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Al-Rajhi improvises to seal dramatic win in AlUla-Neom Cross-Country Rally

NEOM — Saudi Arabian driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi improvised and overcame three punctures, power steering issues and a faulty jack to snatch a dramatic victory in the AlUla–Neom Cross-Country Rally, round three of the Saudi Toyota Desert Rally Championship, on Saturday. Trailing fellow countryman Yasir Seaidan by 1min 14sec at the overnight halt, Al-Rajhi and Russian […]

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PRODUCTION VEHICLE CHAMPIONS CROWNED AFTER TOUGH NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY SEASON

After six tough rounds of the 2019 South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS), that included the final event of the season at Parys and a three-day marathon event earlier this year in Botswana, the Production Vehicle category champions have been crowned. The points have been calculated and the final standings after hundreds of gruelling […]

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VICTORY IN PARYS FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S LATEGAN/CUMMINGS

VICTORY IN PARYS FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S LATEGAN/CUMMINGS A fourth victory in the 2019 South African Cross-Country Series (SACCS) saw Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Henk Lategan and navigator Brett Cummings prove themselves as worthy champions. The pair had already wrapped up the title during Round 5 of the six-round series, but once again excelled […]

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SPANISH LEGEND ALONSO SET TO TAKE PART IN ULA-NEOM CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY

Two-time former FIA Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso will take part in next weekend’s new Al Ula–Neom Cross-Country Rally, the third round of the exciting new Saudi Toyota Desert Rally Championship. Organised by the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF), under the chairmanship of H.R.H. Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal and supervision of […]

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A SPLENDID SPORTING CALL

Red-Lined’s complicated Parys weekend Red-Lined Motoring Adventures closed its 2019 SA Cross Country Racing year off at an initially dusty and then muddy Parys 400 over a rain, hail and World Cup Rugby affected final weekend. The team started with three cars on Friday, but decided to withdraw its newest car on Saturday, before Ernest […]

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NEW WINNERS IN SPECIAL VEHICLE AND SIDE BY SIDE CATEGORIES AFTER CHALLENGING PARYS 400

The Parys 400, the sixth and final round of the 2019 South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) that took place this weekend in the Free State, produced new winners in both the Special Vehicle category and the Side by Side National Championship after a challenging event where lots of rain resulted in the route changing […]

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HUSQVARNA STING IN THE TAIL

Bronkhorstspruit double-header beckons It’s been a challenging year for Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing and the South African Cross Country Motorcycle Championship, but it is all about to come to a head with a sting in the tail at Bronkhorstspruit’s 8-9 November season finale. The team has endured a tough run with rider injuries across the […]

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Himalaya Suits Up Land Rovers For 007 Fans With Spectre Defender

  There are few things in the automotive world cooler than a Bond car. From rocket-launching Aston Martins to submersible Lotuses, the list of over-the-top cars featured in the films is long and legendary. That list includes a Land Rover Defender in the latest of the films, Spectre. That’s where Himalaya comes in. Being a shop solely focused […]

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Terranova secures Cross Country Bajas title with a victory at Baja Portalegre 500

The MINI John Cooper Works Rally crew of Orlando Terranova and Ronnie Graue claimed a maiden FIA World Cup for Cross Country Bajas title in fine style today by winning the final and title-deciding round, Baja Portalegre 500*. The Argentineans beat the 2018 winner, Nani Roma – this year co-driven by Dani Oliveras – by […]

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PARYS 400 THE LAST CHANCE FOR PRODUCTION VEHICLE TEAMS IN NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY SERIES TO BETTER THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Although the overall title as well as the various class championship titles in the Production Vehicle category of the 2019 South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) have been settled, the rest of the podium positions as well as the final standings can still change and will only be finalised at the Parys 400 on […]

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FINAL ROUND OF 2019 SACCS OFFERS TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA OPPORTUNITY TO PREPARE FOR DAKAR RALLY

With both the overall and Class FIA championships already in the bag for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA, courtesy of Henk Lategan and Brett Cummings, the team will use the final round of the 2019 South African Cross-Country Series, the Parys 400, as final preparation for Dakar 2020. With this in mind, Giniel de Villiers’ new […]

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Castrol Ford Team Aims for Victory at Parys 400 to Conclude Successful 2019 Cross Country Season

The Castrol Ford Cross Country Team of Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable wrapped up their second consecutive Class T title at the Lichtenburg 400 in September – yet they remain as committed as ever to ending the 2019 South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) on a high at the final round of the season, the […]

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Baja Portalegre 2019: Heinz Kinigadner And Jutta Kleinschmidt Will Race In SSV At Portugal’s Baja Portalegre 500

A closer look at the endless SSV entry list for Baja Portalegre 500 2019 will reveal several names that once made history in rally-raid but aren’t seen in action for some time.  Among those names, there is Heinz Kinigadner and Jutta Kleinschmidt  The Austrian  Heinz Kinigadner was part of KTM’s team for many years and […]

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YAZEED AL-RAJHI CLAIMS NARROW VICTORY IN INAUGURAL RALLY QASSIM 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Yazeed Al-Rajhi overcame an overnight five-minute time penalty that had pushed him down to second place to recover, set the second fastest time and confirm victory in Rally Qassim 2019, the second round of the Saudi Toyota Desert Rally Championship, on Saturday. The Toyota Hilux driver was handed the time penalty by race […]

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HENNIE STRIKES TREASURE

De Klerk delighted with new Dakar steed TreasuryONE Racing enjoyed an excellent week of competitive testing when Hennie de Klerk and Johann Smalberger raced the Kalahari Rally as a shake down for their all-new Red-Lined Nissan Navara VK56 racer. De Klerk and Smalberger were delighted with their new steed and the TreasuryONE team is now […]

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STAGGERING ENTRY FOR SAUDI ARABIA’S RALLY QASSIM 2019 

A staggering entry of 63 cars, one truck, 18 motorcycles and eight quads will tackle this weekend’s Rally Qassim 2019, the second round of the exciting new Saudi Toyota Desert Rally Championship. There is strength in depth throughout the entire car field and the three T1, T2 and T3 categories, with Saudi Arabia’s leading cross-country star […]

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Rallye du Maroc: Peterhansel wins the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies*

The Rallye du Maroc provided a dramatic finale to this season’s World Cup, and it was the MINI John Cooper Works Buggy crew of Stéphane and Andrea Peterhansel (FRA/GER) who were left celebrating the title in the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies. Although he has already won the Dakar 13 times, it is […]

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Alonso left with “bittersweet” feeling in Morocco

By: Jamie Klein Co-author: Sergio Lillo Fernando Alonso says his run to 26th place overall in the Morocco Rally has left him with a “bittersweet” feeling, as a decision whether he will take part in the Dakar Rally looms. The two-time Formula 1 champion faced the first major test of his fledging cross-country rally career in […]

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Casey Currie Wins Open SSV Category in 2019 Rallye Du Maroc

Casey Currie and Sean Berriman clinched the overall victory in the Open SSV class in this year’s Rallye Du Maroc with a third place finish on Tuesday’s final stage. With two stage wins and podiums in two others, Currie and Berriman earned the victory by 40 minutes in their biggest tune-up to date for the […]

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VICTORY FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S DE VILLIERS/HARO IN MOROCCO

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Giniel de Villiers and Spanish co-driver, Alex Haro, won the fifth and final stage of the 2019 Rally of Morocco, sealing their overall victory in the process. The pair took over the lead of the tough event during stage 4 of the rally, and fended off a charge by MINI’s Carlos […]

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Red Bull KTM sucessfully complete penultimate stage of Rally du Maroc

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing riders Toby Price, Matthias Walkner and Luciano Benavides have successfully completed stage four of the 2019 Rally du Maroc. KTM Factory Racing’s Laia Sanz and Mario Patrao are also ready to race Wednesday’s final stage. Stage four of the 2019 Rally du Maroc, although cut down from its initial length, […]

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DE VILLIERS/HARO TAKE OVER LEAD IN MOROCCO, AS AL ATTIYAH/BAUMEL RETIRES FROM STAGE 4

 Stage 4 of the 2019 Rally of Morocco was always going to be a tough one. With a race distance of 409 km, shortened to 311 km due to a technical problem with the organiser’s helicopter, the stage was one with hair on its chest. In the end it claimed the scalps of Toyota Gazoo […]

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Hard stage at the Rallye du Maroc halfway point

Monster Energy Honda Team The third stage of the Rallye du Maroc continued in the same tough vein as the previous days, with riders having to cope without receiving outside mechanical assistance.Today saw the second part of the Super Marathon stage of the Rallye du Maroc, where riders were left to fend for themselves in […]

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Tough Glen Helen keeps Lucas Oil Off Road racers on their toes

The regulars in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series faced a new Glen Helen track that proved challenging for many and downright diabolical for others. An altered layout that left drivers no time to rest with six turns and constant features was part of the test. Lots of new dirt formed big ruts and […]

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Morocco Rally: Sainz wins Stage 3, Al-Attiyah retains lead

By: Sergio Lillo Two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz won the third stage of Morocco Rally on Monday, while Nasser Al-Attiyah finished second to retain the overall lead.  Sainz trailed fellow X-Raid MINI driver Stephane Peterhansel by 1m09s through the first part of the special, before overturning that deficit to a 58-second advantage through the second timed section […]

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Alonso crashes out of third stage of Morocco Rally

  By: Sergio Lillo Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso crashed out of the Morocco Rally on the third stage of the event on Monday.The Spaniard and co-driver Marc Coma were forced to retire from the stage after breaking the suspension of their Toyota around the 75km mark of Monday’s stage. Alonso hit a hole […]

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Casey Currie Grabs Lead at Rallye Du Maroc With Win in Second Stage

Casey Currie and Sean Berriman continued their quest for victory at this year’s Rallye Du Maroc with a victory in Stage 2 on Sunday. Not only did the duo win the final weekend stage by three minutes, they also seized the overall lead in the SSV class by a sizable margin with three more stages […]

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 TO PARYS FOR THE FINAL OF THE SA NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP

The sixth and final round of the 2019 South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) will take place on 1 and 2 November at Parys in the Free State and although most championship titles have been decided, tantalising racing can be expected as the runner-up positions and final standings still have to be decided. After […]

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HUSQVARNA STORMS THE BAY

A title, a win & podiums all-round in PE Saturday’s Rover Motorcycle Club’s season-ending Winterberg South African National Enduro round proved a huge success for Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing with Liqui Moly as William Oosthuizen clinched the 2019 SA 200cc E1 championship by riding home a steady third behind teammate Matthew Green. Pepson Plastics Husqvarna […]

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TREASURY ONE RED-LINED!

Dakar rookie heroes switch to Navara South African Dakar 2018 rookie hero Hennie de Klerk will switch to a brand new Nismo-powered TreasuryOne Red-Lined Nissan Navara VK56 for his return to the Dakar on the event’s first visit to Saudi-Arabia 5-17 January 2020. De Klerk and navigator Johann Smalberger will pull no punches as they […]

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Rallye Du Maroc 2019: Overdrive Racing And Toyota Gazoo Racing To Run Blockbuster Team At Rally Of Morocco

Al-Attiyah to go head-to-head with Peterhansel for FIA World Cup title F1 star Alonso joins Toyota Gazoo Racing with Ten Brinke and De Villiers Saudi’s Al-Rajhi lines up with Chabot, Van Loon and Khoroshavtsev   Overdrive Racing and Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa will field one of their strongest ever line-ups for the Rally of […]

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Saudi Arabia announces three-day Al-Qassim Rally in October

The Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) has announced that it will stage the Al-Qassim Rally, the second round of the Saudi Desert Rally Championship, on Oct. 17-19. The latest addition to the regional motor sporting calendar is a challenging three-day cross-country rally through desert terrain in the north-central region of of Saudi Arabia. The […]

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WILLIAM CHASING PERFECTION

Husqvarna’s Oosthuizen eyeing enduro big six A dominant William Oosthuizen leads Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing to Port Elizabeth in search of a perfect sixth win out of six South African National Enduro Championship E1 starts and the 2019 title at the Rover Enduro Saturday 5 October. Teammates Brett Swanepoel and Matthew Green meanwhile look forward […]

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Morocco Rally: Alonso set for first competition in the dunes

Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso is all set for his first competitive outing in the dunes in Morocco, for the fifth and final round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country series to be held from October 3 to 9. Alonso will be seen behind the wheels of one of the eight Hiluxes […]

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 PRZYGONSKI THROWS TITLE FIGHT WIDE OPEN WITH VICTORY IN JORDAN BAJA

Emirati rider Mohammed Al-Balooshi wins motorcycle category   Poland’s Jakub Przygonski and German co-driver Timo Gottschalk overcame the hurdle of being first on the road and avoided trouble to secure victory in the Jordan Baja by a winning margin of 3min 50sec on Saturday.   The Mini All4 Racing driver held off a determined challenge from […]

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RETRO ROOF DAZZLES

Great adventure goes down in style There was great excitement in the mountains over the weekend when the Motul Retro Roof of Africa returned to the Maluti Lowlands to call back the glorious past of an event enshrined in South African race history. While the real Roof continues as an extreme motorcycle enduro, a group […]