Donaldson SA Cross Country country championship leaders, Motorite BAT Viper duo Evan Hutchison and Danie Stassen head to the fourth round of the title chase, the Nkomazi 450 in Mpumalanga on August 7 and 8 with new colours and a comfortable 27 point advantage.
Hutchinson and Stassen won the opening round as well as both heats of the recent Toyota 1000 Botswana Desert marathon event, while also finishing second in the Sugar Belt and now look forward to consolidating that advantage in Mphumalanga.
“The Desert race is a gruelling affair and the war and tear on our Motorite Racing Bat Viper was significant,” Hutchinson explained. “The desert thorn trees basically rip everything apart and the car was looking quite the worse for wear in spite of a most succesful weekend in Botswana. 
“So not only have we completely rebuilt it the a new body, but we have changed our colour scheme too – testing is done and dustedand we are ready to race the Nkomazi 450. “Its amazing how the boys at the workshop get the car back to new after every race – special thanks to them!”
Based in Malalane, the Nkomazi 450 comprises the usual Cross Country sprint race format a 100 kilometre qualifying race Friday August 7, with the main race on August 8 to be run over two 175 kilometre laps with a compulsory 20 minute service in between.
“We are relishing next weekend,” Hutcinson concluded. “The more points you take to a race, the more you enjoy the race and that’s exactly what we intend to do…”