The first stage of the 26th Trans Agulhas, described as the world's toughest and longest rubberduck race, started at Keurboomstrand on Saturday December 28 in near perfect conditions. True to its legendary status, eight teams failed to complete the first stage over 189km, mainly due to mechanical failure.
Thirty-four teams, including a team from Russia, entered this year's race, which spans over 702kms and five days.
Drama unfolded when the Rusgenot team of Dreyer van Niekerk and Floris de Kock rescued a girl that was swept into sea at Wildernis. The team had mechanical problems and couldn't complete the stage.
First over the finish line in Mossel Bay in a time of 02:59:33 was the First Road Emergency team of Dave Barnett and Tjaart Oosthuizen. They participate in the modified class. Second to finish was Peter Groenenstein and Nichol Parr (Valumax/Amigos/Excellparts), competing in the stock class. Third home was the pro stock class entry Team Nulandis (Stefan Lindeque and Tony Ingram).
The teams could enter one of four classes: the stock class; novice stock class, pro stock class and the modified class. To adhere to international standards, the standard and standard novice classes have been changed to stock and novice stock classes as from this year.
The top three positions in the four classes after day 1 are:
Pro stock class
Team Nulandis (Stefan Lindeque and Tony Ingram) – 03:03:42
Team Imperial Cargo (Wimpie Ackermann and Whitey Louw) – 03:03:54
Team Genric Insurance (Mark Gleed and Odette Maytham) – 03:09:23
Team First Road Emergency (Dave Barnett and Tjaart Oosthuizen) – 02:59:33
Team Wizard Marine/Eastwoods/Robertson Abattoir (Wade Ball and Bobby Shaw) – 03:19:59
Team Rusgenot Transport (Rocco Erasmus and Arnold Myburgh) – 03:42:49
Team Valumax/Amigos/Excellparts (Peter Groenenstein and Nichol Parr) – 03:03:02
Team Robertson Abattoir (Eben de Bod and Gerhard Fernhout) – 03:04:01
Team Fidelity Security Group (Ricus Roux and Lodewyk Coetzee) – 03:11:18
Novice stock class
Team Heins Motolek (Jamie Streicher and Wildri van Deventer – 03:30:53
Team Plumbcore (Uys Kruger and Conrad Jacobs) – 03:33:13
Team Ladismith Cheese (Rynhardt Koekemoer and Francois de Wet) – 03:38:29
For more information phone race promotor Gerhard Meyer on 082 802 7138.
trans agulhas, first stage, 28 december, 2013, pro stock class, modified class, stock class, novice stock class, team nulandis, team imperial cargo, team genric insurance, team first road emergency, team wizard marine, team rusgenot transport, team valumax, team robertson abattoir, team fidelity security group, team heins motolek, team plumbcore, team ladismith cheese