Local Driving to the top

It was their second successive cross-country championship victory in the Motorite Racing BAT Viper, and Motorite’s eighth national championship since the company entered motorsport in 2005.

Hutchison, who doubles up a team manager and is the person responsible for introducing Motorite to motorsport, has won seven of these championships himself, and is one of only two drivers to win national cross-country and rally titles in the same year.

Hutchison and Stassen will again be contesting the premier Class A of the Special Vehicle category, in the locally designed and built BAT Viper, a vehicle that showcases the world-class design and technological expertise that exists in South Africa.

Last year’s championship was a close-fought affair and went right down to the last event before Hutchsion and Stassen could claim their second successive title.

They were worthy winners however, and were the only team to win more than one round of the eight-event series.

“It’s going to be just as tough again this year,” said Hutchison.”We have one of the strongest national championships in the world and teams who can hold their own with the best in the world – as South Africans have shown in the Dakar Rally for some years now,” Hutchison said.

“With the continued backing of Motorite and our other sponsors we will be aiming to extend our successful run in cross-country racing to include what we believe would be a record ninth championship in 10 years.”