicles and had to complete the full race distance.
The second chance for competitors to score points towards the overall standings and the Class A championship in the Special Vehicle category as well as the Side x Side championship, is the Berg 400 that will take place on 17 and 18 May from the Waffle Hut approximately 10 kilometres from Winterton in KwaZulu-Natal.