And this is why I've grown to love and admire off-road racing in South Africa...
Where else will you get this variety in conditions?
From desert sand and silt to forest paths to window high mud and swamps to rocky savannah, South Africa has it all.
In the case of this past weekends ABSA Toyota Dealer 400, it was two ex-factory Nissan Navaras (Frontiers) that would survive the conditions and take home the win and a second overall.
It was the Regent Racing Navara of Mike Whitehouse and Matthew Carlson that ran a steady race avoiding the pitfalls (rollovers, stuck in the mud, unfordable river crossings, etc.) while their fellow Nissan drivers Thomas Rundle and Juan Mohr suffered some minor issues (puncture, misdirection) and finished 2nd.
Rundle and Mohr's 2nd place finish was their second in a row to start the year in the ABSA series meaning they are now leading the series in points. Check out the pics of the Nissans on this page and the recap of the event here: ABSA Off-Road Toyota Dealer 400