South Africa Motorsport: Stefan Terblanche at the Toyota Dealer Sugarbelt 400



Stefan Terblanche

Former Springbok and Sharks utility back Stefan Terblanche will have a second bite of the cherry at the Toyota Dealer Sugarbelt 400, round three of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, in the Eston area near Pietermaritzburg on May 17 and 18.

Stefan was last season the second celebrity star to sit alongside Archie Rutherford in the Imperial Automotive Nissan Navara at the 4×4 Mega World 400 run at Carnival City on the East Rand. Now Stefan will rejoin Rutherford with the pair looking for a repeat of their top 10 finish on the Carnival City event.

The Imperial Automotive entry competes in the Donaldson Cross Country Championship under the Regent Racing banner, and the former Springbok is the first of the celebrity stars to come back for a second helping of national cross country racing. The celebrity stars include in their ranks cricketers ‘Vinnige’ Fanie de Villiers and Jonty Rhodes, Paralympics swimming legend Natalie du Toit, idols star Heinz Winckler and surfer, international model and TV star Roxy Louw.

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“Ever since the 4×4 Mega World race Stefan has pestered us for another opportunity to go racing,” said Regent Racing team principal Terence Marsh who is a former professional cricketer. “Stefan was hugely popular during his days with the Sharks, and with the Toyota Dealer Sugarbelt 400 being run in KwaZulu-Natal it was the ideal occasion to bow to Stefan’s requests for another stint alongside Archie.

“This time around Stefan will know what to expect and he and Archie will be looking to improve on their previous top 10.”

The versatile Terblanche played 37 Test matches for South Africa scoring 19 tries. He represented South Africa at the World Cup in 1999 and 2003 and is now chief executive officer of SA Rugby Legends.

The Imperial Automotive Nissan Navara has been utilised to give sports personalities and celebrities an insight into cross country racing. The exercise is part of a brief to expose the sport to a wider audience and, according to Marsh, has been a great success.

“All the celebrities have gone away with rave reports about cross country racing, and Stefan’s desire for another appearance is indicative of this,” said Marsh. “The celebrities have also succeeded in exposing our sport to a far wider audience and, in this respect, the exercise has been an unqualified success.”

Rutherford and Terblanche will be joined at the Toyota Dealer Sugarbelt 400 by four other cars running under Regent Racing colours. Marsh and Gerhard Schutte and Mike Whitehouse/Matthew Carlson will again be out in V8 powered vehicles with Thomas Rundle/Juan Mohr and German farther and son Jurgen and Daniel Schroder completing a powerful line-up.

Race headquarters, the start finish and the designated service park for the Toyota Dealer Sugarbelt 400 will all be located at the Beaumont Eston Farmers Club with public entry to these areas and spectator points along the route free of charge.

There are 14 road crossings during the event with additional spectator points, within 15 kilometres of the Beaumont Eston club, where the route runs alongside provincial roads.

The prologue on Friday, May 17 to determine race grid positions will start at 12:30 and the race on Saturday, May 18 at 8:30.