Gibson and Campbell continue to lead Special Vehicle South Africa Rally Championship
KwaZulu-Natal crew Clint Gibson and Gary Campbell continued to hold onto the lead in the Special Vehicle category after the Nkomazi 400, round two of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, in Mpumalanga.
After their win on the RFS 400, the opening event of the year, fourth place in Mpumalanga in the Dirt Sport Components Porter was enough to keep Gibson and Campbell nine points clear of reigning champions Evan Hutchison and Danie Stassen (Motorite BAT Venom) and Nkomazi 400 winners Colin Matthews and Alan Smith in the Century Racing CR3. Steady runs have kept Hutchison and Stassen in contention, while the Nkomazi win rocketed Matthews and Smith up the standings.
Father and son combinations dominate the rest of the top five places. Nick and Ryan Harper, in the second Motorite BAT Venom, share third place with former champions Quintin and Kallie Sullwald in the Elegant Fuel BAT Venom and are 15 points adrift of the leaders. Next up are Hermann and Wichard Sullwald, also former champions, in the Elegant Fuel Porter, and Clint Gibson’s brother Glenn and Clint Brook in the Dirt Sport Components BAT.
Because of Class P interference in the overall results, the order in the Class A championship is slightly different. Gibson/Campbell continue to lead Hutchison and Stassen ahead of the sister car of Quintin/Kallie Sullwald and Herman/Wichard Sullwald with the Harpers completing the top five.
Victory on the Nkomazi 400 lifted Matthews and Smith to the top of the Class P standings. For the Johannesburg crew it was their third overall win in a Class P car after successes on the 2011 Adenco 400 in the Western Cape, and the Atlas Copco Timbertrack 400 last season.
Matthews and Smith are four points clear of RFS 400 winners John Thomson and Maurice Zermatten in a Zarco.
The next event on the calendar is the Toyota Dealer Sugarbelt 400 on and May 17 and 18 with the Donaldson Cross Country Championship returning to Eston on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg.