Brett chasing SA Cross Country title
The Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Motorcycles South Africa’s Cross Country Racing team heads to the West Rand this weekend with the full team behind Brett Swanepoel, who is looking to tie up the 2017 South African OR2 championship at the Atlas Copco Gold 400 at Glenharvie 27 and 28 October. Swanepoel has put in an exceptional performance this season to see him standing on the verge of the title in spite of missing a round that clashed with his international commitments at the Red Bull Romaniacs.
“It’s been a good season and we are looking good in spite of missing a round,” Brett admitted. “My Husqvarna has run faultlessly all season and the team has been fantastic in supporting me achieve the best results every time we race. “The Gold 400 closes off the Cross Country season close to Johannesburg, which is good as it gives race fans the chance to come out and support us and there is usually good support - I’m looking forward to this one!”
The Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Cross Country team also welcomes a newcomer to the team in Travis Gehlig, who has shown exceptional pace in OR2 of late. “I am really looking forward to racing for the official team this weekend,” Travis confirmed. “I hope to bring it home second in the title chase behind Brett - what better than a Husqvarna 1-2!”
Team sponsor Iain Pepper switches back to two wheels and the dirt from his championship-leading Husqvarna Motorcycles Volkswagen Challenge Polo looking to have some fun as he supports his championship challenge teammates at Glenharvie. “I’m going out to have some fun, but it would be good to get into the Masters class top five,” Iain explained.
“We wrap up our 2017 South African championship program following a full season of cross country, enduro and motocross action,” Husqvarna Motorcycles South Africa brand manager Fred Fensham concluded. “We’ve had it tough in some respects, but this weekend is a big one for us and we need to wish Brett, Travis and Iain the very best of luck. “The entire race team has worked very hard and delivered great results all season long - now we need to close it off in style - let’s go for Gold!”
The Gold 400 runs out of the Kloof Country Club in Glenharvie, with cars and motorcycles racing on separate routes on Friday and Saturday. The 50km motorcycle time trial starts 12:45 on Friday, with the main event racing over three 100km laps starting at 07:15 Saturday with several easily accessible spectator viewing areas along the route.