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  A NEW LOOK TO THE 2021 SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP

The South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) will again demonstrate its flair for innovation. Following on the success of the double-header at the end of the 2020 COVID shortened season and cramming four events into three months to produce a credible championship motivated the SACCS to introduce a fresh look to the 2021 season. In […]

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2021 TOYOTA 1000 DESERT RACE POSTPONED

The South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) and Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) in consultation with their stakeholders have announced that the 2021 Toyota 1000 Desert Race (TDR 1000) has been called off. SACCS announced, following a recent virtual meeting, that the decision to postpone the 2021 TDR 1000 had been taken due to the uncertainty […]

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LATE SPEEDING PENALTY STUNS AL-ATTIYAH AND HANDS SAINZ HAIL BAJA 2 VICTORY

Toyota’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Matthieu Baumel delivered a text book performance to secure what they though would be their respective FIA Drivers’ and Co-drivers’ titles, after a thrilling finale to the 2020 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas at Hail Baja 2 on Wednesday. But a protest was placed  by Vladimir Vasilyev’s VRT Team […]

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SAINZ EXACTS REVENGE ON AL-ATTIYAH WITH

The duel between Mini’s Carlos Sainz and Toyota’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah was rekindled in explosive fashion on the opening Baqqa selective section of Hail Baja 2 on Tuesday. The triple Dakar winners continued the fight for supremacy that they had begun at the fourth round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas last weekend. […]

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TOYOTA’S AL-ATTIYAH FENDS OFF FIERCE MINI CHALLENGE TO WIN HAIL BAJA 1  

        Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah held his nerve to set a second successive fastest time and seal victory in Hail Baja 1, round four of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas, on Saturday. Despite opening the road on the 275.54lkm stage and having the extra burden of navigation, the Toyota Hilux driver […]

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AL-ATTIYAH LEADS FROM SAINZ AFTER OPENING DESERT STAGE OF HAIL BAJA 1 

        Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah edged into a lead of 2min 50sec over Carlos Sainz after the opening 251.81km Radifah selective section of Hail Baja 1, round four of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas, on Friday. The two triple Dakar winners were the quickest duo through the latter sections of the […]

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FIA BAJA TITLES UP FOR GRABS AS ‘HAIL RALLY TOYOTA 2020’ GETS UNDERWAY

‘Hail Rally Toyota 2020’ roared into life at Al-Maghwat on Thursday afternoon and the forthcoming back-to-back desert rounds of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas will decide the outcome of the various off-road championships. Fifty-four FIA cars, 27 motorcycles, 25 quads and one truck and over 30 additional cars competing in a National Rally […]

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MINI AND TOYOTA TEAMS TOP IMPRESSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIELD FOR BAJAS IN HAIL

Fifty-four cars, one truck, 27 motorcycles, 25 quads and 35 additional cars running in a National category will take part in the two Hail Bajas that will run on December 10-12 and 14-16 as the fourth and fifth counting rounds for the 2020 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas running under the ‘Hail Rally Toyota […]

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Al-Attiyah heads six-strong Toyota and Overdrive Racing entry in Saudi Arabia

Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah heads a six-strong Toyota and Overdrive Racing challenge at a pair of forthcoming back-to-back Baja Hail events that will form the last two rounds of the radically revised 2020 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas. In a season of global FIA motor sport decimated by the Covid-19 situation, the Saudi Automobile […]

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Chadwick Confirmed as Female Driver for Veloce Racing

By Pontus Lindroos Williams F1 development driver and W Series champion Jamie Chadwick has been confirmed as the Veloce Racing female driver for their 2021 campaign in the new all-electric off-road series Extreme E. Chadwick has a variety of different experience in motorsport and has won multiple titles over the last few years. After starting her career in the Ginetta Junior Championship she then […]

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GCK Motorsport launches hydrogen-powered vision for future of cross-country rallying

GCK Motorsport, part of Green Corp Konnection (GCK), has announced ambitious plans for hydrogen-power in cross-country rallying as the answer to the industry’s quest to develop ever more sustainable racing solutions. Founded by French racing driver, former free-skiing World Champion, entrepreneur and Dakar veteran, Guerlain Chicherit, GCK Motorsport (formerly known as GC Kompetition) encompasses GCK’s […]

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Old Age and Treachery/Youth and Exuberance Combine to Win in Baja

BY MARK VAUGHN 23-year-old Luke McMillin and 63-year-old Larry Roeseler traded driving duties for 19 hours and almost 900 miles. Larry Roeseler has been around the block, many times, usually sideways. In his 63 years he has won the Baja 1000 14 times, 10 on motorcycles and four more in four-wheeled vehicles. He has won that prestigious race […]

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SAUDI ARABIA PREPARES TO HOST FINAL TWO ROUNDS OF FIA BAJA CHAMPIONSHIP

The Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) has released further details about the back-to-back Hail Bajas, which will decide the outcome of the revised 2020 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas on December 10-12 and 14-16. Working alongside H.R.H. Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal, SAMF President and Chairman of the Organising Committee, an experienced […]

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MOTORSPORT SENSATION SWANEPOEL TAKES TOP HONOURS

South African motorsport sensation Brett Swanepoel has been crowned the 2020 National Enduro Champion. The rider put on an eye-catching performance at the season finale in Creighton, KwaZulu-Natal, last weekend where he stormed to his second national title of the season.   The multi-disciplined Swanepoel has now snatched up both the National Cross Country and […]

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2020 SCORE Baja 1000 Longest and Toughest Ever

By STUART BOURDON The Longest Baja 1000 SCORE International has created the longest Baja 1000 looped race course in its history. For the upcoming 2020 event in Baja California, Mexico, the official course is a record-breaking 898.4 miles long. The BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, will run in a counter-clockwise direction, except for a short […]

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MIX OF OLD HANDS AND NEW FACES AT SACCS CROSS COUNTRY AWARDS

The roll of honour at the 2020 South African Cross Country Series awards ceremony, held in Johannesburg last week, reflected a combination of old hands and a couple of new faces. The likes of Toyota Gazoo Racing team principal Glyn Hall and the Toyota Hilux crews of Henk Lategan/Brett Cummings, Giniel de Villiers and Toyota […]

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Overdrive Racing’s Ten Brinke leaps into FIA Baja Title contention with victory in Baja Portalegre 500

Story by: Neil Perkins Overdrive Racing’s Bernhard Ten Brinke stormed into contention to win the 2020 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas by claiming a useful victory in a rain-soaked Baja Portalegre 500 in Portugal. Holding third at the night halt of an event shortened by the adverse weather conditions, the Dutchman and his Belgian […]

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  CONSISTENCY THE NAME OF THE GAME IN SACCS SPECIAL VEHICLE CATEGORY AS ALL NEW CHAMPIONS EMERGE

The Special Vehicle Category of the 2020 South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) produced great action during the season despite the challenges it faced due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. As this category is mostly supported by privateer teams, the financial impact of the pandemic played a role in the competition when racing commenced. […]

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PRODUCTION VEHICLE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP PRODUCED NAIL-BITING BATTLES, WELL-DESERVED TITLES AND CLOSE STANDINGS IN CHALLENGING 2020 SEASON

The 2020 South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) season was a season like no other and will long be remembered for the disruption and challenges caused by the global pandemic, COVID-19, but it will also be remembered for the championship battles that had everyone on the edge of their seats until the end. With […]

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SOUTH RACING SIGNS STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH LATVIA-BASED SPORTS RACING TECHNOLOGIES (SRT)

  South Racing has signed an agreement with Sports Racing Technologies (SRT) for the Latvia-based operation to become its strategic development and operational partner to service customers and events in the Eastern European market, in addition to Russia, the Baltic region and former Soviet states.   The Riga-based enterprise already owns numerous South Racing Can-Am […]

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POSTPONED: 2020 MOTUL ROOF OF AFRICA

Motorsport South Africa Following consultations this week with representatives of the Lesotho Government and the Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission (LSRC), Live Lesotho has been advised that Lesotho will remain in a level 3 lockdown indefinitely. This decision is based on the concerns surrounding a possible second wave of COVID-19 infections. Due to these necessary […]

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BLOEM CROWNS SA MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONS

Thrilling racing, 2020 title cliffhangers in the Free State The past weekend’s Bloemfontein’s double header Cannabis Energy SA National Motocross Championship finale delivered thrilling title cliffhangers and nine new South African Motocross Champions. Tristan Purdon is the 2020 SA MX1 champion, David Goosen took the MX2 title, Ian Topliss came up on top in MX3 […]

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RED-LINED – 100% ADVENTURE!

Marsh & Zulu in title fight as all teams finish both Parys races Red-Lined lived up to its adventurous intentions as all three of its teams were made to overcome adversity to deliver yet another 100% finishing record at the weekend’s Parys, Free State double header SA Cross Country championship finale. Friday’s Ford 400 and […]

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VICTORIES, CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES AND DISAPPOINTMENT AT TOUGH FINAL CROSS COUNTRY RACE AT PARYS

The South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) ended on a high note with the Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Vaal 400 which took place on Saturday, 24 October at Parys in the Free State and while championship titles were clinched, there was disappointment for others after a day that formed the second of two demanding […]

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ELATION AS LATEGAN AND CUMMINGS WIN SECOND CHAMPIONSHIP FOR TGRSA

 The final two rounds of the 2020 South African Cross-Country Series (SACCS) took place in Parys on 23 and 24 October, and saw TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA’s Henk Lategan and navigator Brett Cummings win a second consecutive championship. The pair recorded a second-place finish in the Ford Parys 400, which was held on the Friday; […]

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EXCITING FINALE ON THE CARDS AS TGRSA TAKES ON SACCS DOUBLE-HEADER IN PARYS THIS WEEKEND

This weekend will see Rounds 4 and 5 of the 2020 South African Cross-Country Series (SACCS) take place in the area around the Free State town of Parys. The weekend will see competitors tackle a full round of the championship on Friday, 23 October, in the form of the Ford Parys 400; before taking on […]

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SWANEPOEL TAKES 2020 SACC MOTO TITLE

Husqvarna star Brett dominates home KZN double header KZN local Brett Swanepoel delivered a stunning double victory to take the 2020 South African Cross Country Motorcycle Championship at the two-round Mid-Illovo finale over the weekend. Pepson Plastics Husqvarna 250cc OR2 rider Swanepoel took overall victory on Saturday, before repeating the feat on Sunday. He came […]

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EVERYTHING TO WIN AND LOTS TO LOSE AT FINAL TWO NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY ROUNDS AT PARYS

The Ford Parys 400 and the Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Vaal 400, the final two rounds of the 2020 South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) that take place on Friday and Saturday, 23 and 24 October, at Parys in the Free State will see teams going for gold, albeit with the utmost care as […]

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RED-LINED’S DOUBLE ADVENTURE

Four entries all set for Parys double finale Four Red-Lined teams are heading back to the Free State to close off its 2020 South African Cross Country Championship at the Parys double header over the 23-24 October weekend. Regular FIA Class Dragon Energy VK56 duo Ernest Roberts and Henry Kohne will be joined by rookie […]

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THE MOTUL ROOF OF AFRICA 2020 IS ON!

Live Lesotho has announced that the 2020 Motul Roof of Africa will be going ahead as planned. While the coronavirus pandemic will necessitate some changes to the way the event is staged, riders can look forward to a classic “Mother of Hard Enduro” which will challenge competitors in all classes (Gold, Silver and Bronze).   […]

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Saudi Arabia’s Hail to host final two rounds of FIA Baja series in December

Saudi Arabia will mark its return to the FIA international cross-country rallying calendar in spectacular fashion with the recent news that the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation will host the final two rounds of the 2020 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas and a further round of the 2021 series. In a season decimated by […]

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2020 SA Cross Country Series set to conclude with exciting double-header in Parys

The 2020 South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) may have been shortened by two events due to COVID-19, but it certainly hasn’t been short of excitement. The intensity will peak as the championship ends with an exciting double-header that will be held in the Free State town of Parys on 23 and 24 October 2020. […]

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Mitsubishi Motors supports female military veterans for 2020 Rebelle Rally

Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) announces its support for Team Record the Journey (RTJ), a non-profit based entry in the 2020 Rebelle Rally. The Rebelle Rally is the first all-women’s off-highway navigation rally raid in the U.S. and the longest competition of its kind in the lower 48 states. This year, MMNA and RTJ will […]

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ACTION-PACKED CROSS COUNTRY RACING EXPECTED ON FAMILIAR AND NEW ROUTES AT PARYS

The adrenaline will be pumping and high levels of excitement are expected when the wheels start to roll at the final two rounds of the 2020 South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) that take place at Parys on the weekend of 23 and 24 October. With two 350km events taking place in two days […]

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Overdrive Racing’s Jakub Przygonski confirms impressive victory in Poland’s Baja Drawsko

Jakub Przygonski and his German navigator Timo Gottschalk secured an impressive victory in Wysoka Grzęda Baja Drawsko, the third round of both the Polish (RMPST) and Czech (MMCR) Cross-Country Championships, in an Overdrive Racing Toyota Hilux on Saturday. The Polish Team Orlen driver faced an impressive entry for the traditionally demanding round of the Polish […]

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Dakar stars take chequered flag as rally-raid roars back to life in Spain

A four-stage dash across southern Spain has put the Red Bull Desert Wings in top gear ahead of the 2021 Dakar Rally. Following the frantic high-speed action at the Andalucía Rally it’s evident that the world’s premier off-roaders are back on the pace and already focused on their next trip to Saudi Arabia.         […]

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Andalucia rally: Benavides and Al Attiyah looking good for today

Starting 25thyesterday morning Joan Barreda won the stage 1’45 ahead of teammate Kevin Benavides  with Adrien Van Beveren third at 2’53. With neither Benavides nor Van Beveren finishing outside the top 4 since the start of the rally their consistently has clearly paid off in the overall rankings. Going into today’s last stage Benavides now […]

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Andalucia Rally 2020 wins for Branch and Al Attiyah in leg 2

In the bikes an epic battle was fought out between road opener Kevin Benavides (Monster Energy Honda) and Yamaha’s new recruit Ross Branch (Monster Energy Yamaha Rally) who started down in 13th place. Despite the pressure of finding the way, Benavides led for much of the special and very nearly achieved the rally-raid holy grail […]

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Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Official Team’s Ross Branch Tops Andalucia Rally Stage Two

Taking his first international rally stage win for the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Official Team, Ross Branch has topped stage two at the Andalucia Rally, the 365-kilometre looped stage from Villamartin to Villamartin. With Adrien Van Beveren finishing fourth and moving up to third overall after two days of competition, and with Andrew Short sixth, […]