Former Springbok captain John Smit will once again take part and this year’s Donaldson Cross Country Championship on 08 and 09 May 2015 in Eston.
This time around, Smit will participate in the Sugarbelt 450 – round two of the championship when he co-drives for Terence Marsh, in a Regent Racing Nissan Navara.
Smit previously participated in the Imperial Auto Celebrity of the Challenge Donaldson Cross Country Championship in Sun City last year.
The most capped captain in Springbok rugby history, Smit last season finished at the top of the Imperial Auto Celebrity Challenge standings, and joins sports stars Stefan Terblanche and Jonty Rhodes and television personality Marius Roberts who have all had a second bite at the cross country racing cherry.
Smit, educated at Pretoria Boys High, retired from international rugby at the end of 2011 with 111 Springbok caps and led the national team a record 83 times. Smit is now chief executive officer of the Sharks franchise, and led the Springboks to a World Cup triumph in 2007 and Tri-Nations titles in 2004 and 2009.
Marsh and Smit will compete in the premier Class T in the Production Vehicle category. Class T is for vehicles above four litres with independent rear suspension.
Race headquarters, the start/finish and designated service park for the Sugarbelt 450 will all be based at the Beaumont Eston Farmers Club. There will be free public entry to these areas as well as spectator points along the route.