Here's a perspective on 2012 race leader Martin Dreyer's race performance to date. I compare it with the 3 best race times in the history of the race:
In 2009, SAA pilot Tim James set a new Freedom Challenge record of 13 days, 15 hours and 50 minutes. In that race, the 2009 rider tables show him making it to Romansfontein support station in 5 days and 13 hours.
2 years later, in 2011, Glenn Harrison went better by making it to Cape Town in 13 days, 10 hours and 40 minutes. In that race, he made it to Romansfontein in an improved 5 days, 4 hours and 35 minutes according to 2011 rider tables.
But Glenn was 2nd to Alex Harris in last year's race, who set a new race record of 12 days, 15 hours and 30 minutes. In this record breaking ride Alex got to an even better Romansfontein in 4 days, 13 hours and 20 minutes.
Early this afternoon, Martin Dreyer arrived at Romansfontein around 13h20 (according to Tracker updates), which would mean an even shorter 4 days 7 hours and 20 minutes. This is impressive given the muddy and wet conditions, and suggests that he is still very much on record pace....
....but of course a lot of water has to flow under the bridge (or across the trail, perhaps)....as they say.