The Motorite Racing duo of 5 times special vehicle SA Champion, Evan Hutchison and his tenacious navigator and 2 times SA Champion Danie Stassen had their sights firmly set on playing their part in “clutching victory out of the jaws of defeat” with two events remaining in the Donaldson Cross Country SA Championship, when the bad news arrived via e-mail, effectively taking the wind out their sales. Sadly, citing logistical complications with regard to the race route, the powers that be have cancelled the penultimate championship event which was to be held in Bloemfontein, with only a week to go before Friday’s time trial, just outside Bloemfontein in the Free State Province.
This eleventh hour decision has rendered their “come from behind” challenge for Hutchison’s, 6th National championship and Motorite Racings 7th a damp squib, after their season was given much needed impetus following a season debut win in Welkom just over a month ago. With the penultimate event cancelled, there are just not enough points left for the duo to perform the proverbial “Houdini Escape” and snatch a 3rd Premier class Special Vehicle championship in a row.
No strangers to winning against all odds, Hutchison and Stassen were relishing the challenge ahead, with all the pressure firmly on Quintin and Kallie Sullwald who are leading the championship at this stage of the season. Hutchison, clearly disappointed with the commission’s decision was nevertheless humble in defeat, choosing to congratulate the Sullwald father and son team on their championship win, rather than dwell on missed opportunities, but nevertheless citing the Sullwalds’s consistency and some bad luck on Motorite Racing’s part as the teams ultimate downfall. “To have the car in tip top race condition and itching to throw everything at the remaining two events, with the odds stacked against us, and then this happens is extremely disappointing both for myself and Danie and of course our Team owners Motorite Administrators”, said Hutchison.” We will nevertheless go hell for leather in the last round, to be staged just outside Johannesburg in the hope of finishing the season on a high”.