The last event in the Cooper Dust Series: Western Cape Took place at The Dunes in Lamberts Bay. For the usual competitors and the Atlantis Dunes regular, this sand experience was a whole other kettle of fish and something that tested them to the extreme. Navigation and sand-driving skills were very important and Willie Mostert once again showed why his little Suzuki should not be underestimated. He walked away with the laurels, but having already qualified for the grand final in the Tankwa Karoo, the for the fourth placed competitor was left open to also grab a very sough after spot.
And grab it, they did. Renier Koegelenberg and Jacques Gunter showed that common sense can also prevail when they failed to bring a GPS along, but still managed to reach all the checkpoints and do well on the tasks there to grab the fourth spot. This earned them a spot in the grand final, and it seems as if they will seriously be challenging for the title.
Joining them for the last two spots for the grand final on pure qualification is the defending champion, Elrico Koen, and another finalist of last year, Hannie van Rooyen. They both showed that the experience that they got from taking part in many of the Cooper Dust Series events in the past, paid good dividends with this experience showing them the way.
The all important race for the wild card entry was also decided on the weekend, with Charles Muller and Bertie Nel going neck in neck to grab the final spot. It was Charles’ 8th place that meant he got more log points in total and pipped Bertie to the final. Another finalist from last year returning for the crown.
So that is that – the finalists have been decided and now we eagerly await the other regions to conclude their events, so that we can get our list of challengers, to see who will or can unseat Elrico at the top.