HOME | CONTACT | IMPRINT | ADVERTISING | RSS















NEWS & LIVE TOP HEADLINES


NEWS & LIVE ARCHIVE


ENGLISH NEWSLETTER


FAQ: HOW DOES IT WORK?


FAQ: MY/OUR NEWS HERE?


FAQ: OLDER NEWS?













Breslau Poland: Rally on standby by Military because of actual political situation. | 18.07.2014


Breslau Poland: The truck-legends are back - scrutineering - Ford Ranger. | 12.07.2014


Breslau Poland PHOTOS: First Impressions of the Scrutineering in Recz (60). | 12.07.2014


Africa Eco Race: End of preferential rates - review rally presentations Europe. | 04.07.2014


Dakar Rally 2015: Carlos Sousa switch from Great Wall to Mitsubishi Petrobras. | 04.07.2014


Hungarian Baja: 2014 is promising a big challenge for 11th edition in Hungary. | 03.07.2014


Dakar Rally 2015: Peugeot 2008 DKR - first test, new detailed technical data. | 03.07.2014













































Welcome to the marathonrally.com newssection. Here you can find the article you selected. For a full selection of news please click on "NEWS & LIVEREPORTS", for older articles use the search function in top of the right navigation.




ABSA 2012: Close Production Vehicle battle on Human Auto 400 Prologue

With only four seconds separating the three championship contenders on the grid the Production Vehicle category is poised for high drama on the "Human Auto 400", the penultimate round of South Africa´s "ABSA Off Road Championships", on Friday.

Team Castrol Toyota Hilux pair Anthony Taylor and Chris Birkin led the way on a tight 62 kilometre Donaldson Prologue which took the off road fraternity into new territory with the event moved to Thaba ‘Nchu after two years in Bloemfontein.

Taylor and Birkin were just one second ahead of Ford Racing crew Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst, with the 2010 South African champions three seconds ahead of championship leaders Duncan Vos and Rob Howie in a second factory Castrol Toyota Hilux.

Vos and Howie go into tomorrow’s race with a 24,5 point championship lead over Visser and Badenhorst in the Ford Ranger. Taylor and Birkin are a further 10,5 points arrears in the second Castrol Toyota Hilux and will be looking for their first win of the season.

The four second gap at the start between the three frontrunners is going to ensure a hectic start to the race. It is a recipe for high drama on a tough and technical route that is going to provide a stern test for all the crews.

Such was the pace of the three frontrunners that they were more than 40 seconds clear of veteran former SA champions Hannes Grobler and Hennie ter Stege, in the RFS BMW X3. A little more than 40 seconds also separated Grobler and ter Stege, who will retire at the end of the season, from off road legend Alfie Cox and German co-driver Jurgen Schroder in the PS Laser Nissan Navara.

Cox and Schroder were followed home by Bloemfontein crew Louw de Bruin and Riaan Greyling in the Ruwacon Racing Ford Ranger. In another tight contest only 11 seconds separated the local crew from Willem Vos/Werner Weiss (Vossies BMW X3) and Christiaan du Plooy and Henk Janse van Vuuren in the second RFS BMW X3.

There was a huge amount of interest in the off road debut of Paralympics swimming legend Natalie du Toit who was sharing the SA Warranties Nissan Navara with veteran driver Archie Rutherford. In a competent performance the pair finished 13th in the premier SP Class.

There was yet another close contest in Class D where Cliff Weichelt and Johann Smalberger led home Louis Weichelt and Maret Bezuidenhout by only 11 seconds. Both crews were out in N1 4x4 Land Cruisers with Cliff Weichelt and Smalberger looking to wrap up the championship this weekend.

Brothers Johan and Werner Horn (Malalane Toyota Land Cruiser) were a further 25 seconds adrift of Louis Weichelt and Bezuidenhout. A friendly rivalry has sprung up between the Weichelts and the Horns and the trio look set for another interesting duel.

There was a surprise in Class E where KwaZulu-Natal crew Rowan Lamb and Lyle Parker (Ford Ranger) led home reigning champions Jack and Sarel Oosthuizen (LMC Land Rover) and runaway championship leaders Dirk Putter and Koos Claasens in the 4x4 Mega World Toyota Hilux. Lamb/Parker had a four minute cushion over the Oosthuizens with Putter/Claasens a further 12 seconds in arrears.

Tomorrow’s race starts at 08:30 at the Black Mountain Hotel on the outskirts of Thaba ‘Nchu. The designated service point will also be at the Black Mountain Hotel with a compulsory 15 minute halt at the end of the first of two 170 laps.

Public entry to the start/finish and the designated service point, as well as spectator points along the route, is free of charge.

2012/10/19 | 22:07 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/FORTUNE











Breslau Poland: Rally on standby by Military because of actual political situation. | 18.07.2014 09:56 |




Breslau Poland RESULTS: Daily results after SS01 Recz / Recz roundcourse | 13.07.2014 23:38 |




Breslau Poland: The truck-legends are back - scrutineering - Ford Ranger. | 12.07.2014 15:17 |




Breslau Poland PHOTOS: First Impressions of the Scrutineering in Recz (60). | 12.07.2014 14:29 |




Africa Eco Race: End of preferential rates - review rally presentations Europe. | 04.07.2014 15:44 |




Rally Raid VIDEO: Special tuned and loud Nissan Patrol RB25DET from Bulgaria | 04.07.2014 15:14 |




Red Bull Romaniacs: The most diversified Extreme Enduro track ever in 2014 | 04.07.2014 14:24 |




Dakar Rally 2015: Carlos Sousa switch from Great Wall to Mitsubishi Petrobras. | 04.07.2014 11:21 |




Baja Deutschland VIDEO: Summary of Dutch competitors in Germany in June | 04.07.2014 10:37 |




TORC 2014: Douglas continues to run up front - finishes Third in Round 7 | 04.07.2014 10:17 |




Hungarian Baja: 2014 is promising a big challenge for 11th edition in Hungary. | 03.07.2014 22:28 |




TORC 2014: Barlow Motorsports - All four cars had various levels of success | 03.07.2014 22:22 |




Dakar Rally 2015 VIDEO: The all-new Peugeot 2008 DKR buggy - first preview | 03.07.2014 19:08 |




Dakar Rally 2015: Peugeot 2008 DKR - first test, new detailed technical data. | 03.07.2014 18:48 |




Donaldson CC: The African sands deliver their verdict in the Dakar Challenge | 03.07.2014 18:18 |




TORC 2014: Team Kleiman Off Road Racing - "Big House Brawl" Race Report | 03.07.2014 18:11 |




TORC 2014: Ross Hoek gets first PRO-4x4 Podium - third place in round 8 | 03.07.2014 17:55 |




Donaldson CC VIDEO: Impressions Toyota Team Kalahari Botswana Desert race | 03.07.2014 17:48 |




Donaldson CC: Rhide SA´s Brian Baragtwanath wins Quads Dakar Challenge | 03.07.2014 17:38 |




Donaldson CC: Bertholdt / Rousseau win free entry for the Dakar Rally 2015. | 03.07.2014 17:17 |




Donaldson CC: History repeats in Special Vehicles Class in Botswana rally | 03.07.2014 15:40 |




Donaldson CC: Taylor / Murphy win Toyota Botswana 1000 Dakar Challenge. | 03.07.2014 15:17 |




OiLibya Morocco: Organizer NPO unveils details of the 2014 stages in Morocco. | 27.06.2014 14:22 |




OiLibya Morocco VIDEO: Official trailer for the OiLibya Rally in Morocco 2014 | 27.06.2014 14:04 |




Dakar Challenge: Team Rhide SA ready for the Dakar Challenge in Botswana | 26.06.2014 18:52 |




FIA CC World Cup: UAE study points way to increasing safety to saving lives. | 26.06.2014 17:48 |




LOORR 2014: Solid weekend at Miller sport park in Utah for Casey Currie | 26.06.2014 17:02 |




Dakar Rally 2015: Japanese Hino truck already preparing for 2015 Dakar Rally | 26.06.2014 16:59 |




Dakar Rally 2015: X-raid strikes back - Dakar winner Roma extends contract. | 25.06.2014 17:33 |




ULTRA 4 Europe: Second day report ULTRA 4 race in Italy - by Robb Pritchard | 25.06.2014 14:43 |




AXCR Asia CC Rally: Outlander PHEV to tackle rally for second straight year. | 25.06.2014 14:14 |




AXCR Asia CC Rally VIDEO: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Hybrid in AXCR Rally | 25.06.2014 14:08 |




Donaldson CC: Desperate times for Special Vehicles in Botswana 1000 desert | 25.06.2014 13:53 |




TORC 2014: Flying Dutchman Mike Vanden Heuvel prepares for Crandon Brush | 25.06.2014 12:59 |




TORC 2014 VIDEO: Impressions from TORC Series by Amsoil round Bark River | 25.06.2014 12:57 |




TORC 2014: Dale Chestnut wins RD2 and leads TORC Classix Championship | 25.06.2014 12:46 |




TORC 2014: Steve Barlow and Adrian Cenni take PRO-class podiums in BR | 25.06.2014 12:45 |




Dakar Rally 2015: Former Winner Nasser al-Attiyah to switch to Toyota 2015. | 24.06.2014 17:54 |




LOORR 2014: Team Toyo’s Kyle LeDuc captures third successive sweep in Utah | 24.06.2014 17:15 |




Baja Rally: Mexican rally adds new Adventure Bike Expert class for 2014. | 24.06.2014 16:54 |




















NEWS & LIVEREPORTS




NEWS & RALLY ARCHIVE




NEWSLETTER










VIDEO CLIP GALLERY




PHOTO LIVE GALLERY




PHOTO DATA & SHOP




YOUTUBE CHANNEL




FIA CC WC CALENDAR




IMPRINT & CONTACT




ADVERTISE ONLINE








RACE-DEZERT.COM




TERENOWO.PL











FACEBOOK GROUP




TWITTER GROUP




DAILYMOTION




RSS LIVE FEED


















HOME | TERMS OF SERVICE | PRIVACY STATEMENT | IMPRINT | ADVERTISING

Copyright 2003 - 2014 | All rights reserved by marathonrally.com international
London | Hamburg | Saint Petersburg | Kuala Lumpur | Monte-Carlo
Major office: marathonrally.com international | Joern Schekahn
Address: Gluckstr 74 A | 22081 Hamburg | Germany
Phone: +49 152 53 54 19 38
Email:
INFO(AT)MARATHONRALLY.COM | Web: MARATHONRALLY.COM