Treacherous conditions typified the penultimate round of the ABSA Off Road Championship, the Lydenburg 400. Team Ford Racing had a mixed day of results with two cars falling victim to the difficult conditions and one making it to the podium.
Brandon Harcus and Juan Mohr did a fantastic job to take third place in the production vehicle category. “The conditions were really difficult this weekend. We saw everything from rain, to hail to sunshine, while at times visibility was virtually nonexistent. The team did a really great job under difficult circumstances and we’re very pleased with the result.”
Neil Woolridge and Kenny Skjoldhammer piloting the second Ford SP Ranger had a difficult outing. The pairing got off to a good start, leading the field in the opening loop. Sadly their challenge was cut short when they too fell victim to the treacherous conditions.
“We had some damage to the suspension about 100km into the race,” explained Woolridge who suspected a rock had caused the damage. “We did our best to repair the damage but in the end it was too severe and we had to call it a day. That’s racing I guess.”
Jack Peckham and Lucio Santoro fell victim to a similar fate also retiring with suspension troubles. “The conditions were very difficult, but all credit to the organisers who did a fantastic job. We’re obviously very disappointed that we didn’t make it to the finish but we’ll now be looking to have a strong finish at the final outing at Ford Carnival City 400 at the end of the month,” commented Peckham.
Privateers Cor van Os and Arjen Kuipers in the Barclays Class E Ford Ranger were halted with clutch difficulties, while newcomers to the SP production class, Mark Ferguson and Craig West in their Special Steels SP Ranger, showed great potential but were time barred after struggling through the difficult conditions. Kobus van Tonder and Riaan Guelpa in their Unifreight SP Ranger did a great job to be one of the few SP runners to make it to the finish line.
“The conditions were very difficult this weekend resulting in a very high attrition rate. Brandon and Juan did a great job making it to the finish in third place, while the team also need to be thanked for all their efforts in less than favourable circumstances. Despite our troubles we were very happy with the cars, we showed good pace and we’ll be looking to capitalise on this at the next round,” concluded Woolridge.
Team Ford Racing would like to thank their sponsors; Ford Motor Company, Ford, Ford Credit, Rockford Fosgate, Sign Solutions, Time Freight, Harden Panel beaters and the Ford spectators for all their support.