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Donaldson CC: Production Vehicle Teams aim for fast start of RFS 400 Rally.







Production Vehicle championship hopefuls - and there are plenty of them – will be aiming to get their seasons off to a fast start on the RFS 400, round one of The Donaldson Cross Country Championship, in the Magaliesburg area on March 1 and 2.

Championships are not won on the first event of a new season, but an early win or good performance works wonders for early confidence in what is the most competitive series of its kind in world motorsport. Some new cars and driver/navigator combinations add to the early season intrigue and air of expectation and uncertainty that always greets the opening of a new season.

Fresh from another Dakar Rally triumph for Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz there will be early pressure on the Team Castrol Toyota squad. Reigning Production Vehicle champions Duncan Vos and Rob Howie will be keen to bounce back from an early Dakar exit, while Anthony Taylor will be going into battle with a new co-driver in Dennis Murphy after the retirement of veteran Chris Birkin.

The Toyota crews will be there or thereabouts, but there will also be early pressure on the Ford Racing crews of former SA champions Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst and Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable. Both crews will be out in new Ford Rangers and there will be high expectations for both Visser/Badenhorst and Woolridge/Huxtable to immediately start producing good results.

Factory teams are always under pressure in this respect but there are some pretty handy privateer teams lurking in what is a highly competitive premier SP Class. Regent Racing has thrown no fewer than five entries into the fray with Terence Marsh/Gerhard Schutte and Mike Whitehouse/Matthew Carlson leading the charge in the pair of V8 Nissan Navaras.

Back-up for the V8 entries comes from Thomas Rundle and Juan Mohr who are back in action in a Barden Tyre Services Navara running under the Regent Racing team banner, and German pair Jurgen and Daniel Schroder in another Nissan Navara. The Regent challenge is rounded out by experienced Archie Rutherford who will have singer/entertainer Heinz Winckler alongside him in the Imperial Automotive Racing Nissan Navara.

Tough competition also comes from Gary Bertholdt and Siegfried Rousseau in the Atlas Copco Toyota Hilux. Bertholdt will be looking to go out with a bang while he waits for delivery of a new Nissan Navara, with the Atlas Copco challenge bolstered by Johan van Staden and Mike Lawrenson who switch from the Special Vehicle category to the SP Class.

There are plenty of other crews who could spring surprises. Christiaan du Plooy and Henk Janse van Vuuren (RFS BMW X3) won last year’s Sun City 400 while Ruwacon Racing pair Louw de Bruin/Riaan Greyling will be out in one of the ex factory Ford Rangers.

Former champions Jannie Visser and Joks le Roux (International Truck Toyota Hilux) will be looking for more consistency this season while Malcolm Kock and Johann Burger return to action in another Toyota Hilux.

Apart from de Bruin and Greyling there will also be a heavy Ford Ranger challenge. KwaZulu-Natal pair Rowan Lamb and Lyle Parker will be out in another of the ex factory cars, while there will be a two pronged attack from the Uni Freight team via Kobus van Tonder/Freddie Kriel and van Tonder siblings Jacques and Lizelle.

Gerald le Roux and Riaan Gulpa will be out in the ex de Bruin/Greyling car in Ruwacon colours with Graham and Trevor Leith out in the Transcor Ford Ranger. The Transcor car was the first of the factory Ford Rangers to be built and is still going strong.

An interesting newcomer to the SP Class fold will be Dakar motorcyclist Iain Stevenson who will also be part of the formidable Regent Racing stable. He switches codes and will be out in a Nissan Navara with Keith Solomon doing to co-driving.

Regular competitor Deon Venter will also be out under a new sponsor and together with Ian Palmer will campaign the Trysome Racing Toyota Hilux. The pair previously raced under the 4x4 Mega World banner.

Class D looks like developing into a Land Rover versus Toyota battle. Former champions Jack and Sarel Oosthuizen will again lead the Land Rover charge in the LMC Defender, while the Toyota challenge will come from Mpumalanga brothers Johan and Werner Horn (Malalane Toyota Land Cruiser) and North West youngsters Jason Venter and Vincent van Allemann in the Trysome Racing Toyota Hilux.

After romping away with the Class E title in a Toyota Hilux last season Dirk Putter and Koos Claasens will be back – but this time in a Ford Ranger. Putter and Claasens won seven out of eight events last season and will lock horns with Dewald Hattingh and Doep du Preez in the Transcor Toyota Hilux.

2013/02/26 | 21:55 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/FORTUNE











SCORE 2014: Armin Schwarz and AGM aim for podium at Imperial Valley 250 | 20.04.2014 18:59 | NEW




Sealine Rally Qatar: Team Honda HRC to defend championship leadership | 20.04.2014 18:50 | NEW




Sealine Rally Qatar: Competitors from 18 countries to start in Qatar Monday. | 20.04.2014 18:23 | NEW




Sealine Rally Qatar: Jutta Kleinschmidt and Fabrizia Pons back in the Desert. | 20.04.2014 15:17 | NEW




Sealine Rally Qatar: Yazeed Al-Rajhi rejoins Toyota Overdrive Tam in Qatar. | 19.04.2014 15:48 | NEW




Sealine Rally Qatar: After a short break, four X-raid Mini are back in action | 19.04.2014 15:24 | NEW




Donaldson CC: Tovey first footballer in Imperial Auto Celebrity Challenge | 19.04.2014 15:08 | NEW




Hungarian CC: Second race, second win for Polish Chevrolet at Turkeve Cup | 16.04.2014 19:50 |




Sealine Rally Qatar: Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah to compete in a Mini All4 Racing | 16.04.2014 19:22 |




Breslau Rally VIDEO: Official trailer of the legendary Breslau Rally Poland 2014 | 15.04.2014 23:08 |




Dakar Rally 2015 VIDEO: The Lion is back - Peugeot 2008 DKR presentation | 15.04.2014 23:05 |




Breslau Rally: Rally will be more International - new full Cross-Country class. | 15.04.2014 20:06 |




Dakar Rally 2015: Dakar Tour stopped in the Netherlands with Cyril Despres | 15.04.2014 19:24 |




Dakar Rally 2015: Peugeot unveiled first details of Peugeot 2008 DKR Proto. | 15.04.2014 19:05 |




Hungarian CC VIDEO: Short impressions Turkeve Cup - Nissan Qashqai Proto | 15.04.2014 18:53 |




Hungarian CC: Double bad luck for Hungarian Solyom Team at Turkeve Cup | 15.04.2014 18:41 |




Australasian Safari: Competitors from all around the globe - Rallysafe System | 15.04.2014 18:13 |




Dakar Rally 2015 VIDEO: Tatra-Union - Loprais and Buggyra Dakar Forces | 15.04.2014 17:39 |




FIM World Cup: Paulo Gonçalves - "It's not about luck - it’s about hard work". | 15.04.2014 17:38 |




Sealine Rally Qatar: QMMF announces route for Sealine Cross Country rally. | 14.04.2014 17:43 |




Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Marc Coma - "We fought until the last kilometer" | 14.04.2014 17:11 |




Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge VIDEO: Official video impression D5 in Abu Dhabi | 14.04.2014 16:24 |




Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge VIDEO: Summary Vasilyev Mini All4 Racing Team | 14.04.2014 16:19 |




Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge VIDEO: Kazakhstan Teams Interview Sven Quandt | 14.04.2014 16:13 |




TORC 2014: Kleiman adds second Truck 2014 - keeps busy at Primm Valley | 14.04.2014 15:55 |




TORC 2014: Canadian two-truck team Sle Co Race had a challenging weekend | 14.04.2014 15:47 |




TORC 2014: Cenni wins season opener - Kvamme gets first career podium | 14.04.2014 14:26 |




TORC 2014: Hoek welcomes Nitto & Trailready with solid start at Primm Valley | 14.04.2014 14:19 |




Defender Challenge: Race2Recovery take top step on Defender Challenge RD2 | 14.04.2014 13:45 |




Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Four Overdrive Toyota in the final Top 10 | 14.04.2014 13:18 |




Formula Off-Road: Robby Gordon wins round 3 in front of Venezuela´s EJ Viso | 14.04.2014 12:54 |




Dakar Rally 2015: Czech Loprais Tatra team now together with Buggyra Tatra. | 14.04.2014 11:17 |




Pharaons Rally: X-raid back in Egypt, the stages of the Egyptian Rally 2014. | 14.04.2014 10:41 |




Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Vasilyev/Zhiltsov and Mini winning in Abu Dhabi. | 10.04.2014 15:31 |




Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Surprising ADDC victory for Paulo Goncalves. | 10.04.2014 14:59 |




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Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Coma leading, Sunderland mechanical problems. | 10.04.2014 08:38 |




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