The 20 teams used Amaroks to contest technical and speed challenges over five days. The speed challenge simulated motorsport rally stages with long narrow farm style paths. Meanwhile, the technical challenge involved extreme off-road conditions with deep sand and hairy inclines and declines. So, who won? Well, we did of course, team South Africa. The South African team was crowned as the overall winners of the inaugural International Spirit of Amarok Trophy which took place in Botswana. The five South African teams dominated the competition from the start and amassed outstanding 10 153 points in total.
Team South Africa was followed by Team Namibia in the second place. Team Australia and Team Botswana finished third and fourth respectively. The individual category of the competition was won by Alwyn and Melanie Jordaan of Namibia. Juan Grant and Conrad Herbst (South Africa) finished in second place. Third position in the individual category went to Juan Engelbrecht and Eugene Thornhill (South Africa).
The International Spirit of Africa Trophy is planned to be an annual event with the Amarok selling countries showing increasing interest following the success of the 2015 inaugural event in Botswana.
The event is the perfect opportunity to showcase the off-road capabilities of the Amarok, in an environment where this is better experienced than explained. Overall, the competition seemed to be an excellent demonstration of how the Amarok brand philosophy of tough and smart could translate into something as big as an international driving competition.