Team South Africa wins Spirit of Amarok competition

At the fifth instalment of the International Spirit of Amarok off-road precision driving competition, Christiaan and Pikke Otto lifted the sought-after Wolf Trophy, which is the mythological animal after which the Amarok is named.

This year‘s competition saw teams from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Australia, Russia and Taiwan, China battling it out in Brandfort, Free State from 14 – 17 August 2019 for the world’s best amateur 4×4 driver bragging rights.

‘‘The first placed team displayed the most patience, strength and determination, raking up 2024 points, to be crowned the 2019 champions in the toughest amateur off-road competition in the world,‘‘ said Mark Handley, Head of Sales and Marketing for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

Denmark’s Jesper Markussen and Søren Markussen were the runner ups with a total of 1929 points and South Africans Ferdie Pretorius and Johan du Toit were placed third with 1800 points.

With two teams in the top three, South Africa amassed 3824 points to claim the gold medal as the  best country. Denmark claimed the silver medal with 3298 points and Germany came in third with 3100 points, taking the bronze medal.

This year’s competition, designed by rally and track racing legend, Sarel van der Merwe, included technical, speed and off-road challenges as well as a tyre-changing challenge which put teams through their paces.