It took till the last event of the South African offroad racing season (last weekend) to happen but Nissan finally grabbed a rung on the Donaldson Cross Country Championship ladder. Even better is that it was a Nissan wearing the livery of the event's primary sponsor Atlas Copco (a Swedish industrial equipment company).
Gary Bertholdt and Siegfried Rousseau took their Nissan Navara to a third place finish in a time of five hours and twenty minutes--some 3 minutes adrift of the winner Willem Vos and his BMW X3. In reaching out to Gary and asking him how the Navara performed this was his response "The Navara was fantastic. It is an amazing vehicle.
It's very competitive with the works Fords and Toyotas and that was why we were
able to get fourth in the championship ahead of one of the works Fords". And this is in fact true. The team of Bertholdt and Rousseau finished fourth on the year in the South African--Donaldson Cross Country Championship. Not bad given that most of these top teams are headed to Dakar in about a month.
There were six Nissan's entered in the event and six of them finished with three in the top ten out of 30 entries.
South Africa Off-Road Racing...