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Bridgestone 4x4 crews in Cape Town cracker

Sep 30, 2014
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Johannesburg (September 30, 2014)

Cape Town was the destination for round eight of the 2014 Bridgestone 4x4 Club Challenge. The event, hosted by the Jeep Club of South Africa at the Ou Trekpad 4x4 trail near Melkbosstrand, saw more than 30 Jeeps line up to do battle.

And while the scenery may have been spectacular, the day started badly for most teams, with many struggling to stay clear of the white route poles which cost 25 points if touched. The teams also had to cope with some unusual additional challenges, such as fixing a punctured tyre, towing a trailer through an obstacle, and even a novel test which involved the co-driver having to complete a puzzle while the vehicle plugged through an obstacle!

As the day wore on, it was the Wrangler three-door models which seemed to be the field favourite, although obstacle seven proved the undoing of most of the competitors. What had started out as a daunting mudhole early in the day had progressed to being an impassable car trap as Jeep after Jeep churned up the ruts even further and had to be recovered. To most onlookers, it seemed that this obstacle would be nearly impossible to complete, let alone score any points in.

That was, until one of the more experienced crews in an ageing Grand Cherokee V8 lined up. Their well-chosen line and cautious acceleration took them safely through the mud, amid much pondering and scratching of heads from some fellow competitors.

And once everyone was safely back in the clubhouse, the podium held a suprise too - the first-ever female driver to qualify for the Bridgestone 4x4 Club Challenge, to be held in November in the North West province. This was third-placed Kim Kelly, with Chandre Mostot in the co-driver's seat.

What made the feat even more remarkable was that Kim arrived at the competition without a co-driver. Young Chandre, who was part of the medical back-up team, was roped in to fill the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon's passenger seat at the last second. The all-lady team also won a Mean Green recovery set, courtesy of co-sponsor Opposite Lock.

Second place went to John and Michael Ramshow, in a Jeep Cherokee XJ. The Ramshaw brothers won a set of Light Force Striker 170 driving lights, also courtesy of Opposite Lock.

But top honours for the day were earned by Mark Hulton and Jodie Pienaar, in a Jeep Wrangler TJ four-litre. The team scored a highly commendable 770 points on the tough obstacles, and won a tyre voucher worth R10 000 from Bridgestone South Africa.

The next round of the 2014 Bridgestone 4x4 Club Challenge will be hosted by the Land Rover Owners Club at the Leeuwenkloof farm near Hartbeespoort Dam on 4 October. An 11-part television series, documenting each club event, will kick off on DStv's Ignition channel on the same day, at 11:30am.

More information: www.bridgestone.co.za.

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