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QUALITY FIELD IN PRODUCTION VEHICLE CATEGORY PREDICTS THE BEGINNING OF AN EXCITING SEASON FOR 2020 NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP

The Production Vehicle category of the Mpumalanga 400, the opening round of the 2020 South African National Cross Country Championship (SACCS) that takes place on 28 and 29 February in the Dullstroom area, has not only received a quality field of entries, but the line-up predicts an exciting start to the season. Both the FIA […]

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NEW LOOK SPECIAL VEHICLE CATEGORY TO PRODUCE GREAT CROSS COUNTRY RACING ACTION AT MPUMALANGA 400

Defending champions, former champions and possible new champions will all line up in the Special Vehicle category at the Mpumalanga 400, the opening round of the South African National Cross Country Championship (SACCS) that takes place on Friday and Saturday, 28 and 29 February in one of South Africa’s most prized fly-fishing destinations Dullstroom. To […]

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ALL RED-LINED UP

Two Navaras ready for Dullstroom Fresh off a stunning performance for its gentleman drivers at Dakar 2020, Red-Lined Motoring Adventures is ready for its next appointment as Ernest Roberts and Henry Köhne and Terence Marsh and Letshego Zulu prepare to take on South Africa’s Cross Country finest at the leap year Dullstroom 400 off-road race […]

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Jones and Gugelmin to debut new T3 South Racing Can-Am at Manateq Qatar Cross-Country Rally

Young American driver Austin Jones and Brazilian co-driver Gustavo Gugelmin get their 2020 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies campaign underway at the Manateq Qatar Cross-Country Rally on Saturday evening. The event runs over five days through the Qatar deserts and finishes in downtown Doha on Thursday, February 27th. The duo will use the Dakar-winning […]

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Ford Castrol Team steps up to premier FIA-class for 2020 SA Cross Country Series

The Ford Castrol Cross Country Team is stepping up to the premier class in the Production Vehicle category of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) for 2020. The team, which is run by Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM), is set to debut a completely new FIA-class Ford Ranger during the season, powered by an advanced […]

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Przygonski joins Al-Attiyah and AL-Rajhi to tackle Qatar Cross-Country Rally with Overdrive Racing

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski, the winner of the 2018 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, has reached an agreement with Overdrive Racing and will drive a Toyota Hilux alongside Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Yazeed Al-Rajhi at next week’s Manateq Qatar Cross-Country Rally. The Polish former motorcycle enduro racer switched to rallying on four-wheels after a successful […]

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MOTOCROSS THRILLS THE BAY

National season opener stuns PE The 2020 MSA South African National Motocross Championship powered by Cannabis Energy and TRP Distributors kicked off in quite literal flying style at a scorching hot, sandy and spectacular Rover near Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Highlighted by a thrilling premier class MX1 show, the racing was out of the top […]

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Blyer’s surprise victory wraps up typically brutal KOH week

There is no doubt about the annual King of the Hammers ability to live up to its reputation as the toughest single-day off-road race in the world. In the overall picture, the annual Dakar Rally is much harder as a logistical and mental marathon; but the KOH features painful challenges and a high attrition rate, […]

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ACHIM TAKES TWO

Bergmann, Bogiages star in Lesotho The new Pepson Plastics Motul Husqvarna off road racing team enjoyed a mixed weekend at the unique Live Lesotho Double Header South African Cross Country and SA National Enduro Motorcycle Championships races near Maseru over the weekend. It was a great weekend for the team’s over-30 Senior class rider Achim […]

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MOORE SUCCESSFUL

Lesotho off-road festival thrills The past weekend saw both the South African Cross Country and SA National Enduro Motorcycle Championships getting off to a flying start at the unique Live Lesotho Double Header races near Maseru. It was a great meeting for KTM riders, Friday’s Cross Country winner Charan Moore and Saturday’s Enduro winner Travis […]

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CAN-AM RULES THE 2020 KING OF THE HAMMERS UTV RACE, COMPLETES PODIUM SWEEP IN HISTORIC VICTORY

Officially Crowned: Can-Am Maverick X3 Racers Swept the Podium in what’s considered the world’s most grueling one-day race Dethroning the Competition: Can-Am vehicles finished in 8 of the top-10 positions It’s a Trend: Dominance comes two weeks after Can-Am secured all of the top 20 positions at the 2020 Dakar Rally, the world’s toughest race […]

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EXCITEMENT IS IN THE AIR AS THE MPUMALANGA 400 KICKSTARTS THE 2020 SACCS CHAMPIONSHIP IN DULLSTROOM

The 2020 South African National Cross Country Championship (SACCS) is ready for action as the final touches are being made to the season opener, the Mpumalanga 400, that takes place in the Dullstroom and Belfast areas on 28 and 29 February. The popular Mpumalanga 400, driven and supported by Johan Horn and the Malalane Toyota […]

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Race Recap: Voss Wins Overall And Other Classes Shine At Parker 425

The first Best in the Desert truck race of the 2020 season is in the books. The Parker 425 took place this last weekend and as usual, it did not disappoint. One of the favorite races for drivers, this technical course is a battle to the end and a little mistake can mean disaster in […]

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15TH HA’IL NISSAN RALLY TO KICK START NEW SAUDI OFF-ROAD RALLYING SEASON

HA’IL (Saudi Arabia): Hot on the heels of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s recent hosting of the Dakar Rally for the first time, the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) is piecing together the final touches to the 15th Ha’il Nissan Rally. The event will be the opening round of the 2020 Saudi Desert Rally […]

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Off-road Pep up

New team plans to nurture talent There’s a new team on the block in the South African Cross Country Moto series and Pepson Plastics Motul Husqvarna Racing is raring to go in both the season-opening Live Lesotho race Friday 7 February and the first round of the Enduro SA series around Maseru’s Maluti Mountain Foothills […]

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BAJA RUSSIA 2020: LATEST NEWS FROM THE RACE TRACK

  Baja Russia – Northern Forest’s safety officer Sergey Talantsev has just finalized the route and sent a few glimpses of what is expecting the participants at the race in the depth of Saint-Petersburg forests. The organizers are happy to announce, the race is gonna be hot! Finally the snow as arrived to the region […]

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A FRESH LOOK FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN CROSS COUNTRY SERIES AS IT ENTERS A NEW DECADE

The South African Cross Country Championship (SACCS) will, in many ways, present a fresh face when the 2020 series opens in Mpumalanga at the end of February. New venues, new rules and regulations, new faces and the fledgling Side by Side (SxS) national championship all add up to an exciting start to a new decade […]

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Africa Eco Race 2020: Stage One Full of Surprises

After a peaceful Mediterranean cruise aboard the SMERALDA FERRY, the caravan of the AFRICA ECO RACE disembarked this morning, Tuesday January 7th in the port of Tangier. It was an incredible welcome that the participants experienced when getting off the boat with a band and especially a humongous breakfast buffet. No need to say that […]

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2020 AFRICA ECO RACE GETS UNDERWAY IN MONACO

The 12th edition of the Africa Eco Race (Monaco-Dakar) got underway in the Principality of Monaco on Saturday evening.For the fourth year in a row, and blessed with now customary ideal weather conditions with temperatures reaching 20 degrees Centigrade, the city of Menton hosted administrative and technical checks on Friday, January 3rd and Saturday, January […]

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CONSECUTIVE CROSS COUNTRY TITLES

Neil Woolridge Motorsport wraps up 2019 with consecutive cross country titles on two continents Neil Woolridge Motorsport claims back-to-back Class T championship titles with Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable in the SA Cross Country Series (SACCS) Woolridge and Huxtable finish second overall in SA Production Vehicle championship, beating faster FIA-specification entries and Dakar Rally winners […]

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Red Bull Announces Drivers For Off-Road Junior Program

The goal of the Red Bull Off-Road Junior Program is to scout, develop and grow the next generation of off-road champions. The three stars of the future representing the Red Bull Off-Road Junior Program in 2020 are Blade Hildebrand (age 21), Mitch Guthrie Jr. (age 23), and Seth Quintero (age 17). Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team […]

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SHARQIYAH BAJA 2019  

NEW SHARQIYAH BAJA TO BRING INAUGURAL SAUDI TOYOTA DESERT SERIES TO A CLOSE The Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation is putting the finishing touches to the Sharqiya Baja 2019, the fifth and final round of the incredibly successful inaugural Saudi Toyota Desert Rally Championship. The new event brings the year’s off-road rallying calendar to a close […]

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ALL GOLD HUSQVARNA

All three riders in Roof of Africa top ten Husqvarna Racing returned from the ‘Mother of Hard Enduro’ Motul Roof of Africa with a pot of gold after all three of its riders delivered top ten finishes in perhaps the most gruelling race in the world through Lesotho’s Maluti Mountains. British extreme enduro legend Graham […]

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Baja 1000: Ampudia Brothers Take The Crown In A Muddy Race

The mud has settled down in Baja, and the 2019 SCORE Baja 1000 is in the rearview window. A new, first-time champ took the checked flag at the race. Alan Ampudia crossed the finish line at the Baja 1000 with his first every Baja 1000 race win after completing his first full season in SCORE. The […]

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Yazeed Al-Rajhi hangs on to seal victory in inaugural Riyadh Rally

Saudi Arabia’s Yazeed Al-Rajhi ceded eight seconds to French rival Stéphane Peterhansel on the third 160km selective section of the Riyadh Rally, but held on to guide his Toyota Hilux to victory and the outright lead in the Saudi Toyota Desert Rally Championship on Saturday. Peterhansel and stand-in Portuguese co-pilot Paulo Fuiza won the special […]

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480-HP Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport R Off-Road Truck Will Race at 2020 Baja 1000

It’ll sport a de-tuned engine derived from VW’s own WRC program. Volkswagen announced at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show that next year it’ll return to the one race that its cars helped make great—and extremely popular: the Baja 1000. And it will do so with a trophy truck silhouette racer modeled after its newest […]

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RIYADH RALLY 2019 : AL-RAJHI HEADS MASSIVE FIELD INTO RIYADH RALLY START ON THURSDAY

Another stunning entry of 47 cars, 14 NUTVs, one truck, 24 motorcycles and 21 quads will line-up at the start of the Riyadh Rally, the fourth round of the Saudi Toyota Desert Rally Championship, which starts in Ad Diriyah on Thursday afternoon. Saudi Arabia’s Yazeed Al-Rajhi heads the car field in his Toyota Hilux, the […]

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Peterhansel heads entry for this weekend’s Riyadh Rally

The Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation is organising the Riyadh Rally, round four of the Saudi Desert Rally Championship, out of the Kingdom’s capital this weekend. Heading another impressive entry across the car, motorcycle and quad categories is the ultimate legend of the forthcoming Dakar Rally. Stéphane Peterhansel is the most successful biker and rider […]

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Tundo retains KCB Eldoret Rally to take KNRC title race down to the wire

Carl “Flash” Tundo and his partner Tim Jessop retained the KCB Eldoret Rally in extremely muddy conditions to take the 2019 Kenya National Rally Championship title race down to the wire.Tundo savoured his second victory of the season in his R4 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10 beating leader Baldev Chager to second spot as Onkar Rai in […]

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THE STUNNING LEXUS LC 500 CONVERTIBLE MAKES ITS GLOBAL DEBUT AT THE 2019 LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

​A stunning design with the top up or down, featuring Lexus’ signature attention to detail Thoughtful in-cabin experience reflecting Lexus’ “Human Centred” philosophy Will debut in South Africa in 2020 The much-anticipated convertible version of the Lexus LC 500 flagship coupe made its global debut in Los Angeles (19 November) and will be on public […]

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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 […]