The veteran pair, who have a combined age of 100 years qualified 42 seconds faster than team-mates Giniel De Villiers and Francois Jordaan in a similar vehicle. De Villiers, winner of the recent Morocco Rally, which is a round of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies, and co-driver Francois Jordaan finished ten seconds ahead of former champions Neil Woolridge and Ken Skjoldhammer in the Team Ford Racing Ranger.
Proudly South African Nissan crew Duncan Vos and Mike Griffith were fourth fastest and only three seconds behind the third placed Ford, who were only 14 seconds of the first Special Vehicle qualifiers and winners of the Nissan Sugarbelt 400, Gerald Mundell and Billy Bond in the Prolong BAT.
In a repeat of their Toyota 1000 Desert Race the BAT Racing Team dominated the top two placings in the Special Vehicle category with Brandon Harcus and Gary Bertholdt finishing 14 seconds behind Mundell and Bond.
Last year’s winner of this race, Gerhardt Du Plessis and his wife Kobie qualified eighth in the Liebherr Mobil Jimco and were followed six seconds later by this year’s Nissan Dealer 400 winners Atang Makgekgenene and Mike Stangl in the SAM Racing Jimco.
Nissan Sugarbelt 400 winners John Weir-Smith and Geoff Minnitt in the O’Hagan’s/Kopanong Hotel Jimco had to be content with ninth place overall and fifth in the Special Vehicle category with Castrol Toyota Land Cruiser pair Apie Reyneke and robin Houghton tenth and just over two minutes behind the race leaders.
A number of crews wrong slotted, which cost them dearly, and among them was Class E Championship leader and overall Production Vehicle championship contender Mark Cronje and Chris Birkin in a Castrol Toyota Hi Lux 2.7i who will start 60th. Terence Marsh and Trevor Ahier in the Nashua Mobile Racing Jimco completed 88,6 kilometres instead of the 42 kilometres and will start 61st.
Off Road Motorcycle star Alfie Cox and Hennie Ter Steege in the Arnold Chatz Cars Nissan Hardbody were the leading qualifiers in Class D while saloon car driver and new comer to Off Road Racing Zane Pearce and Hennie Vosloo in the Hi Q Ford Ranger surprised everyone by setting the fastest time in Class E. Reigning Class B champions Marcus Taylor and Marc de Chalain (Rollerbak JRE) were the fastest qualifiers in Class B.
The Oven Fresh Biscuits 500 resumes at 08:00 on Saturday, July 26 and crews will be faced with two laps of a tough 224 kilometre loop.