2011 Adenco 400 race results

ADENCO 400 VICTORY FOR RFS PRODUCTION VEHICLE CREW

Darling, Saturday – Veterans Hannes Grobler and Hennie ter Stege made a dream start to the season when they won the Production Vehicle category on the Adenco 400, the opening round of the Absa Off Road Championship, which ended here today.

Grobler, who is into his 35th year of motor racing, and ter Stege called on all their experience and know how to dominate the weekend in the diesel powered RFS BMW X3. The pair won the Donaldson Prologue on Friday to start first on the road, and then closed the door on Thomas Rundle and Juan Mohr to finish five and a half minutes ahead of the Barden Nissan Navara.

Grobler and ter Stege lost three minutes at the end of the first of two
loops that made up the race for prop shaft repairs, while Rundle and Mohr
were left to rue two punctures at the same spot on a tough and technical
route run in searing heat. After under achieving last season it was,
however, an encouraging start for Rundle and Mohr.

A surprise result saw former Class E champions Jannie Visser and Joks le
Roux score their best ever national result by taking the final podium place
in the Team Barberspan Toyota Hilux. Visser is the elder brother of reigning
South African champion Chris Visser who had to retire on his debut for the
factory Ford Racing team.

“Winning the prologue was the key to our victory,” said Grobler. “Hennie and
I knew we had to have a good start position to have a chance, and winning
the prologue gave us the edge we needed.

“A win early in the season is always a boost, and this will lift confidence
levels in the entire team.”

A solid performance saw Terence Marsh and George Smalberger finish fourth in
the ex factory Regent Racing Nissan Navara with the pair holding off Gary
Bertholdt and Andre Vermeulen in the Atlas Copco Toyota Hilux. Repairing
broken front differential mountings cost the Atlas Copco crew a wad of time
at the end of the first of two loops that made up the race.

With more fancied crews running into problems Louw de Bruin/Riaan Greyling
(Ruwacon Ford Ranger), Christiaan du Plooy/Henk Janse van Vuuren (RFS Toyota
Hilux) and Malcolm Kok/Johan Burger (Team Barberspan Toyota Hilux) move up
the pecking order to grab top eight finishes.

Among those for whom the weekend turned into a disappointment were Visser
and Badenhorst and the two new Team Castrol Toyota Hilux cars. Former SA
champion Duncan Vos and Rob Howie and Anthony Taylor and Chris Birkin ran
into teething problems with the Toyota Hilux double cabs.

While Taylor/Birkin eventually had to call it a day, Vos and Howie battled
to 10th place in the premier SP Class with both cars suffering from fuel
starvation and prop shaft problems. It was also a long day for Visser and
Badenhorst who showed their fighting qualities and, after a myriad of
problems, the crew were the last of the 12 classified finishers in the SP
Class.

Reigning Class D champions Deon Venter and Ian Palmer took the Class D
honours in the 4×4 Mega World Toyota Hilux. They were never in trouble after
teenager Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable (Ford Racing Ranger) ran into
problems on the prologue and had to start from the back of the field.

Brothers  Jack and Sarel Oosthuizen were a solid third in a Land Rover with
Hein Moolman and JD Wolfaardt fourth in a second 4×4 Mega World Toyota
Hilux. It was tough going for the Class D crews and even tougher for Class E
entrants where there were no finishers.

MAIDEN SPECIAL VEHICLE WIN FOR MATTHEWS/SMITH ON ADENCO 400

Darling, Saturday – Century Racing crew Colin Matthews and Alan Smith got a
monkey off their backs when they won the Special Vehicle category at the
opening round of this year’s Absa Off Road Championship, the Adenco 400,
which finished here today.

It was a maiden win for a team previously known as Donaldson Prologue
specialists and provided the Class P brigade with a third overall victory in
the national championship. Matthews and Smith won the Friday prologue to
determine start positions, and then dominated the race to finish around
eight minutes ahead of the father and son combination of Nick and Ryan
Harper in the Motorite BAT.

For the Harpers, with Ryan making a return to racing after a long term
shoulder injury, it was their first outing in the Motorite team running the
premier Class A category.

The podium was completed by the reigning South African champions Kallie and
Quintin Sullwald who overcame a ten minute penalty during the Friday
prologue to determine start positions for the race.

“It was a long time coming but it was worth the wait,” said a delighted
Matthews. “Over the last 80 kilometres of the race we were a little worried
about a noise from the back of the car, and eased up a little.

“Other than that the prologue and the race were trouble free, and we were
left wondering what took us so long to finally win an event.”

Both the Harpers and the Sullwald’s had solid weekends that augur well for
the rest of the season. The Harpers were as steady as ever, while the
Sullwald’s again showed an aggressive streak that makes them such tough
competitors.

“We have messed up this race before, and were determined to make a solid
start to the season,” said Harper senior. “It worked out well and it is
always nice to get on the podium on debut for a new team.”

Reigning Class P champions Johan van Staden and James Rossouw, in the Atlas
Copco BAT, also had to overcome a 10 minute penalty to finish fourth overall
in their Class A debut. The top five were rounded out by KwaZulu-Natal crew
Don Thomson and Wayne Foster, in another Class P entry with the pair, in an
ageing Zarco, were slowed late in the race with a broken radiator pipe.

It was a good event for Class P crews who also supplied the next three
places. The husband and wife pairing of Marius and Jolinda Fourie (BHP BAT)
led home brothers Johan and Etienne Bezuidenhout, in the Adenco BAT, and RFS
Magalies 400 winners Archie Rutherford and Mike Lawrenson in the Regent
Racing Jimco.

Keith du Toit and Ashley Thorn, in the White Star Racing BAT, were ninth
overall and fourth in Class A despite a starter motor malfunction. Behind
them yet another Class P crew in debutant Richard Fuller and old timer Geoff
Minnitt rounded out the top 10 in the Atlas Copco BAT after also running
into starter problems.

A tough and technical route and intense heat took a heavy toll. A troubled
first race in the Total BAT saw Shameer Variawa and Siegfried Rossouw finish
a lowly 11th  and fifth in Class A, while former South African champions
Evan Hutchison and Danie Stassen were forced to retire the Motorite 4×4
Revo1 with a broken prop shaft.

Jimmy Zahos and Stefan Coetzee (Cobalt Racing Porter) and brothers Brett and
Steve Parker (Jimco) were also among the non finishers on what was a tough
event  with which to kick off the season.

There was also a maiden win in Class B for Keith Makenete and debutant
co-driver Letlatsa Lehana in a Zarco. After the retirement of the
father/daughter combination of Coetzee and Sandra Labuscagne, with the
Raysonics Zarco suffering from a gearbox failure, Makenete and Lehana
gradually ground down veteran Peter Pfumfei (WPP) who is making a return to
national competition this year.

ISSUED SA NATIONAL OFF ROAD CAR RACING ASSOCIATION
WEBSITE www.saoffroadracing.co.za
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Darling calendar of annual events 2011

Monthly throughout 2011

Duckitt Nurseries Open Day

Date:  First Saturday of every month May to November

Venue: Duckitt Ochid Nursery, Oudepost Farm,R315  Darling

Tel: +27 22 492 2606

E_mail info@duckittnurseries.co.za

Website : www.duckittnurseries.co.za

 

Darling Country Market

Date: Last Saturday of each month

Time: 9h00 until 12h30

Venue: Nitrophoska Building, Main Road, Darling

Tel: 082 927 6225

 

February 2011

Darling Music Experience – Concerts in the Country

Date: 25 – 27 February

Venue: Various in Darling

Tel +27 22 492 3996

 

Darling Cellars Crush day

Date: 26 Feb

Venue: Darling Cellars R315 Darling-Malmesbury

Tel:         022 492 2276

 

Ride the Wind with the CA2C – Cycle Race
Date: 26 Feb 2011

Venue: From Clara Anna Fontein in Durbanville to Darling

www.ca2c.co.za

 

March 2011

Adenco 400 (Absa Off Road Championship)

Date: 11 – 12 March

Venue:  Darling Club, Darling

Tel:         082 8077 797 (Bill Bright)

 

April 2011

Darling Passion Play

Date: Good Friday 22 April

Time: 16:30 for 17:00

Venue: The Vlei – opposite Evita se Perron, Darling

Tel : 074 369 8212 (Sarie Vlotman)

Admission is free (although donations are always appreciated)

 

May 2011

The Wonderful Wines of Darling at Trinity Lodge

Date: Every Saturday night in May

Venue: Trinity Lodge

Tel 022 492 3430/083 325 4148 (Shaun Mc Laughlin)

www.trinitylodge.co.za

 

Darling Museum Crafters Day

Date: Sat 21 May

Time: 10h00 until 14h00

Venue: Darling Museum

Tel +27 22 492 3361

 

Darling Half Marathon

Date: Sat 21 May

Venue: Darling Primary , Kalkoentjie Street Darling

Tel:          Mary Ashford 082 684 5575

 

July 2011

Xmas in July

Date: Weekends throughout July

Evita se Perron

Tel: Bookings (022) 492 3930

www.evita.co.za

 

August 2011

Wildflower Game Drives

Date: mid-Aug to mid-Oct

Venue: Burgherspost Wine Estate

Tel: +27 22 492 2830 /  084 606 3470

e-mail: nature@cloof.co.za

www.burgherspost.co.za http://www.cloof.co.za

 

September 2011

Wildflower Game Drives

Date: mid-Aug to mid-Oct

Venue: Burgherspost Wine Estate

Tel: +27 22 492 2830 /  084 606 3470

e-mail: nature@cloof.co.za

www.burgherspost.co.za http://www.cloof.co.za

 

Darling   Voorkamerfest

Date: 02 – 04 Sept

Venue: Evita se Perron

Tel : Tasha Reid  082 321 7542

www.voorkamerfest-darling.co.za

 

Duckitt Nurseries Orchid Show

Date: Thurs 15 -Sun 18      Sept

Venue Oudepost Farm, R315 Darling

Tel: (022) 492-2606

www.duckittnurseries.co.za

 

Darling Wildflower Show

Date: Fri 16 Sept to Sun 18 Sept

Venue: Darling Club, Jacaranda Street Darling

Tel:         (022) 492-3361

http://www.darlingwildflowers.co.za

 

Wildflower Game Drives

Date: mid-Aug to mid-Oct

Venue: Burgherspost Wine Estate

Tel: +27 22 492 2830 /  084 606 3470

e-mail: nature@cloof.co.za

www.burgherspost.co.za http://www.cloof.co.za

 

Renosterveld MTB Cycle Race – Ride the Rhino
Date: 30 September to 2 October 2011
Venue: Three day, stage race starting in Langebaan, Darling, Malmesbury ending in Durbanville.

E-mail info@renosterveldmtb.co.za

www.renosterveldmtb.co.za

 

October 2011

Rocking the Daisies music festival

Date: 7,8,9 October

Venue:   Cloof Wine Estate, Darling

www.rockingthedaisies.com

 

Darling Gymkhana

Date:

Venue    Darling Club, Darling

Tel:         022 492 3013

 

Wildflower Game Drives

Date: mid-Aug to mid-Oct

Venue: Burgherspost Wine Estate

Tel: +27 22 492 2830 /  084 606 3470

e-mail: nature@cloof.co.za

www.burgherspost.co.za http://www.cloof.co.za

 

November 2011

The Wonderful Wines of Darling at Trinity Lodge

Date: Every Saturday night in November

Venue: Trinity Lodge

Tel 022 492 3430/083 325 4148 (Shaun Mc Laughlin)

www.trinitylodge.co.za

 

December 2011

Evita se Perron Christmas Season

Date : Throughout  Dec

Venue : Evita se Perron, Arcadia Street Darling

Tel: 022 492 3930

E-mail: bookings@evita.co.za

www.evita.co.za