LROC-KZN Fourth Gates Event, September 2008

(Total 8 Gates)   

(Total 8 Gates : 480 points) 

Driver

Vehicle

Class

Score

Spring

Class Position
Overall

Long Wheel Base

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Goswell

Range Rover

Lwb S

340

Coil

1

2

 

Rob Lemon

Range Rover

Lwb S

340

Coil

2

3

 

Hugh Caywood

Def 110

Lwb S

340

Coil

3

4

 

Jan Viljoen

D Rangie V8

Lwb ML

320

Coil

1M

5

 

Audry Thomas

Def 110

Lwb S

310

Coil

4

6

 

Craig Levy

Disco 1 V8

Lwb M

300

Coil

2M

7

 

Leon Jacobs

Range Rover

Lwb M

270

Coil

3M

10

 

Geoff Sperring

Def 110 Puma

Lwb ST

260

Coil

6

11

 

Don Erwin

Range Rover

Lwb S

260

Coil

7

12

 

Mark Kirkbride

Disco 1

Lwb S

250

Coil

8

15

 

Paul Chantler

Series 111

Lwb S

240

Leaf

9

16

 

George Goswell

Range Rover

Lwb S

240

Coil

10

18

 

Ryan van Wijnaard

Series 11A

Lwb S

220

Leaf

11

19

 

Byron Tonkin

Def 110

Lwb S

200

Coil

12

21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Niel

Toyota Hilux

Lwb S

280

Leaf

5

9

 

Short Wheel Base

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Struan Reid

Series 111

Swb S

350

Leaf

1

1

 

Wesley Goldstone

Series 111

Swb S

290

Leaf

2

8

 

Gary Evangelista

Def 90 V8

Swb ML

260

Coil

4M

13

 

Glen Twiggs

Series 111

Swb S

240

Leaf

4

17

 

Mike Cullen

Def 90 V8

Swb S

220

Coil

5

20

 

Paul Stanley

Def 90 Puma

Swb ST

190

Coil

6

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben

Suzuki

Swb

260

Leaf

3

14

 

Note :

  1. Class S = Standard vehicle
  2. Class SL = Standard vehicle with lockers
  3. Class ST = Standard vehicle with traction control
  4. Class M = Modified no lockers
  5. Class ML = Modified with lockers

Drivers with the same score are separated by counting the number of clear rounds, then scores of 50 etc. 

4th Gates Event 2008 September 08 : Inanda Valley 

Same venue as the last Gates event, on the banks of the Umgeni River upstream from Inanda Dam. 36 vehicles signed the register with a few more turning up during the morning, over 40 vehicles in the valley. 22 vehicles took on the challenge of the Gates and passed through the 1st gate. With so many vehicles and the limited space to move around and park, made it a challenge to get all the vehicles through the Gates. The heat did not make it any easier as it felt like a very high 30 odd.

The options for the gates in this part of the valley are many, with river sand, mud, water and rocks all mixed together. Thanks to all who took part or just came down for the day and provided support from the side.

The exit route from the valley still provides an option to test recovery points. The section around the big rock has a deep water drop off which always seems to catch some one out. I had put chevron tape across half the section, which seems to confuse some members. When you arrive the tape is on your left, which means that when you leave the tape must be on your LEFT ! ! ! !   NO, ON YOUR RIGHT. On the previous 3rd Gates Event Kenneth Jones put his TD5 bonnet under the water and had to be towed home. This time Richard von Berg and Mike Cullen got off a little better with only their pride wet after a quick pull out backwards.  I have seen 6 vehicles to date drive off the ledge into deep water. Take note, when there is chevron tape blocking off an area its for a reason.

This was the 4th gates event we have run this year and again the Gates has attracted more members and visitors than our other events. Its a lot of work to set up the Gates on the day and requires a trip or two into the valley in the weeks before the event to plan the obstacles. Thanks to all who have come along and helped on the recce and on the day.

George Goswell