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The Mantshwabisi - Toyota 1000 Desert Race - Botswana

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM

 

 

INFORMATION ISSUED BY - CRAIG MONK


 

All the riders in the South African Quad Team that participated in the SORC team event in Uis Namibia, entered the SORC Botswana Desert 1000 as individual riders this past weekend.

 

The week leading up to the Botswana event was hectic for the various riders and teams, with race prepping, engine overalls, and the purchase and prepping of a new quad.

 

Wednesday, 19th June

Was all about setting up gazebos, documentation and final checks on the various machines

 

Thursday, 20th June

It was an early morning start from the various overnight accommodation places (nobody was sure of early morning traffic conditions from Gabs) so all the teams arrived at main DSP by 5.30am


All the riders were on the starting line and ready to start ‘The Mantshwabisi’ desert challenge by 8.am. All set off well except for Henk Seevinck (he was turned back on the starting grid for a yellow light that had  failed) and after a quick ‘cut and paste’ and a working yellow light, he set off again only to break down 4 km’s into the race with an overheating motor.


At the mini fuel stop +/- 162 km’s into the race, Andre du Plessis was the first to arrive with Chardri Monk following 10 to 15 minutes behind, then Adi du Plessis, Peter Schenk (with a somewhat modified bull bar, after an altercation with a thorn tree) and Liezel Barnard. All of the riders were in good sprit and enjoying the ride.


Back to the main DSP, Andre arrived shortly afterwards still going strong, he had completed the SORC lap (+/- 250km’s) in 04:07:10, next was Liezel in 04:54:43 followed by Adi in 04:58:56. Minutes later Peter arrived in 05:05:36 (a bit battered after his thorn trees issues but still strong), and then Chardri comes walking in - no quad! The quad is down the road with a blown motor... After going through the ROCKY river bed she managed to crack her engine casing on one of the hundreds of rocks.

 

Day One SORC Results:

B3 Class;              Andre Du Plessis 1st, Adi Du Plessis 2nd

B9 Ladies;            Adi Du Plessis 1st , Liezel Barnard 2nd

Seniors;                Liezel Barnard 1st

Masters;              Peter Schenk 1st

 

Friday, 21st June

After a long night changing the motor on Chardri’s quad, all the teams again had an early start as the quads were setting off first, 7.am start. And with a chilly early morning start the riders left the main DSP.


At the mini fuel stop +/- 162km’s into the race, Henk was the first to arrive, but on foot! He managed to race for 15km’s when overheating issues again stopped his race prematurely. Andre was first to arrive with Chardri following – then Adi, Peter and Liezel. The riders were still in high spirits and chased the fuelling crews around to get finished so that they could get going.


Back at the main DSP, Andre arrived first and had completed the SORC lap (+/- 250km’s) in 03:48:19, next was Peter in 04:18:11 followed by Adi in 04:20:54 Chardri in 04:23:03 and Liezel in 04:45:37

 

Day Two SORC Results:

B3 class;              Andre Du Plessis 1st Adi Du Plessis 2nd , Chardri Monk 3rd

B9 Ladies;            Adi Du Plessis 1st , Chardri Monk 2nd, Liezel Barnard 3rd

Seniors;                Liezel Barnard 1st

Masters;              Peter Schenk 1st

 

Racing has allowed all the riders and teams the opportunity to again visit vastly different areas of Southern Africa, meet and make new friends see different places and meet the local people of the area, The Botswana crowds were fantastic, always enthusiastic and cheering every rider along the way. They were most impressed that ladies were racing and the one comment was “you are ladies and you racing, you are winners”!

 

From all the quad riders and team members THANK YOU!

 

Aunty Gillian for all your assistance and patience’s

Tannie Elza for all the media articles

All the FIM Africa official’s

 

See you all next year at the 2014 SORC

 


 

 

Categories: FIM Africa News, FMN News South Africa

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