10 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

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2010 Total Economy Run

Willie le Roux and Hein van der Walt were the overall overall winners of the 34th annual Total Economy Run in Thaba ‘Nchu, Free State, South Africa, achieving a fuel consumption of 4.1l/100 km in a New Polo 1.6 TDI over a two-day 1100km route from 10-11 September 2010. The pair was also awarded for achieving the lowest consumption by a diesel car within Class J (diesel engines up to 1600cc). Second in the diesel category were motoring journalist Geoff Dalglish and Hendri du Plessis who achieved figures of 4.3l/100km in Class J with their Citroën C3 HDi. Roger Hills, a former winner of the Total Economy Run, and co-driver Gordon Stewart placed third in the Class J category in a Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi, with a fuel consumption figure of 4.4l/100 km. Pieter Holtzhausen and Danie Fourie took second place in Class E for petrol cars from 1501cc – 1600cc in a New Polo 1.6.

The winners of the lowest consumption by a petrol-engined car were motoring journalists Wynter Murdoch, a former winner of the same award, and Automobil magazine colleague Leon Schnell. Their Daihatsu Charade returned figures of 4.6l/100 km and won the Class A category (petrol engines up to 1100cc). Runners-up in the petrol category and winners of Class E (petrol engines from 1601cc – 1800cc) were Total Economy Run veteran Willie Nel and his son Willem in a Toyota Prius with a consumption figure of 4.6l/100km. Third overall and second in Class A were former racing driver and radio personality Jeanette Kok Kritzinger and Riette Wannenburg who managed 4.6l/100km in their Citroën C1.

The 2010 Total Economy Run class winners were as follows:
Class A: Wynter Murdoch/Leon Schnell (Daihatsu Charade), 4.59l/100km
Class B: Wynand Volschenck/Machiel Viljoen (Fiat Uno Mia), 4.92l/100km
Class C: Stuart Williams/Lauren Smit (Daihatsu Sirion 1.5), 5.72l/100km
Class D: Harry Young/Manfred Hertz (Ford Fiesta 1.6), 5.63l/100km
Class E: Willie and Willem Nel (Toyota Prius), 4.62l/100km
Class F: Gordon Noble/Graham Bate (Mazda6 2L), 5.99l/100km
Class I: Ben and Isabel van der Westhuizen (Lexus GS450H), 7.46l/100km
Class J: Willie le Roux/Hein van der Walt (Volkswagen Polo 1.6 TDI), 4.11l/100km
Class K: Rod Kinsey/Huibert Phielix (Audi 2 TDIe), 5.07l/100km
Class L: Ernest and Gert van den Berg (Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI), 5.50l/100km
Class M: Roger Rouessart/John Smit (Jaguar XFS), 5.69l/100km
Class O: Pritesh Ruthun/Reuben van Niekerk (Daihatsu Terios 4×4), 7.24l/100km
Class P: Dan Esterhuyse/Pierre Jordaan (Tata Xenon 4×4), 8.11l/100km

[Source: Volkswagen South Africa]

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