It’s hard to hold back a good man

Multiple South African champion Evan Hutchison, the current SA Rally-Raid Championship Course Director, has announced he will reduce his duties with the championship at the end of March.

The move comes after its recent involvement with TGRSA in the 2022 Dakar Rally, where the team not only was crowned world number one, but also saw all four competitors finish in the top 20.

Hutchison, a perfectionist, successfully managed his own racing teams for many years, with his passion for sport, people and success ingrained.

“The opportunity to work with the number one team in the world has been a great experience, and when I was offered the opportunity to join Hallspeed full time, I was blown away,” he said. . “I will not let the SA Rally-Raid Championship down as my commitment to Hallspeed will still allow me to work with the SA Rally-Raid team, albeit on a reduced scale.”

Hutchison already has the first two rounds of the championship in the bag with new additions and finishing touches being made at the TGRSA 1000 Desert Race at Upington next week. From then on, Rudi Muller, the assistant course director, who has worked with the Championship for many years and with Hutchison since the start of the 2020 season, will take charge of the hard work for the remaining four rounds of the Championship.

“Losing a key member of a team is never easy, but we are reassured to know that Evan is not lost to the SA Rally-Raid Championship or to the sport. Evan will remain on the SA Rally-Raid Exco and will work closely with Rudi, ensuring that the high standards set over the past two years are maintained, and will play a central role in relation to the final routes,” CEO Archie Rutherford said.

After the TGRSA 1000 Desert Race, the SA Rally-Raid Championship returns to familiar territory for round four – the Bronkhorstspruit 400 in August, before heading to popular Nampo Park for rounds five and six in late September, and the final of the season in Parys at the beginning of November. For the well-established SA Rally-Raid team, it will be business as usual, ensuring that all prior planning and procedures are taken care of. Pre-running of all routes will be done by Rudi and experienced navigator Mike Lawrenson, who has also worked with the team for the past two years.

“I am confident that the transition will be seamless and that competitors and spectators can look forward to a demanding and exciting 2022 season. We wish Evan all the success he deserves and are confident that his new journey will open him up to new horizons and opportunities,” said Rutherford.

Source: SACCS

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