Atlas Copco Ford Racing has won the round six of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship in Vryburg yesterday.
Chris Visser, and his co-driver Japie Badenhorst, powered their Ford Ranger to a popular win on Visser’s home event. Visser returned to the team for the first time since crashing on the Dakar Rally in January and picking up a neck injury.
The pair qualified in sixth place overall and 4th in Class T on Friday, having battled with a faulty intercom system from the start of the section.
But Visser showed that he still has what it takes in this fiercely competitive series by powering to the front of the Production Vehicle field by the time the crews returned to the designated service park at the end of the first loop.
In the second run he overtook the Elegant Fuel Bat for the overall lead – a positioned they maintained through to the end of the race.
Unfortunately Gary Bertholdt and Siegfried were less fortunate in the second Atlas Copco Ford Racing Ranger.
In an effort to avoid a gate post during qualifying, they hit a bridge and broke the lower control arm on the rear suspension. They made it back to the pits and the vehicle was repaired for race day.
However, approximately 170 km into the first loop they struck a large rock in the road which they hadn’t seen due to the thick dust encountered at the back of the field. They limped home to avoid damaging the vehicle further but were unable to continue.