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ABSA 2011: South African opener Adenco 400 Rally is going to be a scorcher.





The Adenco 400 in the Western Cape, the opening round of this year’s Absa Off Road Championship in South Africa on March 11 and 12, looks like turning into a scorcher - in more ways than one.

According to route director Bill Bright from the Cape Peninsula Motorcycle and Car Club the weather in the Darling region, where the race has its headquarters, has been extremely hot over the last two months. Although temperatures are expected to cool over the next couple of weeks hot, dry and dusty conditions are expected.

Weather conditions apart, a quick glance at the preliminary entry list also suggests that the race action is going to be hectic. Final entries are expected to top the 55 mark, but it is the depth of quality in both the Production and Special Vehicle categories that suggests a number of the championship class battles are once again going to go all the way to the wire.

The preliminary entry list also highlights some interesting developments in the Production and Special Vehicle categories. Crew changes and new machinery add an air of anticipation and the season is certain to get off to a resounding start.

On the Production Vehicle front Team Castrol Toyota are racing against time to get a pair of new Toyota Hilux entries ready for action in the premier Class SP category. The class is again going to be highly competitive with 16 entries already in the bag for the Adenco 400.

The entry list is led by reigning SA champions Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst in the Visser Transport Toyota Hilux. They will be aiming for back to back wins in the Western Cape and will again be looking to lead the privateer challenge against the factory Toyota and Ford Racing teams.

Reigning champions Deon Venter and Ian Palmer will be early favourites in Class D, but will be severely tested by young Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable who move up a notch from Class E. The teenage Woolridge was a revelation in his first full season of national racing last year, and his progress will be carefully monitored.

Ruwacon Racing Ford Ranger pair Gerald le Roux and Willem Pretorius will also be looking for back to back Adenco 400 wins in Class E. They will start early favourites ahead of Diederik Hating who will have a new co-driver in Kristo Bosman in the Transcor Toyota Hilux.

The big news in the Special Vehicle category is the move into Class A by Johan van Staden and James Rossouw in an Atlas Copco BAT. The pair dominated Class P last year and made history when they became the first Class P crew to win a national event overall.

The pair pose a huge threat to the established Class A runners led by reigning champions Kallie and Quintin Sullwald in the Elegant Fuel BAT. David and Gary White, in the Ruwacon BAT, are also Class P graduates and could spring a surprise or two.

In another major development Shameer Variawa and Siegfried Rousseau, whose championship hopes were blown out of the water at the last event of the 2010 season, have sold their long serving Porter to Daniel and Louw Zeelie. They will now campaign the BAT Spec 4 previously raced by the late Bevan Bertholdt and their rivalry with the Sullwald’s will be an ongoing affair.

Veteran Wolf-Peter Pfumfei returns to national action on a regular basis in Class B in the WPP, and consistency could make him a championship contender. Major opposition will come from the father/daughter team of Coetzee and Sandra Labuscagne in the Raysonics Zarco and Keith Makenete who now links up with Letlatsa Lehana in another Zarco.

Andrew Makenete switches from co-driving for his brother to driving another Zarco in the highly competitive Class P. Makenete and Thabo Mochebelele take on the likes of former champions Johan and Etienne Bezuidenhout (Adenco BAT), the rapid Colin Matthews and Alan Smith (Century Racing BAT), RFS Magalies 400 overall winners Archie Rutherford and navigator still to be announced (Regent Racing Jimco), Marius and Jolinda Fourie (PHB BAT) and Swaziland crew John Thomson and Clinton McNamara in a Zarco.

The Donaldson Prologue to determine grid positions will be run from 13:00 on Friday, 11 March with the race proper starting at 08:30 on the Saturday, 12 March. The prologue and race start/finish and the designated service point will all be at the Darling Club.

A spectator friendly route provides for numerous spectator viewing points all within easy access of the Darling Club. Public entry to the start/finish, the designated service point and spectator viewing points will be free of charge.

2011/02/28 | 10:26 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/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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