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ABSA 2010: Team Castrol Toyota crews dominate 4X4 Mega World prologue.





Team Castrol Toyota Hilux crews Duncan Vos/Rob Howie and Anthony Taylor/Robin Houghton, both without a win this season, today dominated the Donaldson Prologue to determine start positions for tomorrow’s 4x4 Mega World 400 at Carnival City.

The event is round five of the Absa Off Road Championship with the factory Toyota team desperate for a win. With only 23 points separating seven teams at the top of the Production Vehicle championship the race is also important from a championship point of view.

Vos and Howie came in 33 seconds ahead of Taylor and Houghton with a good battle between the team-mates in the offing. Just under a minute behind the Toyota crews were a rejuvenated Thomas Rundle and Juan Mohr in the Barden Tyres Nissan Navara.

Fourth fastest were championship leaders Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst in the RFS Toyota Hilux with Mike Whitehouse and Mathew Carlson (Regent Racing Nissan Navara), rounding out the top five. Whitehouse and Carlson are the only crew in the premier SP Class with a 100 percent finish record this season.

Neither of the factory Toyota crew reported any major problems. Rundle and Mohr, third on the recent Sun City 400, also reported a clean run with confidence high within the team.

Visser complained about not being able to find a rhythm, while Whitehouse/Carlson also reported a clean run. There were problems, however, for former South African champions Neil Woolridge and Kenny Skjoldhammer, in the diesel powered Team Ford Ranger, and last year’s winners, Gary Bertholdt and Andre Vermeulen, in the Atlas Copco Toyota Hilux.

A gearbox mounting broke on the Ford Ranger while the Atlas Copco Hilux lost front wheel drive, got stuck in a vlei and was being assessed for possible front differential problems. Both crews will start from the back of the field and have mountains to climb.

There was also an interesting scenario in Class D where championship leaders Dewald van Breda and Johann du Toit (Northam Toyota Hilux) will also start from the back of the field – while two new cars took first and second on the prologue. Van Breda/du Toit broke a side shaft while Deon Venter (4x4 Mega World Toyota Hilux) and Louis Weichelt and Johan Smalberger (N1 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser) had encouraging outings in cars being raced for the first time.

It was a good day for the 4x4 Mega World team with Pikkie Labuschagne and Rikus Erasmus setting the fastest time in Class E. Second were teenager Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable, in the Team Ford Ranger, who currently lead the championship.

Class E casualties were brothers Diederik and Danie Hattingh in the Transcor Toyota Hilux who hit a ditch. Danie ended up in hospital for x-rays for lower back injuries and will be replaced in tomorrow’s race by Mike Lawrenson.

Tomorrow’s race starts at 8am with race headquarters, the start/finish and the designated service all at the Carnival City complex. Public entry to these areas is free of charge as well as the 19 spectator viewing points along the route.

2010/08/27 | 21:20 CET | Editor: MR/HS/FORTUNE











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




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




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