The Soutpansberg 400 that took place on Saturday in Louis Tichardt was the first ever national off-road race for motorcycle and quad competitors in the area and produced great racing action as the event served as round five of the 2015 Totpak National Off-road Championship.
A few results were shaken up at the event which means that the scores will only be settled at the final events of the year.
Brian Baragwanath claimed his fourth victory and was followed by his 2015 Dakar Rally team-mate, Hannes Saaijman with Damien Lee finishing third. Also in the top five were riders. Jaco Moller from Tzaneen who finished fourth despite niggling mechanical issues, and André Park from Musina who was fifth.
Justin Robert has recovered from a broken collarbone and broken ribs sustained during a crash in Swaziland in March and won the Q2 Class for the second time this year.
It was a good day for Team Brother Leader Tread KTM who also claimed the OR3 (200cc) and Senior Class victories while KTM claimed the Manufacturers Award as well. Jarryd Coetzee took his second OR3 victory this year with class leader Brett Swanepoel finishing second after he also ran out of fuel.
There was a fifth consecutive victory for Stuart Freeman in the Senior Class with local Louis Trichardt farmer, Willie du Preez who competed for the first time this season, finishing second and Hoedspruit rider, Paul dos Santos third. Ted Barbier who will be competing in the 2016 Dakar Rally with George Twigge and Baragwanath, was fourth.
The final two rounds of the Totpak National Championship, the BC 400, will take place from Brandvlei Cellars outside Worcester on 24 and 26 September.