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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


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


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Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014


Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014













































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Donaldson CC: Top teams chase Special Vehicle Class victory in South Africa







A growing band of suspects will be among the Special Vehicle category favourites at the "Toyota Dealer 450", in Mooi River on April 4 and 5. The race breaks new ground in KwaZulu-Natal and there have been a couple of interesting developments since the opening race of the South African "Donaldson Cross Country Championship" season.

That does not, however, alter the fact that crews like reigning champions Evan Hutchison and Danie Stassen (Motorite BAT Viper), Quintin and Kallie Sullwald (Elegant Fuel BAT Venom), Hermann and Wichard Sullwald (Elegant Fuel Stryker) will be expected to be among the frontrunners.

After a seesaw battle Quintin and Kallie Sullwald edged out Hutchison and Stassen on the RFS 450, and another intriguing battle between the two crews is on the cards. The other Sullwald crew were among the non finishers, but did enough in the qualifying race to suggest they will be serious challengers at the front of the field – although they will be under a little pressure to quickly get their season back on track.

Other crews who can be expected to feature among the leaders are Gerhard du Plessis and his teenage son Gerhardus, who started the season with a solid third in the ageing Jimco, and the husband/wife pairing of Marius and Jolinda Fourie in the PHB BAT. Du Plessis will be joined this time out by brother Laurence and another youngster, Adriaan Roets, in a Zarco.

No list of pre-race favourites would be complete without the enigmatic Colin Matthews and in another twist Matthews in the Century Racing CR3, will rejoin the Class P fold for the rest of the season. He will also want to hit back after a ‘did not finish’ in Harrismith, while Mark Corbett and Juan Mohr sit out Mooi River in favour of giving the new Century Racing CR5 a test outing at the Abu Dhabi Desert Classic.

It is also appropriate that hats be thrown into the ring by a quartet of KwaZulu-Natal crews. National series newcomers Arthur Barnes and Anthony Usher (BAT) got off to a fine start with fourth place on the RFS 450, and Clint Gibson/Gary Campbell were a solid sixth in the Dirt Sport Components Porter.

Daniel Brookes and Gavan Gray (Ducatis Property BAT) will want to bounce back from a disappointing RFS 450 non finish, but the biggest KZN threat could come from Lance Trethewey and Geoff Minnitt. Trethewey is a previous national race winner, and has bought the Motorite BAT Venom previously campaigned by Hutchison and Stassen.

If Trethewey can quickly come to grips with a car now running in LTE colours, he and Minnitt will be a distinct threat. “We will now be taking a cannon to a gunfight,” said Trethewey, but lack of seat time in the car could backfire on the pair.

The Mooi River race will also see a first appearance of the season for Cape based Derick du Toit, along with Craig Gray, in the CRC BAT. The car was previously campaigned under the Atlas Copco banner by Johan van Staden and Mike Lawrenson.

Jimmy Zahos, with Zaheer Bodhanya replacing Alan Smith in the Cobalt Racing Stryker, will want to build on an encouraging start to the season, but it is a different scenario for Brett Parker and VZ van Zyl in the Sizanani Plastics Jimco. They were early casualties in Harrismith and need to come up with a solid result.

With Matthews back in the fold Class P has an interesting look about it, with reigning champions John Thomson and Maurice Zermatten (Zarco Magnum) also needing to recover from a disappointing fourth on the RFS 450.

The steady John Telford and Andrew Makenete (Calcamite/Rhino Tanks BAT) will want to build on their Harrismith win, while Jeremy Wood will take over driving duties from Rob Wark in the K9 Racing Aceco with Greg Higgins in the hot seat.

The father/daughter combination of Coetzee and Sandra Labuscagne (Chemsystems Zarco) will join the list of crews in recovery mood after a disappointing start to their 2014 campaign. A number of KZN crews bolster the Class P entry with the category set to produce some interesting clashes.

Race headquarters, the start/finish and the designated service park will all be located at the Weston Agricultural College on the outskirts of Mooi River. Public access to these areas and viewing points along the route is free of charge, with spectator guides available at race headquarters [ SAOFFROADRACING.CO.ZA ].

The qualifying race to determine race grid positions will start at 11:30 on Friday, 4 April and the race at 08:30 on Saturday, 5 April.

2014/03/31 | 10:16 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/FORTUNE











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 |




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: 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 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: 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: 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 |




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: 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 |




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




Rallyraid: Kamaz Master legend Ilgizar Mardeev tragically died in an accident. | 26.08.2014 03:09 |




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




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




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




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




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




















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