|ABSA 2012: Sun City 400 Rally a welcome Challenge for Team Ford Racing.|
Team Ford Racing is gearing up for the challenging conditions synonymous with the Sun City 400, round five of the South African "ABSA Off Road Championship". Getting underway on the weekend of 27th and 28th July, the team is setting its sights on silverware.
Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst in their Class SP Ford Ranger took victory at the Sun City 400 in 2010 a feat they were eager to repeat last year. "Last year we got off to a strong start and lead the race in the early stages but an altercation with a tree stump put paid to our chances," explains Visser. "This year we´ll be looking to make amends."
The event is highly regarded as a favourite among many of the contenders but it´s not without its challenges. "It´s definitely one of the toughest events on the calendar," he continues. "You´re up against rocks, dongas, dust, long grass, all sorts really. The tricky conditions also mean it can be unpredictable - anything can happen."
Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable in the sister Ford Ranger SP car had a clean run at last year´s event. They steered clear of trouble to eventually finish sixth.
"We learnt a lot last year with a solid finish despite the tough conditions. This year we are more experienced and have better understanding of the car. Our goal is to translate those learnings into a good result."
As always the Sun City 400 is expected to be a spectator friendly event and being so close to both Johannesburg and Pretoria many fans are expected to journey out for the day and enjoy the thrilling action.
"The Sun City 400 is a popular event with everyone," explains Team Manager Neil Woolridge. "The drivers enjoy the challenging route, it is very spectator friendly and even the crew are particularly fond of it thanks to the favourable service park. But, make no mistake its challenging. Dust could be particularly prohibitive for the drivers while rocks and foreign objects could play a factor in determining the final outcome."
Team Ford Racing´s efforts would not be possible without the support of its dedicated sponsors BP, Castrol, Innovation Group, Motorvia, Sign Solutions and Time Freight.
2012/07/23 | 12:35 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/CHAANE