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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, […]

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Rally-raid stars are back on right track in southern Spain

The 168-kilometre opening stage of the Rally Andalucía was a spectacular return to racing as the best off-roaders on the planet were given the full Dakar treatment. Day one in Spain combined rough terrain and navigational challenges, leading to a number of surprises appearing on the leaderboard. Coming quickest out of the gate in the car […]

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Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team arrive in Andalucía with a fresh line up and a mission

The Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team will write the next chapter of their high-speed adventure at the Andalucía Rally – October 6-10. After a solid display for their 1st outing at the 2020 Dakar Rally, this trip to Spain represents the perfect chance for a squad with an average age of just 21 to reach top gear […]

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Al-Attiyah to lead Toyota contingent in Andalucia Rally

After a season of FIA cross-country events decimated by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Overdrive Racing and Toyota Gazoo Racing have entered five Toyota Hiluxes in the new Andalucia Rally, which takes place October 6-10, in southern Spain.   Devised in a short space of time, following the cancellation of the Rally of Morocco, event officials […]

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RED BULL KTM DEFENDS RED PLATE

It was a gnarly weekend of racing for Red Bull KTM as the team returned to the National Motocross Championship. The double-header event took place at Pietermaritzburg’s Thunder Valley – a track that became particularly unforgiving after heavy rainfall. Despite the extreme conditions, Tristan Purdon fought to defend the red plate in the MX1 Class. […]

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Dan McMillin wins Baja 500

As five stars of the sport dueled in the desert heat Saturday, San Diego’s third-generation desert racer Dan McMillin teamed with Justin B. Smith to earn a hard-fought overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory at the BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts. The race was held this week for just […]

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‘Hard luck sometimes’: Qatari racer withdraws from World Championship after his car catches fire

The Middle East’s champion reassures the public that he is fine. Qatari racer and three-time Dakar Rally champion, Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah’s car unexpectedly caught fire during the second round of this year’s World Rally Championship in Spain, forcing him to withdraw from the rally. Footage showed flames emerging from the vehicle while Al-Attiyah was driving […]

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AN INTERESTING SEE-SAW EFFECT IN THE SACCS SPECIAL VEHICLE CHAMPIONSHIP CAN TIP EITHER WAY

The recent TOTAL AGRI 400, round three of the 2020 South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) that took place in the Bothaville area in the Free State, was not only an event enjoyed by all, but it also produced great action. In the Special Vehicle Category, there was disappointment for some, but it appears […]

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REBELLE RALLY 2020: REBELLE RALLY DEBUTS THE ELECTRIFIED DESIGNATION FOR ELECTRIC, PLUG-IN HYBRID ELECTRIC AND HYBRID VEHICLES

The Rebelle Rally will feature  the exciting addition of the Electrified Designation for electric manufacturer vehicles taking part in the fifth anniversary edition of the endurance off-road competition. The Rebelle Rally is the longest competitive off-road navigation rally in the United States. The remote rally will take place over 10 days and 2,000 kilometers of […]

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NEW TOTAL AGRI 400 PRODUCED NEW WINNERS, LOTS OF ACTION AND SHINNING STARS IN THE DUSTY FREE STATE

The TOTAL AGRI 400, the third round of the South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) that took place this past weekend, 18 and 19 September from NAMPO Park in the Bothaville area, not only saw Henk Lategan/Brett Cummings (Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux) scoring their third overall victory of the season, but this action-packed new […]

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DOUBLE PODIUM FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA IN BOTHAVILLE

The Total Agri 400, Round 3 of the 2020 South African Cross-Country Series (SACCS) saw TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA’s Henk Lategan and navigator Brett Cummings take their third consecutive victory in this year’s championship. The pair won the qualifying race leading up to the event, and set off in pole position as a result. But […]

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Rally Breslau: Open the throttle or stay calm? DAY 3 Czarne – Okonek – Drawsko 

On the third day of the Rallye Breslau Poland the route goes from Miastko and Okonek towards the forests of Drawsko Pomorski, for a gruelling night stage on the sand tracks. As we send out this press release the teams are still on the track for the final special of the day, going deep into […]

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From the black soil to the deep sand: Day 2 of the Rallye Breslau Poland 2020

A long day in the forest, going from Miastko to Borne Sulinowo on two specials through completely different forests: the production area of Borne, with the pine trees and deep dry sand and the old forest near Miastko with oak and black soil. There are few races with such a variety of terrain as the […]

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Rallye Breslau Poland LEG 1 Bobolice / Dretyn – the gloves are on the table

The gloves are on the table in the Rallye Breslau Poland 2020, with fierce competition right from the start. During the 272km of today’s stage the top drivers were constantly changing position. It was a true competition for the fastest time and the first place on the first day of perhaps the first and only […]

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 Rallye Breslau Poland 2020 – Start your Engines!

This morning (15 September) last years’ winner of the motorbike ranking Mirjam Pol  started as the first competitor in the Rallye Breslau Poland, and open what is perhaps the first international rally raid that takes place after the summer of 2020. Start your engines, we will race! Almost 250 teams from at least 20 nationalities, […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA TO FIELD THREE-CAR TEAM AT ROUND 3 OF 2020 SACCS IN BOTHAVILLE

Round 3 of the 2020 South African Cross-Country Series (SACCS) is scheduled for this weekend, and will see three TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA crews take on the Total Agri 400, in the area around the Free State town of Bothaville. Henk Lategan and Brett Cummings are the defending champions, and also winners of the first […]

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BRAND NEW TOTAL AGRI 400 WILL LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD IN THE FREE STATE – WILL NEW WINNERS EMERGE AND UPSET THE APPLE CART?

The TOTAL AGRI 400, round three of the 2020 South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) that takes place on 18 and 19 September from NAMPO Park in the Bothaville area of the Free State, could see new winners in all the categories and an extremely exciting race is on the cards. The names of […]

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FORD CASTROL TEAM PREPARED FOR ROUND 3 OF SA CROSS COUNTRY SERIES IN BOTHAVILLE

The South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) will be tackling a new challenge when the championship returns for Round 3, the Total Agri 400, to be held in the Free State farming town of Bothaville on 18 and 19 September, 2020. This new event on the SACCS calendar will be a crucial points-scoring opportunity for […]

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CROSS COUNTRY BIKES BOUNCE BACK

SA’s top riders set to pick it up in Pretoria After being delayed from April, the 2020 South African Cross Country Motorcycle Championships finally returns to action with the second round Pepson Plastics National in Pretoria, Saturday 12 September. The spectator-free races run to strict social distancing protocols at the Rhino Park/Legends MX Track, will […]

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Monsieur Dakar back to winning ways at wet and wild Baja Poland

Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) wasted no time in reminding Europe’s offroaders that he’s still the man to beat on his return to competitive racing at Baja Poland. He took control of the contest before the midway point and the 13-time Dakar Rally winner went on to claim the chequered flag behind the wheel of his MINI John Cooper Works […]

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BRAND NEW TOTAL AGRI 400 SIZZLER NEXT ON THE SACCS CALENDAR

Excitement is building for the next round of the South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS), the TOTAL AGRI 400 which takes place on Friday and Saturday, 18 and 19 September. The event forms the third round of the 2020 championship and will take competitors to NAMPO Park in the Bothaville area of the Free […]

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Cross Country Bajas returns to action this weekend

BAJA POLAND HERALDS THE RETURN OF CROSS COUNTRY COMPETITION The FIA World Cup for Cross Country Bajas returns to action this weekend with Wysoka Grzęda Baja Poland (September 4-6), now running as the second round of the series. Baja Poland, one of the most significant motor sport events in the country, is set to host […]

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CROSS COUNTRY BACK AT THE DOUBLE

SA’s top riders set to pick it up in Pretoria After being delayed from April, the 2020 South African Cross Country Motorcycle Championships finally returns to action with the second round Pepson Plastics National in Pretoria, Saturday 12 September. The spectator-free races run to strict social distancing protocols at the Rhino Park/Legends MX Track, will […]

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  NEW LEADERS AND SHUFFLED STANDINGS IN SPECIAL VEHICLE CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER BRONKHORSTSPRUIT 400

The Special Vehicle Category of the South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) has new overall leaders after the Bronkhorstspruit 400, the second round of the 2020 championship that took place on 14 and 15 August after a lengthy hiatus under lockdown conditions. Tim Howes and Gary Campbell Different teams are now leading both Class […]