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


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Donaldson CC: Toyota-Toyota-Nissan win at Nkomazi 450 rally in South Africa.







Reigning Production Vehicle champions Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy got back to winning ways when they scored their second win of the season on the "Nkomazi 450", round three of the South African "Donaldson Cross Country Championship" last weekend.

For the Team Castrol Hilux crew it was an emphatic response after a non finish last time out on the "Toyota Dealer 450" in Mooi River. Most of the cheers, however, were reserved for home town crew Johan and Werner Horn, in the Malalane Toyota Hilux, who had the local community in raptures with their second podium finish in a row.

The final podium place went to Atlas Copco Nissan Navara pair Johan van Staden and Mike Lawrenson after a steady drive. It was their best performance of the season on a tight and tricky route.

"We never got out the car the whole weekend, and that is the key to winning races," said Taylor. "It was a tough route but we kept it smooth and never made any mistakes. We knew the Horns were within two minutes of us, but we controlled the pace perfectly."

It is a little ironical that the Horns are campaigning the car in which Taylor and Murphy won last year’s championship with a race to spare. For the Horns two podiums in their first three outings in a hi-tech Class T car left driver Johan stunned. "We would have laughed had anyone suggested before the season we would be on the podium twice in three races," he said. "In front of our home crowd this was a special result."

Taylor and Murphy inherited the lead early on the first of the two 175 kilometer loops that made up the race. Team-mates Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie lost a front wheel when studs came loose and, once in the lead, Taylor and Murphy were in complete control.

Van Staden and Lawrenson produced another workmanlike performance, and profited from the retirements of Poulter/Howie and Christiaan du Plooy/Henk Janse van Vuuren (RFS Ford Ranger) who started ahead of them. For du Plooy and Janse van Vuuren it saw the continuation of a series of disappointing results.

There was also a season best from fourth placed Mike Whitehouse and George Myburgh in the Regent Racing Nissan Navara. Whitehouse/Myburgh finished a comfortable 75 seconds ahead of Deon Venter and Ian Palmer, in the 4x4 Mega World Toyota Hilux, who grabbed their second Class S victory in a row via an impressive top five performance.

"We had a good run, but on a tight track and with the dust it was almost impossible to pass anyone," said Venter. "All the cars we passed today were stranded on the side of the road."

Venter and Palmer were well clear of the factory Atlas Copco Ford Racing combination of Manfred Schroder and Japie Badenhorst who went into the event with 11 points in hand over Poulter, and a lead of 15 points over Taylor/Murphy. After starting 12th on the road Schroder/Badenhorst salvaged a sixth overall and fifth in class to leave the overall and Class T championships poised on a knife edge.

Next up were Bloemfontein crew Louw de Bruin and Riaan Greyling, in the diesel powered Ruwacon Ford Ranger, who were second in Class S. De Bruin and Greyling went into the weekend leading the Class S title race, and this is another championship poised on a knife edge.

De Bruyn and Greyling had only nine seconds in hand over Thomas Rundle/Brett Cummings who were having their first outing of the season in the DMACK/Barden Toyota Hilux. Behind them the top 10 was completed by former SA champions Jannie Visser and Joks le Roux (RFS Toyota Hilux) who were third in Class S, and the Regent Racing Nissan Navara of Terence Marsh and former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey, who is the first footballer to compete in the Imperial Auto Celebrity Challenge.

Class D saw newcomers Dewald and Anton Nienaber make an auspicious start with a win first time out in the ex Malalane Toyota Land Cruiser. They were the last of the classified finishers with no Class E crew making it to the end.

Multiple SA motorcycle champion Brian Capper and Jaco Swart (Regent Racing Polaris) scored a comfortable win in the fledgling Class G or Side by Side category. With Leander Pienaar and Stephan Marais (Can-Am Maverick) among the non finishers it was a win that took Capper and Swart to the top of the championship. Second went to Gareth Woolridge, in another Polaris, with Werner Moster and Henno du Plooy third in the Motgo-Netix Polaris completing the podium.

The next event on the Donaldson Cross Country Championship calendar is the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 in Botswana from 27 to 29 June.

2014/05/20 | 12:45 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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