CDS 2019 Final: Results

Over two days in the Northern Cape town of Van Wyksvlei, the champions for the 2019 Cooper Dust Series were crowned. Competitors not only had to deal with the varying terrain, the competitors from other regions and the variety of challenges and obstacles, they also had to contend with the boiling, sweltering, searing (any more adjectives? Anyone?) heat. Temperatures topped 40°C on most days, and luckily cooled down to the mid 30’s at night.

But the weather still played second fiddle to the competition that was so hot that only 24 points separated the top 5, with first and second spot coming down to 4 points only. Out of a maximum of 1200 points on offer, this was as close as you could come with one more or less duck hunted successfully or one more or less golf ball placed in the minefield to determining who got the bragging rights.

In the end, Charles Muller with his Lexus V8 Hilux from the Western Cape proved that to keep on trying wins out in the end. As one of only 3 teams that have competed at all 4 Dust Series finals to date, he came to Van Wyksvlei determined to lift the trophy, and his perseverance paid out in the end.

But Brydon Webster of the Eastern Cape, with as near a stock standard Pajero as possible, gave him a good run for his money – proving that knowing your vehicle and driver skill plays a bigger part in this series than engine capacity and tyre size. And this is what we want to keep on building going forward.

Oom Willie Mostert in his Suzuki rounded out the podium and he was definitely a contended, but he will be the first to admit that one mistake cost him in the end. And for the rest of the top 10 – it is the same story – one obstacle or challenge where one mistake or one misstep prevented you from scoring more, seriously influenced your placing.

This is a good testament to our belief that we have the mix for our final right. The competition can hinge on being perfect against being near perfect – and major modifications did not dominate proceedings. Marcus Oshry – after blowing the head gasket on his Hilux on the way to Van Wyksvlei – came and competed with a showroom Hilux single cab with less than 1000 km on the clock and finished fourth.

Below you will find the full table with all the scores for the weekend.

Thank you to all the teams that came to compete and made the weekend enjoyable for us as organisers as well. Thanks for making the trek and braving the heat and always doing it with a smile.

A big thanks to the organisers from the different regions for putting on the competition on a national scale so that we can truly say that this is the biggest, multi-regional, amateur countrywide 4×4 competion in South Africa, and we can look forward to big things for 2020.

And lastly, thanks to Cooper Tires for supporting us in growing this competition. You guys have been awesome.

Planning has already started for 2020 – and dates will be published soon. Check your calendars and make sure you do not miss out, because 2020 will be the biggest year yet for the Dust Series.

Number Navigation Dune Charge Duck Hunt Time Trial Day 1 Quarry Trail Gymkhana HST Minefield Day 2 TOTAL
1 Charles Muller WC 018 200 100 90 100 490 132 64 97 100 393 883
2 Brydon Webster EC 022 200 75 30 99 404 135 64 96 180 475 879
3 Willie Mostert WC 027 200 100 160 0 460 110 65 91 140 406 866
4 Marcus Oshry EC 015 200 100 20 100 420 127 68 99 150 444 864
5 Divan Viljoen MP 010 200 100 110 0 410 129 66 94 160 449 859
6 Herman Neethling SC 023 200 0 40 100 340 135 66 91 170 462 802
7 Ross Currie EC 006 200 100 40 60 400 98 63 91 130 382 782
8 Rieger van Rooyen WC 016 200 100 70 0 370 126 67 91 110 394 764
9 Danie Lotter WC 024 200 100 50 0 350 135 65 71 140 411 761
10 Andre Joubert KZN N 019 200 100 70 0 370 128 66 85 110 389 759
11 Wimpie Olivier GP 028 200 100 10 0 310 127 64 67 160 418 728
12 Jean Thirion EC 004 200 100 50 0 350 126 64 75 100 365 715
13 Tiaan Smith WC 005 200 100 130 0 430 108 58 28 90 284 714
14 Tiaan Erasmus SC 008 200 75 40 100 415 0 60 67 140 267 682
15 Louis Jordaan WC 014 200 100 10 98 408 110 65 0 80 255 663
16 Michal Swanepoel EC 001 40 100 40 92 272 110 67 86 100 363 635
17 Reenen Kritzinger WC 025 200 100 30 2 332 0 62 91 80 233 565
18 Gerda Swanepoel FS 012 40 0 70 97 207 120 65 86 80 351 558
19 Ben Olivier LP 017 100 0 0 0 100 131 63 88 110 392 492
20 Dries du Toit WC 002 0 75 0 0 75 114 65 91 130 400 475
21 Rudolf van Rooyen KZN N 013 140 100 0 0 240 0 63 92 80 235 475
22 Reo Blood WC 007 100 0 0 0 100 115 65 83 110 373 473
23 Carel van der Westhuizen FS 020 40 0 120 0 160 127 62 88 0 277 437
24 Hannie van Rooyen WC 003 40 100 20 100 260 0 63 0 110 173 433
25 Ernst van der Walt MP 021 40 50 30 0 120 50 63 73 110 296 416
26 Henco Spangenberg FS 011 40 0 20 18 78 0 64 89 130 283 361
27 Stefan Bosman SC 026 100 0 0 0 100 98 0 0 0 98 198
28 Johan van Zyl  WC 009 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0,00

 

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