Former Champions join Reigning Champions in Special Vehicle category
A two- car Motorite Racing Team will be in maximum attack mode at the RFS Vryburg Endurance taking place in the North West Province on 1st and 2nd April 2016. This will be the opening round of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship racing event. Reigning Special Vehicle champions Evan Hutchison and Danie Stassen, driving a Motorite BAT Viper, will be joined this season by former champions Quintin and Kallie Sullwald in a Motorite BAT Venom. This combination is a sure-fire way to catch the attention of the opposition.
Hutchison operates out of Kyalami and is a six time Special Vehicle category champion, whilst co-driver Stassen, hailing from Phalaborwa, is a three time champion. The Sullwalds are returning from a sabbatical in 2015, following their podium win of the Special Vehicle title in 2014. The pair holds a unique record in cross country racing, winning championships with father Karl-Heinz doing the driving and son Quintin the navigating, and vice versa.
“We are delighted to have Quintin and Kallie on board this season and I think it goes without saying that the Motorite Racing team will be an extremely competitive force to reckon with” said Hutchison. “There is plenty of talent in the opposition ranks and it is going to be a competitive season, but I think we hold the edge.
“During the off season, the cars have been rebuilt virtually from scratch, allowing us to take a great deal of confidence into the Vryburg race.”
For their part the Sullwalds are more than delighted to be back in the Donaldson fold. Sitting on the sidelines last season was a difficult pill to swallow. “We are ecstatic to be back in the thick of things,” said the younger Sullwald. “We owe a huge vote of thanks to our sponsors MotoVantage and Motorite for giving us the opportunity to race again.
“We also owe a vote of thanks to the technical team at Motorite Racing for the work that has gone into preparing the BAT Venom for the Vryburg race.”
The Motorite Racing Team has had a busy time preparing the cars and planning ahead for the rest of the season. There has been a welcome boost from Action Ford in Krugersdorp who have sponsored the team in providing additional logistical support.
“The guys at Action Ford have cross country racing at heart,” Hutchison said, “and the logistical support they will provide will ease the burden over a long and hard season. The best way we can reward them is to produce good race results.”
The RFS Endurance will be the focal point of a bumper week of motor racing in a region that is the spiritual home of off road racing. The RFS Endurance will be run in conjunction with the second round of the Northern Regions Cross Country Championship and the first round of the SA Off Road Motorcycle and Quad Championship.
The qualifying race to determine grid positions for the RFS Endurance will be run over a 190 kilometre route starting at 10h30 on 1st April 2016. The race the next day will consist of two loops of 245 kilometres with a compulsory 20 minute service halt at the end of the first loop. This race starts at 07h30 on 2nd April 2016.
Race headquarters for all categories, the start/finish and the designated service park will all be located at the Vryburg Motor Club. Access to these areas and numerous designated spectator points along the route, is free of charge.