The ABSA Sun City 400 is routinely rated as one of the best off-road races in South Africa and thus the world. It is additionally one of the world's toughest.
It is with great pleasure then that this past weekend's results ended with two Nissan Navaras on the podium. The full story can be read here: Sun City 400 Results. The three Nissan Navaras entered in the event all finished, coming in 1st, 3rd and 9th out of 17 entries which saw eight DNFs. It says something that all three Nissans crossed the finish line when the attrition rate was nearing 50%.
The big news to me is that privateer efforts continue to succeed. Without factory backing and manning underfunded efforts the Nissan privateers have performed at a level on par or better than the full factory Toyota effort in South Africa now run by the former Nissan Motorsports South Africa director Glynn Hall. The situation just screams about the quality of machines that Hall turned out during his time with Nissan. As with their Dakar efforts the Nissan vehicles maintain a world class level of competitiveness long after the factory support is gone.
The ABSA Off-Road season is now 1/2 over with four of the eight events out of the way. We'll have to wait a few days to see the updated season standings for both drivers and Manufacturers though this may put Nissan within striking distance of Ford, who with Toyota run the two factory efforts in South Africa. It would be an amazing accomplishment if the Privateer efforts could come close to or surpass a full factory effort like Fords.
The next ABSA off-road event is the Carnival City event on Aug. 28th.