Second Donaldson Cross Country Championship outing for new class


    The new Class G or Side by Side category will have its second official outing at the Toyota Dealer 450 in Mooi River on April 4 and 5.


    The race is round two of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship with Class G run for the first time at the season opener, the RFS 450, in Harrismith. The Mooi River event will also incorporate a round of the KwaZulu-Natal regional championship.

    Class G, designed to be a feeder series for the national championship, will again see competitors completing a 100 kilometre qualifying race, and one loop of the two laps that make up the national championship event. Only the Polaris RZR and Can-Am Maverick models are eligible for Class G, and the category runs independently of the Donaldson premier categories and crews start after the national competitors.

    Leander Pienaar, this time round partnered by Stephan Marais, dominated both the qualifying race and the main event at the RFS 450. The major opposition for the pair is likely to again come from Pietermaritzburg youngster Gareth Woolridge and Simon Harrison (Polaris Razor), and motorcycle trick rider Brian Capper and Jaco Swart in the Regent Racing Polaris.

    On the KZN regional front there is potential for drama with a string of national championship regulars going into battle in Class A. Clint Gibson and Gary Campbell (Dirt Sport Components Porter) edged out Arthur Barnes and Anthony Usher in the opening round, but face additional tough competition from the likes of Daniel Brookes/Gavan Gray (Ducatis BAT), Lance Trethewey/Geoff Minnitt (LTE BAT Venom), Glenn Gibson/Clint Brook (Dirt Sport Components BAT) and Reg Sutton and Warren Benecke in a Zarco.

    Crews who have entered only the KZN regional event will complete one loop of the two laps that make up the national race. Those who have entered both the regional and national races will complete both loops.

    In the KZN Class B category Rob Spencer and Kevin Theron (Zarco Lite) will again cross swords with Gareth Woolridge and Simon Harrison in the Polaris Razor. Also in the mix will be Carl van der Merwe and Mark Olivier (Aceco) who also made a solid start to the season in Harrismith.

    Race headquarters, the start/finish and the designated service park will all be located at the Weston Agricultural College on the outskirts of Mooi River. Public access to these areas and viewing points along the route is free of charge, with spectator guides available at race headquarters

    The qualifying race to determine race grid positions will start at 11:30 on Friday, 4 April and the race at 08:30 on Saturday, 5 April.