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2012 BRIDGESTONE 4X4 FUNDI CHALLENGE.After three rounds the 2012 Bridgestone 4×4 Fundi Challenge is turning out to be one tough 4×4 competition.
But it’s a little Suzuki Jimny that leads the race on points overall. Riaan Goede and Marius van Niekerk, driving a beefed-up Suzy, won the recent Riverside event near Steynsrus, in the Free State.
The extremely technical and tough route, which took place in a heavily eroded and slippery section of the farm adjacent to the Vaal River, suited the diminutive Suzuki to a tee. This Jimny features an aftermarket crawler gear, a front diff-lock, an ARB bull-bar, upgraded suspension and Bridgestone MT tyres. Life at the top is tough though – and just two points separate the top three crews. Following close behind the Jimny is the V8 petrol-powered Geländewagen of Graham Jupp and Bruce Hains, and the diesel Geländewagen of defending champions Marco and Joe Marincowitz…