BORRC off to a great start

South African duo of Martin and Antoinette van der Vyver in action during the inaugural Botswana Off Road Racing Championship (BORRC) held in Kaduwe Farms over the wekend PIC.MORERI SEJAKGOMO
South African duo of Martin and Antoinette van der Vyver in action during the inaugural Botswana Off Road Racing Championship (BORRC) held in Kaduwe Farms over the wekend PIC.MORERI SEJAKGOMO

KADUWE: The inaugural Botswana Off Road Racing Championship (BORRC) has received plaudits for their debut outing on Saturday. The Jwaneng Desert Challenge held the first round of BORRC and also served as round two for the Botswana Motor Sport (BMS) national championship in Kaduwe Farms, over 20km from Jwaneng.

BORRC is a first off road car racing championship in Botswana. The first round of the championship got over a speed hump as South African duo of Martin and Antoinette van der Vyver overcame an accident early into the race. The married couple’s vehicle overturned during the time trials.

The pair, however, dusted off to win the T81 Class and obtained an overall fourth place finish. Speaking to SportMonitor, Martin said they had been warned about the rowdy home ground spectator behaviour. However, the duo did not encounter such in their just over two and half hours of racing. “It was awesome, the marking was good and the spectators just made it better and we really enjoyed the race. We were warned in South Africa about the spectators but when we came here, it was controlled. The spectators were not in the road crossings; we did not encounter any issues with them and you could see that they enjoyed and we just had to put in a show for them and they loved it,” said Martin. The husband and wife duo was making their debut in Botswana terrain and said this was the biggest crowd they have seen in their racing career. An estimated crowd of just 10, 000 spectators were visibly in the three main spectator points. This is the second biggest crowd after the 1000km Toyota Desert Race (TDR) in motorsport events and the largest in the locally organised competitions.

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