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RFS BMWs out of luck in Atlas Copco Battlefields 400
information supplied by: Peter Burroughes Communications 23 May 2011

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RFS BMWs out of luck in Atlas Copco Battlefields 400


 
The third round of the Absa Off Road Car Championship, the Atlas Copco 400 in the Dundee area of KwaZulu-Natal, started promisingly for the Retirement Fund Solutions Racing Team after a good showing in Friday’s 72-km Donaldson Prologue.  But all hopes of a strong finish by the team’s two BMW X3s were dashed when both were forced out of Saturday’s 350-km race with power steering problems.
 
Hannes Grobler and Hennie ter Stege were lying third in the Production Vehicle category in the diesel-engine RFS BMW X3 behind the factory Toyota Hiluxes of eventual winners Duncan Vos and Rob Howie and Anthony Taylor/Chris Birkin.  They had started fourth behind the two Toyotas and the factory Ford Ranger of reigning champions Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst and had completed around 225 km of the route when they were forced to a stop as they were about to negotiate a difficult river section. 
 
It takes a lot to make Grobler retire from a race, but even the battle-hardened veteran of more than 25 years of off road racing had to admit defeat on this occasion.  “We tried to carry on, but it was impossible to manhandle that big car over those tracks and dongas without power assistance,” he explained.  “It was a pity and I’m sorry for the team, who have worked so hard on the cars for this race. 
 
“We were running in a strong third place and were having no problems.  It was a tough route, with a good mix of open, fast sections and slower sections with rocks and water crossings.  You had to be very careful and know when to push and when to be cautious.”
 
RFS team-mates Christiaan du Plooy and Henk Janse van Vuuren were giving the new petrol-engined BMW X3 its second competitive outing and, although they had a few teething problems in the prologue they were satisfied with their ninth place in the strong Super Production class that attracted 16 entries.  They had successfully completed the opening 72-km loop of Saturday’s race and were some 50 km into the second loop when they lost their power steering.  They tried to carry on, but finally had to call it a day.
 
“We’re still getting used to the new V8 BMW and this weekend was another opportunity to test the car and try out new things under racing conditions,” said Du Plooy.  “We’re happy with our progress and the fact that we managed to complete 120 km of racing today on top of Friday’s 70-odd km.  It has been valuable experience for Henk and me and a good test of the car, although we would like to have completed the full route.”
 
The next round of the championship is the Toyota 1000 Desert Race in Botswana on June 24, 25 and 26.
 
Retirement Fund Solutions
Retirement Fund Solutions offers its clients a fresh, new approach to service delivery in the financial services industry.  With experience spanning more than a decade, it offers a flexible solution that is focused on meeting its clients’ individual needs.  Its dynamic vision relates not only to its flexible range of benefit products, but also to the personal involvement of its administration staff and employee benefit consultants, and the innovative systems that are in place to ensure service delivery that is second to none.
 
Since its establishment in 1997, Retirement Fund Solutions has established itself as leader in the employee benefits field.  It has earned itself the reputation of building proud, strong and stable relations with its clients and currently provides financial solutions to more than 80 000 fund members.  Its knowledge of the financial services industry and the expertise of its administrators and consultants place it ahead of its competition.
 
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Issued on behalf of Retirement Fund Solutions Racing Team by Peter Burroughes Communications, telephone 082 899 0101.
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