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Waikato’s offroad Grandma a national champ

A Waikato grandmother has become the first New Zealand woman to win a national offroader racing title.After nine years of racing Putaruru’s Samantha Atkins, 51, recently won her class, for offroaders with a rear motorcycle engine up to 1500cc, during the New Zealand National Offroad Racing Championships held in Christchurch. Atkins, who had five children […]

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Algeria Rally – Sahari Rally : The final stage

ALGERIA RALLY : SAHARI RALLY El Goléa (El Ménéa) – Ghardaïa Liaison 33.43km – SS 7 178.30km – Liaison 119.03km Thursday, November 8th  2018 The final race day was a day of speed.  Today’s race started out by a small Erg, then continued on to flat lands until adrars were visible in the distance, before […]

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HARD EARNED HONOURS FOR 2018 SACCS CHAMPIONS 

The recent Gold 400 rounded off the 2018 South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) that consisted of six tough events all over the country and Botswana with various title battles from the start. It was also a season where teams and manufacturers developed and competed with state of the art vehicles and equipment and a […]

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Desafio Inca 2018: Action and emotion in the Ica Desert

The awe-inspiring Ica Desert was the ideal stage for one of the most demanding races of the 2018 calendar, in which competitors faced some of the most dramatic and magnificent dunes in the world over 900 km of racing. With the 100% Peruvian Dakar fast approaching, the third edition of the Dakar Series featured many […]

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ALGERIA RALLY : SAHARI RALLY stage 5 review

TIMIMOUN – EL MENIA SS5: Liaison 23.11 – SS 344.06 Tuesday, November 6h 2018 A PARIS-DAKAR LIKE STAGE Today’s menu features an appetizer of tracks which were quick, seemingly endless and difficult to navigate, with a side of wild camels roaming between the wells rare and far between. Before getting to the main dish, the […]

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SUCCESSFUL TITLE DEFENSE FOR DE VILLIERS AS TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA WIN IN GLENHARVIE

1st overall for De Villiers/Murphy 2nd overall for Lategan/White 1st in Class T for Bertholdt/Minnitt 1st in Class S for Visser/Visser De Villiers/Murphy crowned overall champions for 2018 Lategan/White crowned Class FIA champions for 2018 Manufacturer’s Championship for Toyota It was a racing weekend filled with spectacular action, culminating in not only overall victory in […]

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Ford NWM Wins 2018 Class T Championship at Season Finale

Ford NWM Wins 2018 Class T Championship at Season Finale Title glory for Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable on Gold 400 in Gauteng Gareth Woolridge and Boyd Dreyer end third in Class T for 2018 Marcos Baumgart and Kleber Cincea cross the finish line in seventh place Ford earns Manufacturer’s Award for the third time […]

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CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES FOR TOYOTA AND FORD AFTER ROUGH AND ROCKY GOLD 400

The Gold 400, the final round of the 2018 South African Cross Country Series that took place this weekend at Glenharvie on the West Rand of Gauteng, delivered the nail-biting action predicted and after 375 tough kilometres on a tight and rocky route, both Toyota and Ford were awarded with championship titles in the Production […]

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GOING FOR GOLD AT FINAL ROUND OF SA NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY SERIES

The final round of the 2018 South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS), the Gold 400, that takes place on 2 and 3 November in the Glenharvie area on the West Rand, is the sixth and last chance for title contenders to put their seal on championship aspirations and with new leaders emerging in the […]

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Welcome to the Insane World of Off-Road ‘Ultra4 Racing’

By Bryon Dorr  Driving through rugged terrain is always a good time. Doing it at insane speeds with a purpose-built race truck is next-level fun. Our automotive guru, Bryon Dorr, checks in from the Ultra4 National Championship. First off you might ask, “What is Ultra4 Racing?” I had to ask the same question. I’d heard about the […]

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Gold 400: Ford NWM Aiming for Glory at Season-Ending

Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable set their sights on Class T championship title Gareth Woolridge and Boyd Dreyer also in contention after winning in Harrismith Brazil’s Marcos Baumgart and Kleber Cincea return to SA for the season finale Gold 400 takes place on 2 and 3 November in Glenharvie on Gauteng’s West Rand For the […]

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Baja Portalegre 2018: Five-strong South Racing Can-Am entry to wrap up European Rallying season at Portugal’s Baja Portalegre

South Racing faces another hectic and exciting weekend of international off-road rallying when the team operating out of Germany and Portugal enters five Can-Am Maverick X3s in the increasingly popular SSV category in this weekend’s fully-subcribed Baja Portalegre 500 in Portugal. The traditional final round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies is based […]

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GOLD 400 COMBINES FAMILIAR SECTIONS WITH BRAND NEW ROUTE FOR THE GRAND FINALE

The 2018 South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) is drawing to a close with the sixth and final round of the season, the Gold 400, taking place on 2 and 3 November at Glenharvie, Westonaria and with almost all the championship titles still up for grabs tensions are running high, and everyone will be hoping […]

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FIFTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY IN MOROCCO FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S AL ATTIYAH/BAUMEL

FES, MOROCCO – The 2018 edition of the Rally of Morocco, penultimate round of the FIA’s World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, drew to a close with the 198 km-long 5th stage, which saw the teams return to the city of Fes. Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel set the 7th-fastest […]

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Indian army’s Border Roads Organisation jumps into Raid de Himalaya fray

India’s celebrated rallyists have a tough fight on their hands in the 20th edition of the Raid de Himalaya, with the inclusion of a formidable team from the Border Roads Organisation.Col Pradeep Sharma of BRO’s Project Vijayak at Kargil will lead the team’s challenge in a Maruti Gypsy in the Raid Xtreme 4X4 category and […]

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LETSHEGO ZULU TO TACKLE THE GOLD 400 AS CELEBRITY NAVIGATOR FOR TERENCE MARSH

Letshego Zulu, the widow of motorsport legend, Gugu Zulu, who passed away in July 2016 while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, will get a taste of cross country racing when she sits next to Terence Marsh in the Red-Lined Motorsport Nissan Navara at the Gold 400, the sixth and final round of the South African Cross Country […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S AL ATTIYAH/BAUMEL REMAIN ON COURSE IN MOROCCO, DISAPPOINTMENT FOR DE VILLIERS/WINOCQ

ERFOUD, MOROCCO – Stage 4 of the 2018 Rally of Morocco, the penultimate round of the FIA’s World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, saw four-times winner of the event, Nasser Al Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel cement their position at the top of the standings. At the same time, the 342 km-long special stage brought disappointment […]

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No shortage of drama on the dunes at the 2018 Rallye du Maroc

At the midway point of the 2018 Rallye du Maroc the battle is on for offroad supremacy in both the two and four wheel categories. Two-time Dakar Rally winner Nasser Al-Attiyahleads the car contest, while Toby Price of the Red Bull KTM Factory Team has his nose in front of the bike race. A decisive stage win for Qatari racer Nasser Al-Attiyah and his French […]

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ANOTHER STAGE VICTORY FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S AL ATTIYAH/BAUMEL IN MOROCCO

ERFOUD, MOROCCO – It was a day of mixed results for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA, as the three Toyota Hilux crews tackled Stage 2 of the Rally of Morocco, penultimate event of the 2018 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Racing. Early leaders Nasser Al Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel extended their lead by winning the […]

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AN ENDURO EPIC

Husqvarna’s Oosthuizen in titanic title tussle Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing rider William Oosthuizen was one of the stars of an epic E1 class 2018 MSA National Enduro Championship decider in Mpumalanga on Sunday as he fought to the very last metre for the title. Oosthuizen ultimately conceded the championship to arch rival Kyle Flanagan on […]

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VICTORY FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S AL ATTIYAH/BAUMEL ON RALLY OF MOROCCO PROLOGUE

FES, MOROCCO – All three Toyota Gazoo Racing SA crews posted excellent stage times during the short, sharp prologue of the 2018 Rally of Morocco, with Nasser Al Attiyah (Qatar) and co-driver Mathieu Baumel (France) taking the win on the day. The 10 km-long prologue, which took place on October 4th, 2018, saw Giniel de […]

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Monster Energy Honda Team at the Morocco Rally to close the season

The Morocco Rally, the fifth and final race of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, will be held in the African country from 4th to 9th October and will feature the participation of the Monster Energy Honda Team. The riders from the Monster Energy Honda Team will, once again, be back in the fray for […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA SET TO TAKE ON RALLY OF MOROCCO

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA has entered three crews for the 2018 Rally of Morocco, penultimate round of the 2018 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. The grueling 5-day event will serve not only as an opportunity for the team to test the latest version of its race-proven Toyota Hilux in preparation for the 2019 Dakar […]

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NEW OVERALL LEADERS IN SPECIAL VEHICLE CATEGORY AS THE FIGHT FOR TITLES CONTINUE

After five rounds of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) and with only one round to go, the Special Vehicle category has new overall leaders and with only two points separating the leading two teams, the title can go either way at the sixth and final race of the season. Coetzee Labuscagne and daughter […]

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NEW LEADERS IN PRODUCTION VEHICLE CATEGORY AS CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLES GO DOWN TO THE WIRE

A whole lot of shuffling took place after the recent Harrismith 400, the fifth and penultimate round of the 2018 South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) and the Production Vehicle championship has a new look that predicts a tooth and nail fight for the titles at the sixth and final round. While all is […]

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ENDURO CRUNCH TIME

Husqvarna strong heading to Mpumalanga Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing with Liqui Moly and Metzerler riders, William Oosthuizen and Matthew Green head to Mpumalanga’s 2018 MSA South African National Enduro Championships double-header season finale 6-7 October with it all to do as Oosthuizen leads the E1 title race with Green third. The two were two of […]

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QMMF to host Manateq Rally of Qatar in November

The Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) will host the Manateq International Rally of Qatar, the finale to the 2018 FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC), on November 15-17.   Formerly the opening round of the prestigious regional rallying series, this year’s revised three-day event will decide the outcome of the championship with Qatar’s Nasser […]

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Jordan Baja to rev up in September

 Jordan Motorsport announced the new 2018 Jordan Baja, the Hashemite Kingdom’s first entry into the world of cross-country rallying since the Marlboro BP 2000 Desert Challenge ran in 1987, 1988 and 1990,according to the Jordan Motorsport Media Service.   The three-day off-road event for cars, motorcycles and quads will take place in the Wadi Rum […]

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DAY 8 – BALKAN CROSS COUNTRY: It ain’t over till it is over

The finish of Balkan Offroad Rallye is at the finishline on the beach at the Black Sea. Not just a finishline, but a legendary location in the Bulgarian motorsport. The teams who thought to be certain of a position were quick to wake up from their dream, as today the stage was fast, with tricky […]

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DAY 6 – BALKAN CROSS COUNTRY: you need only one mistake…

The third marathon stage in the Balkan Offroad Rallye with almost 500 km in total and 318km special stage has left its mark on the ranking. Going from Dyuni to Shkorpilovtsi, the competitors spend their day crossing mountain range after mountain range, with beautiful scenery and fantastic driving on the tracks through the forests and the […]

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Casey Currie wins the Inca Challenge!

UTV’s are quickly becoming the platforms of choice for Rally Raids including the infamous Dakar. Casey Currie came to Inca Challenge to prepare for the Dakar Rally and won overall!“WINNER!!! We came to Peru to learn for Dakar and came home winners in the SXS categories. My co-driver absolutely killed it with the tough navigation […]

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DAY 5 – Balkan Offroad Rallye – Driving on the ‘red line’!

On the fifth day of the Balkan Offroad Rallye all eyes are on the overall ranking, with just three days left to realise the dream of a good result. Three special stages made the day, from technical and a bit rocky to fast and flowing. The early arrival in the bivouac was a nice chance […]

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Balkan Rally: DAY 4: the Marathon to the Black Sea

Arriving at the coast of the Black Sea is special treat for the competitors, after no less than 580 kilometer today. With such distance, the stages are fast, the kilometers fly underneath the wheels and with breathtaking views sometimes the concentration is less than needed… In the Car category the battle is between Doncho Tsanev, […]

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Third Win of the Season for Ford NWM in Harrismith

The Free State proved a happy hunting ground for the Ford Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) team for the second year in a row as Gareth Woolridge and Boyd Dreyer scored their second consecutive Harrismith 400 Class T victory this weekend. Having earned their first career win at this event last year, it was once again […]

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HUSQVARNA’S STAR SEASON

A trio of Cross Country Moto seconds Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing came home from the South African national Cross Country Motorcycle Championship finale at a dusty and windy Carletonville with a brace of championship seconds for OR1 rider Kenny Gilbert, who ended second in both the overall and his class championships, OR2 rider Taki Bogiages […]

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NEW WINNERS IN SPECIAL VEHICLE CATEGORY EMERGE AT WINDY AND DRY HARRISMITH 400

The Harrismith 400, the penultimate round of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) that took place this weekend saw new winners emerg while racing conditions claimed its victims that will result in the standings looking somewhat different when teams line up for the final event. Gale force winds during the qualifying and main race […]