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Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014


Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014


Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014













































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ABSA 2010: Privateers triumph in Production Vehicle Championship series.




For the first time in over a decade a privateer crew has won the Production Vehicle overall championship in the South African Absa Off Road Championship. Although they failed to finish the recent RFS Magalies 400, the final round of the championship, RFS Toyota Hilux crew Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst clinched both the overall and premier Class SP championships. It ended a long stream of national championship triumphs by factory teams.

Visser and Badenhorst, in the RFS Toyota Hilux, scored three wins and two second places on their way to finishing 25 points clear of veterans Hannes Grobler and Hennie ter Stege in the RFS BMW X3. Grobler/ter Stege started the season in an RFS Toyota Hilux before switching to the newly built BMW, and stunned the off road world by winning the Toyota Kalahari 1000 Desert Race.

Third in both the overall and SP Class championships were Duncan Vos and Rob Howie in the factory Team Castrol Toyota Hilux. Vos was the 2009 champion with him and Howie scoring a lone victory during season.

Other wins during the season went to former SA champions Neil Woolridge and Kenny Skjoldhammer (Team Ford Ranger TDCi), Terence Marsh and Buks Carolin in the Regent Racing Nissan Navara and Anthony Taylor and Robin Houghton in the second Team Castrol Toyota entry. The Woolridge/Skjoldhammer win on the Toyota Dealer 400 was the first by a diesel powered vehicle in the Absa series.

The Class D championship went to Deon Venter and Ian Palmer in the 4x4 Mega World Toyota Hilux. The pair scored three wins in a row in the final three races of the season to finish well clear of 2009 champions Dewald van Breda and Johan du Toit in the Northam Toyota Hilux.

Van Breda and du Toit will campaign in the SP Class next season. Class D will, however, be bolstered by two N1 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser entries in the hands of Cliff and Louis Weichelt.

Toyota picked up their third driver title when Pikkie Labuschagne (4x4 Mega World Toyota Hilux) won the championship ahead of teenager Lance Woolridge in the Team Ford Ranger. A back injury picked up on the Human Auto 400 saw Woolridge miss the RFS Magalies 400 where he was replaced by former champion Manfred Schroder.

The experienced Schroder and Ward Huxtable scored a comfortable win to give Huxtable the co-driver title. Second in the co-driver title race was Rikus Erasmus who shared the 4x4 Mega World Toyota with Labuschagne.

Erasmus missed the championship bus again after he and Labuschagne lost the 2009 title race by a single point. Third in the championship went to Ruwacon Racing Ford Ranger pair Gerald le Roux and Willem Pretorius.

The prestige SA Manufacturers’ Championship was one-way traffic for Toyota. They finished more than 400 points clear of Ford with Nissan in third place.

2010/11/26 | 12:49 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/FORTUNE












Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:24 |




Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014 02:40 |




Defender Challenge VIDEO: Impressions of the series by Bowler Rd 4 Wales | 29.08.2014 01:31 |




Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014 01:27 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014 00:47 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:10 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 |




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014 04:57 |




Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014 04:48 |




Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014 02:20 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 00:44 |




Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 |




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




Rally dos Sertões: Both Ford Rangers reached top speeds above 175 km/h. | 27.08.2014 17:07 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Onboard with X-Rally Ford Ranger Baumgart / Cincea | 27.08.2014 16:35 |




Rally dos Sertões: Stagewin for Toyota´s Varela in S3 but Spinelli still leader. | 27.08.2014 16:19 |




Rally dos Sertões: Goncalves - "Hope to ride hard without making mistakes" | 27.08.2014 16:00 |




Rally dos Sertões: Marc Coma wins again in Bikes and remains the leadership. | 27.08.2014 15:35 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 19:14 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 18:57 |




Baja Poland: X-raid with four Mini All4 Racing - chase for World Cup continues. | 26.08.2014 17:21 |




Baja Poland: Overdrive Racing with five Toyota Hilux and Nasser Al Attiyah. | 26.08.2014 16:45 |




Rally dos Sertões: Mitsubishi´s Spinelli / Haddad the new leader in the cars. | 26.08.2014 05:17 |




Rally dos Sertões: Gonçalves wins SS2 in Bikes but Coma still overall leader. | 26.08.2014 05:02 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Nice impressions from the first days in Brazil (79) | 26.08.2014 04:53 |




Baja Poland VIDEO: Official trailer of the Baja Poland FIA CC World Cup 2014 | 26.08.2014 04:32 |




Donaldson CC: Test of character for the teams at South African Vryburg 450 | 26.08.2014 03:49 |




Rallyraid: Kamaz Master legend Ilgizar Mardeev tragically died in an accident. | 26.08.2014 03:09 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 02:30 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 01:59 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Driving onboard with Overdrive Toyota Hilux of Verala | 26.08.2014 01:46 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda´s Paulo Goncalves wins second stage in the bikes. | 26.08.2014 01:28 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment video of SS01 Sunday (crash) | 26.08.2014 00:56 |




















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