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Rally dos Sertões: Both Ford Rangers reached top speeds above 175 km/h. | 27.08.2014


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Baja Poland: X-raid with four Mini All4 Racing - chase for World Cup continues. | 26.08.2014


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ABSA 2012: Ford crew Visser/Badenhorst keep South African title hopes alive.







Ford Racing’s former South Africa champions Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst made sure the Production Vehicle championship stayed alive when they won the "Human Auto 400", the penultimate round of the South African "ABSA Off Road Championship", which ended last weekend.

Visser and Badenhorst (Ford Racing Ranger) scored their second win in a row when they held off a fierce challenge from championship leaders Duncan Vos and Rob Howie, in a Team Castrol Toyota Hilux.

In the process Visser and Badenhorst trimmed the Castrol Toyota pair’s championship lead from 24,5 points to 18,5 points, and for the second year in a row the championship fight will go to the final event of the season.

Visser and Badenhorst, who started the day a second ahead of Vos and Howie, finally stretched the gap to 36 seconds. The two frontrunners set a hot pace and were nearly five minutes ahead of third placed Anthony Taylor and Chris Birkin, in a second Castrol Toyota Hilux.

"The Ford crew drove a terrific race," said a sporting Vos at the finish. "We were waiting for them to make a mistake, but it never came. "It was a very technical route with a good mix of fast and slow sections, and you had to be constantly alert. I think we both did a good job."

Only four seconds separated Taylor/Birkin, Visser/Badenhorst and Vos/Howie after the Donaldson Prologue to determine race grid positions. After the start Visser/Badenhorst were soon into the lead followed by Vos and Howie with Taylor/Birkin dropping back.

At the end of the first of the 170 kilometre loops that made up the race the gap between the Ford crew and Vos/Howie was only seven seconds. A fascinating cat and mouse game was played out over the second loop with Visser and Badenhorst holding their nerve under intense pressure.

Taylor/Birkin eventually got the better of Hannes Grobler and Hennie ter Stege, in the RFS BMW X3, for the final place on the podium. The veteran RFS BMW were a solid fourth but a little further back a huge fight developed with only 10 seconds finally separating three crews.

Off road legend Alfie Cox and German co-driver Jurgen Schroder (PS Laser Nissan Navara) finally edged out Christiaan du Plooy/Henk Janse van Vuuren (RFS BMW X3) by four seconds with Lance Woolridge/Ward Huxtable a further six seconds adrift in the second Ford Racing Ranger.

The top 10 was completed by the Regent Racing Nissan Navaras of Mike Whitehouse/Matthew Carlson and Terence Marsh/George Smalberger and the SA Warranties Navara of Archie Rutherford and Paralympics swimming legend Natalie du Toit. It was a second successive top 10 finish for Rutherford with a sporting celebrity sitting alongside him.

"It was an awesome experience," said du Toit afterwards. "Two punctures on the first lap hurt us, but we were 10 minutes faster on the second loop and a top 10 finish was great."

The Class D battle produced a popular win for Mpumalanga brothers Johan and Werner Horn in the Malalane Toyota Land Cruiser. After a couple of near misses this season the Horns finally saw off championship leaders Cliff Weichelt and Johann Smalberger in the N1 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser.

A troubled second loop saw Weichelt and Smalberger under pressure from reigning champions Jack and Sarel Oosthuizen (LMC Land Rover) who were only 14 seconds in arrears.

A sixth win in seven outings saw Dirk Putter and Koos Claasens (4x4 Mega World Toyota Hilux) wrap up the Class E title. After a disappointing prologue, Putter and Claasens made up more than four minutes to beat KwaZulu-Natal pair Rowan Lamb and Lyle Parker (Ford Ranger) by 44 seconds.

After prologue problems Bloemfontein crew Gerald le Roux and Hendrik Badenhorst fought back to take third place in the Ruwacon Ford Ranger.

Human Auto 400 Final overall results Cars Production Class Top 10

01) Visser / Badenhorst I Ford Ranger I 05:25:01
02) Vos / Howie I Toyota Hilux I 05:25:37
03) Taylor / Birkin I Toyota Hilux I 05:29:48
04) Grobler / Ter Stege I BMW X3 I 05:31:02
05) Cox / Schroder I Nissan Navara I 05:38:35
06) Du Plooy / Janse van Vuuren I BMW X3 I 05:38:39
07) Woolridge / Huxtable I Ford Ranger I 05:38:45
08) Whitehouse / Carlson I Nissan Navara I 05:43:46
09) Marsh / Smalberger I Nissan Navara I 05:59:48
10) Rutherford / Du Toit I Nissan Navara I 06:09:30

2012/10/22 | 19:21 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/FORTUNE











Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 | NEW




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




Rally dos Sertões: Both Ford Rangers reached top speeds above 175 km/h. | 27.08.2014 17:07 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Onboard with X-Rally Ford Ranger Baumgart / Cincea | 27.08.2014 16:35 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Stagewin for Toyota´s Varela in S3 but Spinelli still leader. | 27.08.2014 16:19 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Goncalves - "Hope to ride hard without making mistakes" | 27.08.2014 16:00 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Marc Coma wins again in Bikes and remains the leadership. | 27.08.2014 15:35 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 19:14 | NEW




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




Baja Poland: X-raid with four Mini All4 Racing - chase for World Cup continues. | 26.08.2014 17:21 | NEW




Baja Poland: Overdrive Racing with five Toyota Hilux and Nasser Al Attiyah. | 26.08.2014 16:45 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Mitsubishi´s Spinelli / Haddad the new leader in the cars. | 26.08.2014 05:17 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Gonçalves wins SS2 in Bikes but Coma still overall leader. | 26.08.2014 05:02 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Nice impressions from the first days in Brazil (79) | 26.08.2014 04:53 | NEW




Baja Poland VIDEO: Official trailer of the Baja Poland FIA CC World Cup 2014 | 26.08.2014 04:32 | NEW




Donaldson CC: Test of character for the teams at South African Vryburg 450 | 26.08.2014 03:49 | NEW




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Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 02:30 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 01:59 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Driving onboard with Overdrive Toyota Hilux of Verala | 26.08.2014 01:46 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Honda´s Paulo Goncalves wins second stage in the bikes. | 26.08.2014 01:28 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment video of SS01 Sunday (crash) | 26.08.2014 00:56 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Equipe Mitsubishi Petrobras crews in the first stage | 26.08.2014 00:53 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Second victory of Overdrive´s Varela/Gugelmin in stage 01. | 25.08.2014 20:01 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall & daily CARS & TRUCKS SS01 on Sunday | 25.08.2014 00:04 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall & daily BIKES & QUADS SS01 on Sunday | 24.08.2014 23:32 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: HRC´s Rodrigues "Think that has been a good day for us". | 24.08.2014 22:57 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Marc Coma wins SS01 in front of Rodrigues and Goncalves. | 24.08.2014 21:43 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Onboard NWM Ford Ranger X-Rally Team prologue | 24.08.2014 21:32 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Goncalves, Azevedo and Coma fastest in bikes Saturday | 24.08.2014 21:27 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment video of the prologue Saturday | 24.08.2014 20:57 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team in the prologue Saturday | 24.08.2014 20:54 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Varela, Baumgart and Spinelli fastest cars in the prologue. | 24.08.2014 20:29 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Team Facco meeting rolled Cestari in the prologue | 23.08.2014 21:33 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall & daily CARS TRUCKS Prologue Saturday | 23.08.2014 21:16 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall & daily BIKES & QUADS Prologue Saturday | 23.08.2014 20:41 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: HRC Honda Paulo Goncalves fastest in the bikes prologue. | 23.08.2014 20:22 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Rally started with Press Conference - Prologue on Saturday. | 23.08.2014 18:03 |




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