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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: Toyota Teams lead Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Challenge




Toyota, without a win on the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race since 1999, ended day one of this year’s race in a powerful position with provisional results placing two factory cars and a privateer in the first three places.

After a day of intrigue and drama, only three minutes separated the first four cars after more than seven hours of racing with Anthony Taylor and Robin Houghton leading Team Castrol Toyota team-mates Duncan Vos and Rob Howie by a minute and 43 seconds. Only four seconds further adrift in third place were privateers and championship leaders Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst in the RFS Toyota Hilux.

The three Toyotas fought a cat and mouse battle and edged out veterans Hannes Grobler and Hennie ter Stege, in the diesel powered BMW, who harried the Toyota trio throughout the day. It has set up an intriguing fight over the final section of the race tomorrow. "It was a tough day," said Taylor. "The route was tight and technical and you had to concentrate every inch of the way. "The tight situation up front made it even tougher and tomorrow is going to be intense."

Toyota’s hand on the final day was given a further boost with Bloemfontein crew George Barkhuizen and David van Wyck (AIM Toyota Hilux) an impressive fifth place. Soaring temperatures and a tight and technical route took a heavy toll on competitors with a string of fancied competitors falling by the wayside.

The lead crews all reported relatively clean runs with their progress hampered by niggly problems. It was a different story for a string of premier SP Class competitors who all fell by the wayside.

Chief among them were former winners Neil Woolridge and Kenny Skjoldhammer, in the Team Ford Ranger TDCi, who retired with turbo problems. Thomas Rundle/Juan Mohr (Barden Tyres Services Nissan Navara) blew a motor and off road legend Alfie Cox and Jurgen Schroder (SP Laser Nissan Navara) retired with a blown head gasket.

The longest run of consecutive finishes in current off road racing came to an end when Mike Whitehouse and Mathew Carlson rolled the Regent Racing Nissan Navara. Christiaan du Plooy/Henk Janse van Vuuren (RFS Toyota Hilux), Louw de Bruin/Riaan Greyling (Ruwacon Ford Ranger) and local pair Ausman Sadiq and Shaukat Fazaldin (Nissan Navara) also dropped out as the day wore on.

In Class D there were only two finishers with Deon Venter and Ian Palmer a creditable sixth overall in the 4x4 Mega World Toyota Hilux. In only their second outing in a new car Venter and Palmer were a long way ahead of the Land Rover of Johan Steyn and Paul Jonker who were the last of the 54 cars to start out in both the production and Special vehicle categories.

After retiring from the Donaldson Prologue yesterday there was more trouble for Louis Weichelt and Johann Smalberger in the N1 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser. Their day ended when a ball joint on the steering broke and they hit a tree.

There was also a high drop out rate in Class E where Malcolm Kock, son of former winner Andre, and Johan Burger (Toyota Hilux) were a long way ahead of Gerald le Roux and Willem Pretorius in the Ruwacon Racing Ford Ranger. Championship leaders Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable (Team Ford Ranger) were third but have plenty of ground to make up.

Among the casualties were the two 4x4 Mega World Toyota Hilux entries of Pikkie Labuschagne/Rikus Erasmus and Hein Moolman/JD Wolfaardt, and the Adenco Ford Ranger of Etienne Bezuidenhout and Hanro Visser.

The final loop of the race starts at Kumakwane, about 25 kilometres from Gaborone, at 8am tomorrow. The designated service point is also at Kumakwane with the first cars expected at approximately 3pm.

2010/09/28 | 13:10 CET | EDITOR: MR/HS











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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