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ABSA 2012: Atlas Copco Crew off to a good start on RFS Magalies 400 Rally.




The Atlas Copco Toyota Hilux pair of Gary Bertholdt and stand-in navigator Siegfried Rousseau upstaged a string of more fancied crews to win the Production Vehicle category on the Donaldson Prologue at the RFS Magalies 400 here today.

The prologue determined grid position for tomorrow’s race, round one of the Absa Off Road Championship, and produced a few surprises. With Rousseau standing in for Ralph Pitchford who had prior commitments this weekend, the Atlas Copco pair stormed to a 39 second advantage over former champions Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst in the factory Ford Racing Ranger.

The experienced Rousseau has plenty of seat time in space frame Special Vehicles and was having his first outing in a Production Car. It turned into a successful and provided the Atlas Copco team with a flying start to the season.

"We had a clean run everything fell into place," said Rousseau. "There is a big difference between Special and Production Vehicle but I enjoyed myself. Hopefully the race will also produce a happy result."

Visser and Badenhorst, the 2010 Production Vehicle champions had a trouble free run and has 35 seconds in hand over Pikkie Labuschagne and Rikus Erasmus in the Ruwacon Racing Toyota Hilux. North West privateers Malcolm Kock and Johan Burger (Kock and Sons Toyota Hilux) and Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable, in the second factory Ford Ranger, rounded out the top five.

Reigning champions Jannie Visser and Joks le Roux (International Truck Toyota Hilux) were next up with just 12 seconds separating Labuschagne/Erasmus, Kock/Burger, Woolridge/Huxtable and the reigning champions. Woolridge/Huxtable and Visser/le Roux posted identical times.

There were mixed fortunes for some fancied crews. Castrol Toyota Hilux pair Anthony Taylor and Chris Birkin hit a hidden rock at speed and lost a front wheel and other suspension bits and pieces in the process. They will set off tomorrow from the mass start at the back of the field and have an uphill task ahead of them.

Team-mates Duncan Vos and Rob Howie took a conservative approach and finished 10th. Last year’s winners, Hannes Grobler and Hennie ter Stege (RFS BMW X3) started off strongly and then a puncture set them back with the veteran crew eventually finishing 16th.

Teenagers Jason Venter and Vincent van Alleman (4x4 Mega World Toyota Hilux) made a good start to their Class D career by upstaging the experienced Cliff Weichelt/Johan Smalberger and Louis Weichelt/Maret Bezuidenhout in a pair of N1 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers. For the youngsters, who last year competed in Class E, the race will be an early test of character.
The experienced Dirk Putter/Koos Claasens (Sizwe Toyota Hilux) and Diederik Hattingh/Buks Cilliers (Transcor Toyota Hilux) set the pace in Class E. Not far behind them were Northern Region graduates Johan Griffioen and Willem Marais in the Force Fuel Toyota Hilux.

Tomorrow’s race starts at 08:30 at Tarlton with crews scheduled to complete three laps of a 110 kilometre route. There will be a compulsory 15 minute stop after the second lap.

Public entrance to Tarlton International Raceway is free of charge, and there is also no charge for entry to spectator points along the route.

2012/03/10 | 15:32 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/FORTUNE











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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 |




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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 |




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