Bridgestone South Africa

2011 National Bridgestone 4x4 Fundi Challenge

Feb 28, 2011

The opening round of the 2011 National Bridgestone 4x4 Fundi Challenge takes place in the Hekpoort area of Gauteng on Saturday (March 5). First introduced by Bridgestone South Africa in 2006 as a club competition for standard production 4x4 vehicles, the competition proved so popular that it went national in 2009 and is now a Motorsport South Africa-sanctioned championship.

It is open to standard production four-wheel drive vehicles with low range gearing and is a test of different driving disciplines with a strong accent on having fun. Various accessories are allowed, including snorkels, roll bars, winches and aftermarket exhaust systems, suspensions, shock absorbers and lockers, with use of these attracting handicaps.

This year's adventure consists of seven legs in four provinces with the final round by invitation only, with competitors qualifying based on their best scores from four events. There are three new venues this year, in Hekpoort, Ermelo in Mpumalanga (which will host the regularity raid that traditionally took place in Swaziland) and Thabazimbi in North West Province. With the exception of the Ermelo round and the final round in North West and Gauteng, which are held over two days, all rounds take place over one day and consist of a number of driving skills tests.

The Bridgestone 4x4 Fundi Challenge was born out of the establishment of the Bridgestone 4x4 Fundi programme in 2004, a unique initiative to train dealer sales staff in all aspects of 4x4 tyres and off road driving. The challenge brings together the dealerships that have received Fundi training with the 4x4 clubs and enthusiasts.

The 4x4 Fundi portfolio is managed by Johan Mostert, a committed off road driving enthusiast for many years who has considerable experience in off road driver training and the creation of off road tracks for promotions and competitions. He has been involved with the programme since its inception and created the Bridgestone 4x4 Fundi Challenge.

"The Bridgestone 4x4 Fundi Challenge continues to grow beyond our wildest expectations," he said. "It is not a vehicle-breaking event, but a fun activity where 4x4 enthusiasts can test their driving skills in an environmentally-friendly competition that can be watched by the whole family and which brings together members of the off road driving community.

"A key objective was to position Bridgestone South Africa as a responsible company that cares about the environment and responsible off road driving," added Mostert. "All rounds will again be televised on SuperSport."

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