|Longhaul win for Formyn and Beatrix de Kok|
|Written by Paul Bedford|
|Friday, 10 December 2010 16:15|
South Africa drew first blood at the opening round of the 2010 Red Square P750 Inflatable World Championships on the Vaal River earlier today when Formyn and Beatrix took a comfortable win in the Longhaul event.
Reigning South African champion Barry Marx, with Jolandi van Dijk alongside him as co-pilot, opened up a substantial early lead but electrical problems put paid to his victory chances. The husband and wife de Kok team moved into the lead and were never challenged on the way to the end of the 120km long race.
Carl Talbot and Jasme Jordaan came home in second place two and a half minutes behind the winners. Swedish pilot Lars Nilsson, who had Siyabonga Nkubi alongside him as co-pilot, was the first of the international drivers in third place. Fourth place went to another international competitor, Ireland's Colin Gaffney who was accompanied by Bongani Ndesi. Marx and van Dijk solved their ignition problems and got going again but the time they lost meant they finished at the back of the modified field.