Werner Kennedy and Thinus Venter tightened their hold on the Special Vehicle overall and Class P titles when they won the Beesfees 250, the fourth round of the Northern Regions Cross Country Championship, in Stella over the weekend. Kennedy and Venter, in an Aceco, came in ahead of Francois Smit/Craig Galvin (Jetpatcher Isuzu Racing Zarco) and Andre and Zelma Beer, in a BAT, with all three crews competing in Class P. Going into the Beesfees event Kennedy/Venter held a 17 point lead over the Beers in both the overall and Class P championships.
Fourth overall were former national champions Dirk Putter and Koos Claasens (Toyota Hilux) who were the first of the Production Vehicle category competitors. That also gave them the Class E win, and saw the pair take full advantage of the absence of championship leaders Dylan Venter/Vince Van Allemann (4×4 Mega World Toyota Hilux) to climb up the championship ladder. Fifth overall and first in Class B were Marthinus and Tiaan Le Roux, in a Sandmaster.
For the Gouveias it was a make or break event but the bad luck that has dogged them all season again reared its head. Broken sideshafts saw the Benoni based Gouveias and Conradie/Van Aardt retire. Another veteran in Wolf-Peter Pfumfei (Jetpatcher Isuzu Racing Sandmaster/WPP) came home in second place in Class B, but went into the race trailing the Le Roux pair by 60 points.
Lichtenburg 250 winners David Huddy and Mike Fehrsen (Nissan Hardbody) were trying to put Putter/Claasens under pressure when they blew the motor and were forced to retire. Fuel starvation problems also hampered Rob Reid/Bodo Schwegler (Mitsubishi Pajero), and they were forced to settle for fourth in Class E and fifth overall behind Class D winners Diederik and Rikus Hattingh in a Toyota Hilux. Second in Class D were championship leaders Andre Geldenhuys and Victor Fincham in an Isuzu KB.
The next event for Northern Regions competitors sees them head back to North West province for the Vryburg 250 on September 12. The event will run in conjunction with the Vryburg Endurance, which forms part of the national Donaldson Cross Country Championship on September 11 and 12.