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Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014


Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014


Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014


Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014













































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Donaldson CC: Ford´s Woolridge "first race of season didn´t go as planned"






Atlas Copco Ford Racing is aiming to capitalise on its strong podium finish at the season-opening race of the 2014 South African "Donaldson Cross Country Championship" when the series heads to Mooi River for round two, the "Toyota Dealer 450" on 4 and 5 April 2014.

It will be the second entirely new route in as many races, as the event has moved to the Mooi River area in KwaZulu-Natal for the first time after alternating between Richmond and Eston in recent seasons.

The move is in line with the South African Off Road Car Racing Association (SANORA) aim of taking events to new areas and creating a broader audience for cross country racing.

"As with the opening round in Harrismith, the Toyota Dealer 450 will be completely new to all the teams, so we should be in with a fighting chance to secure some good results," says Neil Woolridge, Team Manager of Atlas Copco Ford Racing. "The Mooi River area is rough, rocky and very technical in the forest sections, and the recent heavy rains will make it even tougher, particularly with all the river crossings. It will be a very demanding event on both man and machine."

Having scored an impressive third overall on the RFS 450, Manfred Schroder and Japie Badenhorst will be aiming to take the challenge to the championship leaders. Schroder is currently filling in for Chris Visser, who is still recovering from a neck injury sustained on the Dakar Rally.

Team-mates Gary Bertholdt and Siegfried Rousseau will be looking to kick their championship into top gear with a decent result too. Despite qualifying third and tussling with Schoder/Badenhorst for much of the opening race, their challenge came to an abrupt end on the RFS 450 when the Ranger got stuck in a treacherous mud hole.

After having to settle for ninth place in Class T, they will be intent on using the proven pace of their ex-Dakar Ranger to challenge the contenders at the sharp end of the field.

"The first race of the season didn´t go as planned, although we were delighted with Manfred and Japie´s third overall," Woolridge says. "It´s a pity that Chris has been forced to sit out the second race too, but it`s a long and hard season and we have no doubt that the team will be competitive. Manfred has shown that he´s still very quick, and Gary and Siegfried will be giving it their all in an effort to reclaim essential championship points. Following the RFS 450 race we have done some work on the Class T Ford Rangers, and the upgrades should improve the pace of our cars for this race," Woolridge states.

The race headquarters, start/finish and designated service park for the Toyota Dealer 450 will be based at the Weston Agricultural College on the outskirts of Mooi River, on the old road to Greytown.

The route for the qualifying and two race loops that make up the 450 km event crisscross the R622 between Mooi River and Greytown. The 100 km qualifying race to determine grid positions sets off at 11:30 on Friday 4 April, and the race starts at 08:30 on Saturday 5 April with two 175 km loops and a compulsory 15 minute service at the end of the first loop.

There are seven designated spectator points along the route, all easily accessible from race headquarters, with good viewing and plenty of close-up action, according to the organisers.

2014/03/29 | 09:45 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/FORD











Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




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 |




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 |




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 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 |




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: 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: 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 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: 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 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 |




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 |




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 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 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: 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 |




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 |




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 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 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 VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




















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