Motorite Racing’s Evan Hutchinson clinched his seventh South African Special Vehicle championship with a race to spare over the weekend, as he steered the Motorite BAT Viper navigated by Danie Stassen to a safe second in the Vryburg Endurance Race in the Northwest Province on Saturday.
“I suppose its time for another new sticker,” Hutchinson smiled as he pointed out the decal on the newly rebranded Motorite BAT depicting his 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013 SA Cross County Titles. “I have to say I am delighted — we had a dominant start to the season and once we had drawn clear of Lance Trethewey and Geoff Minnit in the championship chase with our two wins, we just needed to be consistent.
“We had a rare electrical fault that pegged us back when we retired last race, but Lady Luck was on our side today and it was Lance and Geoff’s chance to retire and by finishing second to the guys who won the battle today, we have enough points in hand to see to it that Mark Corbett and Juan Mohr need more than they can score next race to beat us – we are the champions!”
I need to thank all my sponsors — especially Motorite and the whole team — not least my navigator Danie, who also adds another SA championship to his tally on his birthday! But it’s my seventh SA championship – man I’m happy!”
The final round of the SA Cross Country Championship is run on the West Rand around Westonaria 30-31 October, where Hutchinson, Stassen and the Motorite BAT have little more to do than celebrate Evan’s seventh title – expect fireworks on the goldfields.