One of South Africa’s Cross Country stalwarts, businessman and farmer Chris Visser, has over the past 18 years clocked up in excess of 60 000 kilometres in the SA Cross Country Series (SACCS).
The affable 51 year old Visser was born in the North West town of Delareyville and competed in his first national Cross Country event, the 2002 Toyota 1000 Desert Race, with older brother Jannie in the driving seat.
From 2003 to 2015 Visser and long standing friend and navigator Japie Badenhorst contested the SACCS championship in Classes E, D, SP, T and FIA, with the pair winning the 2005 Class E championship and the 2006 Class D championship, however, the highlight of their racing career was being crowned the 2010 Overall Production Vehicle and SP Class champions in their Toyota Hilux.
Between 2011 and 2016 Visser raced a Ford Ranger under the Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) banner which also included the illustrious 2014 Dakar Rally in South America. Unfortunately for Visser/Badenhorst their race was short lived when they hit a treacherous dune and rolled their SA built Ford Ranger on stage two of the event. Visser sustained a neck injury which put him out of action for the first five events of the 2014 SACCS championship but made his comeback with a vengeance when he won the Vryburg 400 by 21 seconds from second placed Anthony Taylor in a Toyota Hilux.
In 2016 Visser shared the cockpit of the NWM Ford Ranger with Ward Huxtable to finish second in the Class T championship. This after an intense season-long battle with the 4×4 Mega World Toyota Hilux team of Jason Venter and Vince van Alleman, with both teams’ level pegging on 146 points going into the final round of the championship, the Atlas Copco 400 in Westonaria. A superb victory by Venter/van Alleman, their fourth in the season, placed them 12 points clear of Visser/Huxtable to be crowned the 2016 Class T champions.
Chris, a member of the Total Excellium Team has competed in 109 SACCS championships since 2002 and ended the 2019 season in third spot overall in the Production Vehicle Championship and the highest placed privateer.
With his roots still firmly entrenched in the North West Province, Chris and his wife Mareta and daughter Charlize enjoy the agricultural surrounds of the Vryburg area where the couple farm with crops, a Bonsmara cattle stud and a Friesian horse stud.
Chris is also the CEO and driving force behind the Benoni based Chris Visser Transport, an owner operated company established by him 29 years ago specialising in road freight, transportation of general goods and more recently hazardous chemicals throughout Southern Africa.
“I have always been an extremely determined and active person and enjoy the numerous challenges my diversified business interests present. The company is recognised as a leader in the transport industry and we pride ourselves on a track record of safe and timeous delivery at competitive prices and a healthy relationship with our client base,” Visser said.
“I am privileged to be surrounded by a dedicated team of self-motivated individuals who share my appetite for hard work, equality, honesty and good interpersonal relationships,” Visser added.
“Cross Country Racing is ingrained in our family and the highly competitive nature of the sport is an antidote to my spirited nature and also provides the opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family in the great South African outdoors,” said Visser.