Bridgestone South Africa's 4x4 Fundi Challenge will be known as the Bridgestone 4x4 Club Challenge from 2013. This was announced today by the Challenge's organiser, Daniel Barbosa.
“We've decided on a change in focus of the Challenge, from individuals representing themselves and certain clubs to a more direct club focus,” Barbosa explained. “The new approach will include an in-house club challenge for the clubs nominated to participate in the 2013 Challenge,” he said. He added that participants needed to belong to one of the nominated clubs in order to enter the Challenge.
Each event will be organised by a specific club according to Bridgestone's rules and guidelines to ensure high standards of environmental care and 4x4 driving ethics. The aim will be to provide a wide diversity of challenges including obstacle events as well as GPS and trail-based activities.
Even with the changes to the format, the Challenge will still be about 4x4 enthusiasts displaying their driving skills in standard production vehicles, and Barbosa has insisted that high standards will be maintained.
“We want to create events which are vehicle and family-friendly, as well as safe for the participants and spectators,” he said. “To meet these goals, we've identified 10 clubs that will each have an opportunity to host a Challenge event in 2013,” he added.
Barbosa named the clubs and event dates as follows:
Suzuki Auto Club 16th February
Mercedes Benz SA Club – G-Xtreme Club 16th March
Nissan 4x4 Club 6th April
Isuzu Offroad Club 18th May
Community Forum & TUFFSTUFF 8th June
McCarthy 4x4 Club 21st July
Lichtenburg 4x4 Club 3rd August
Jeep Club SA 21st - 22nd September
Land Rover Owners Club 5th October
4x4 Offroad Adventure Club 26th October
Bridgestone Finals 16th – 17th November
The top three teams of each Challenge will earn the opportunity to duke it out for the annual honours in the 2013 final, slated for November.
“This new system will allow more people to take part in the Challenge,” said Barbosa. “The action will also be screened on DStv’s Ignition TV as a series, kicking off in the second half of the year, and it looks like 2013 will be a great year for 4x4 enthusiasts,” he concluded.
If you would like to participate in the 2013 series, please contact the relevant 4x4 Club as mentioned above.