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Gold for Atlas Copco Ford Racing in Gauteng

 Atlas Copco Ford Racing claimed gold by winning the Production Vehicle category on the final round of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship held today near Westonaria in Gauteng.Gary Bertholdt and co-driver Siegfried Rousseau (T4) enjoyed a clean run from third place in qualifying, and completed the two 152 km loops without incident to claim the […]

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CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA CLINCHES DONALDSON CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP

Toyota 1st and 2nd in overall 2014 Championship Toyota 1st and 2nd in Class S Championship Toyota 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th in Atlas Copco Gold 450 production vehicles Toyota 1st and 2nd in Atlas Copco Gold 450 Class S Toyota won all classes entered in all championships (cross country and rally) in 2014 […]

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TOYOTA TRIUMVIRATE TO BATTLE IT OUT ON FINAL ROUND OF DONALDSON CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP

The word ‘triumvirate’ stems from ancient Roman times, and describes a group of three men sharing power. Seldom has there been such a fitting word to illustrate a scenario in motorsport – yet the three men that occupy the top three positions in the 2014 Donaldson Cross Country Championship are undeniably the men who currently […]

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Going for gold on final round of 2014 Donaldson Cross Country Championship

Atlas Copco Ford Racing is aiming for gold on the final round of the 2014 Donaldson Cross Country Championship, the Atlas Copco Gold 450 on Gauteng’s West Rand from 28 to 29 November. The race is guaranteed to provide an action-packed finale to the 2014 season, with lots still to play for in the final […]

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MacCachren/A. McMillin/Voss ‘Rockstars’ earns Overall, SCORE Trophy Truck win at 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

Running their game plan to perfection, a desert racing ‘dream team’ of Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren, San Diego’s Andy McMillin and Jason Voss, of Gilroy, Calif. rolled like Rockstars, overcoming a brutally-rugged 1,275-mile course and over 200 challenge, driving to the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory Friday at the 47th annual Tecate SCORE Baja […]

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Eight Mini All4 Racing To Compete In The 2015 Dakar Rally, Joan ‘Nani’ Roma Aiming To Defend His Dakar Title

Less than two months ahead of the start of the 2015 Dakar Rally (3-17 January) X-raid, supported by MINI, has revealed its line-up for the 37th edition of the world’s most famous long-distance rally. A total of eight MINI ALL4 Racing with driver crews from ten countries will take on the ultimate motorsport adventure of […]

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MEDALS, EXPERIENCE FOR TEAM SOUTH AFRICA AFTER SIX DAYS OF ENDURO RACING IN ARGENTINA

The members of the two South African enduro motorcycle teams who represented the country at the 89th International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) that took place at San Juan in Argentina (3 – 8 November 2014), have returned with three medals and lots of experience they will apply when returning to this gruelling global event in […]

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MINI ALL4 Racing remains a class of its own

Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov made it! With their MINI ALL4 Racing, they won the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup. In the Baja Portalegre 500, the final round on the FIA World Cup calendar, finishing sixth proved to be enough for them for defending their championship lead. Including this success, a total of nine […]

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A SPECTATOR FRIENDLY FINALE TO CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP

The final race in this year’s Donaldson Cross Country Championship, the Atlas Copco Gold 450 on the West Rand on November 28 and 29, will be a spectator friendly event with a route that will be familiar to regular competitors in the series.   With a number of championships still up for grabs, particularly in […]

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MINI finishes FIA World Cup on a high

MINI and the Monster Energy X-raid team have finished the 2014 season in the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies on a high: Ricardo Porém/Manuel Porém (PT/PT) won the Baja Portalegre in Portugal in the MINI ALL4 Racing, Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RU/RU) finished in sixth position, winning the title at the final round of the […]

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FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup decision in Portugal

Nine FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup rounds have been contested and the battle for the titles has been taken down to the season finale, Portugal’s Baja Portalegre. With 216 points on their tally, Russian pairing Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov and their MINI ALL4 racing travel to Portugal as World Cup leaders. 20 points […]

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KTM EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE RIDER LINE UP FOR THE ROOF OF AFRICA 2014

With the local South African championships in both the National Offroad and Enduro disciplines having come to an end, Extreme Enduro riders from South Africa and beyond are now focusing on the one last big event of the year, the gruelling Roof of Africa event that will be held in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho […]

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WADE YOUNG (18) WINS THE RACE, THE E1 TITLE AND NUMBER ONE PLATE FOR 2014

Wade Young (Brother KTM) rounded the 2014 Liquorland National Enduro Championship off with yet another overall win and class victory when he won the Liquorland Matatiele WFO National Enduro that took place at Matatiele in the Eastern Cape. This was his fifth overall victory and sixth E1 Class Championship win this season resulting in him […]

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First Ever Ladies Champion Crowned in National Off-road Bike/Quad Championship!

Yes, hats off to all the ladies who competed in the first ever Combined Ladies Championship that formed part of the 2014 SA National Off-road Motorcycle and Quad Championship – if it was not for each and every one of these brave lady competitors who raced their bikes or quads in the national series this […]

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TEAM RHIDE SA’S BRIAN BARAGWANATH SHATTERS THE RECORDS!

Team Rhide SA’s off-road quad racer, Brian Baragwanath, has shattered the records by becoming the first quad competitor in the past decade to win all the rounds of a modern South African national off-road series and by doing so, he won the quad category overall and claimed the Q1 Class Championship title. It was the […]

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Marc Coma 2014 FIM Cross Countries Rally Champion

The six-round FIM Cross Countries Rally Championship concluded Thursday with the final stage of the Morocco Rally.b And with a stage-score of 3-2-5-1-8-7, Red Bull KTM’s Marc Coma secured the 2014 Morocco Rally victory. But that wasn’t it – he also secured the FIM Cross Countries Rally Championship. This was important feat for the 38-year-old […]

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SUCCESSFUL DAKAR TEST ON RALLY OF MOROCCO FOR TOYOTA IMPERIAL HILUX

The Toyota Imperial Hilux crew of Giniel de Villiers and German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz has completed six successful days of testing for the 2015 Dakar, when the Rally of Morocco drew to a close in Marrakech on Thursday 9 October. The crew entered as much to win the race as to run a specific […]

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STUNNING STAGE WIN FOR DE VILLIERS / VON ZITZEWITZ ON RALLY OF MOROCCO

After a tough and frustrating day in the Southern Moroccon Desert on Tuesday, the Toyota Imperial Hilux pairing of Giniel de Villiers and German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz, bounced back on Wednesday to record an impressive stage victory. Stage 5 of the 6-stage event was 302 km in length, and saw the teams finally arrive […]

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DIFFICULTIES IN MOROCCO FOR TOYOTA IMPERIAL HILUX PAIRING

South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers and German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz were forced to incur a substantial time penalty for missing a checkpoint on Stage 4 of the Rally of Morocco. The pair was holding steady in third place overall, after three tough days of racing in the South of the country, but a steering […]

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TOYOTA IMPERIAL HILUX PAIRING DE VILLIERS / VON ZITZEWITZ BATTLE THROUGH LONGEST STAGE IN MOROCCO

At 314 km, Monday’s stage of the Oilibya Rally of Morocco was not only the longest of the event, but also technically the most challenging. The route consisted of long, undulating sandy sections, which saw Giniel de Villiers and German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz (Toyota Imperial Hilux) post the fourth-fastest time today. Argentina’s Orlando Terranova […]

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DE VILLIERS / VON ZITZEWITZ CONTINUE TO EXCEL AT RALLY OF MOROCCO

Stage 2 of the Rally of Morocco saw crews traverse 211 km of rough terrain, including a short dune crossing. As with yesterday’s opening stage, Toyota Imperial Hilux driver Giniel de Villiers ended second, just 1:22 behind the stage winner. But while the opening stage was won by Orlando Terranova of Argentina (MINI All4Racing), it […]

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CHAMPIONS AND DISAPPOINTMENT AT RYSMIERBULT 200 NATIONAL OFF-ROAD FINAL

National champions finalised their titles at a tough and testing Rysmierbult 200, the final round of the 2014 SA National Off-road Motorcycle and Quad Championships that took place this past Saturday (27 September) outside Ventersdorp in the North-West Province, but there were disappointment for some competitors who will have to try again to claim titles. […]

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Overdrive Racing fields strong team in Morocco

•         South African Toyota Imperial team enter De Villiers in works Hilux •         Dutchman Ten Brinke joins Team Orlen duo of Dabrowski and Czachor •         Argentine Alvarez returns to Toyota line-up; Issabayev in Team Astana car Overdrive Racing is sending a strong line-up of Toyota Hiluxes to next week’s OiLibya Rally of Morocco in a […]

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KTM riders take 7 of top 10 in Red Bull Sea to Sky Hard Enduro

The fifth edition of the Red Bull Sea to Sky Hard Enduro concluded on Sunday with Graham Jarvis taking a third victory in this epic event. Red Bull KTM factory riders Jonny Walker (GBR) and Andreas Lettenbichler (GER) finished second and third with KTM riders taking seven of the top ten places in Kemer, Turkey. […]

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ANOTHER TOUGH CHALLENGE FOR DONALDSON CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP CREWS

The penultimate round of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, the Thaba ’Nchu 450 in the Free State on October 24 and 25, is going to provide competitors in the Production and Special Vehicle categories with another tough challenge. For the sixth time in seven events this season crews will be heading into the unknown with […]

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NAIL BITING FINAL NATIONAL OFF-ROAD BATTLE EXPECTED AT VENTERSDORP

It is time for the sixth and final round of the 2014 SA National Off-road Motorcycle and Quad Championship and the Rysmierbult 200 that takes place this weekend (Saturday, 27 September) outside Ventersdorp in the North-West Province, will serve as the battle ground for this epic event where various titles will be decided. Competitors have […]

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Emirates Desert Championship heads for record-breaking start to new season

 Mohammed Ben Sulayem sees national Baja rally series going from strength to strength with entries set to break 100 barrier, two more rounds added. The Emirates Desert Championship is heading for a record-breaking start to the 2014-15 season next month, with entries set to break the 100 barrier for the first time in the national […]

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2014 Desafio Inca Peru: Joan ‘Nani’ Roma Wins // MINI And X-Raid Complete A Successful Test For The 2015 Dakar Rally

  Joan “Nani” Roma/Michél Perin (ES/FR), MINI and the Monster Energy X-raid team have won the 2014 Desafio Inca Rally in South America. Held around the city of Pisco in Peru, the event is a tough challenge and a good preparation for the biggest challenge in offroad rallying: The Dakar Rally, which will be held […]

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CHARDRI MONK IS FIM AFRICA SORC CHAMPION!

Chardri Monk (24), a graphic designer from East London who currently works in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, has travelled thousands of kilometres and has completed hundreds of tough off-road racing kilometres on her quad to finally clinch the 2014 FIM Africa Southern Off-road Championship (SORC). The 2014 Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) Africa […]

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TOYOTA CONSOLIDATES CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD ON VRYBURG 450

• Second place in Production Vehicles for Taylor/Murphy • Third place in Production Vehicles for Kock/Burger • First in Class S for Venter/Van Aardt • Second in Class S for Visser/Le Roux • Seven Toyota Hiluxes in Top Ten • Manufacturer’s Award The Vryburg 450 – spiritual home of cross-country racing in South Africa, which […]

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Atlas Copco Ford Racing Wins Vryburg 450

Atlas Copco Ford Racing earned a resounding and well-deserved victory on the Vryburg 450, round six of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship. On his return to the team for the first time since crashing on the Dakar Rally in January and picking up a neck injury, Chris Visser, along with co-driver Japie Badenhorst powered their […]

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BROTHER KTM’S YOUNG CLEANS UP AT WINTERBERG ENDURO

The scenic little town of Patensie in the Eastern Cape played host to the Winterberg Enduro, the fifth and penultimate round of the SA Liquorland National Enduro championship where competitors had to complete a distance of 203 km’s consisting of a 53 km loop that included three specials tests and that had to be completed […]

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TOYOTA TRIO AT THE TOP IN DONALDSON CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP

With only three rounds remaining in the 2014 Donaldson Cross Country, the action moves to the spiritual home of off-road racing in South Africa, Vryburg. For Castrol Team Toyota, current championship leaders, it will be an opportunity to consolidate and build on their success earlier in the season. Defending champion Anthony Taylor, with navigator Dennis […]

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Atlas Copco Ford Racing aiming for victory on 6th round of Donaldson Cross Country Championship

Fifth all-new route in six events on Vryburg 450 during 12 and 13  September Chris Visser returns to the team for the first time this year, and on home territory Ford Racing on a high after impressive showing on Brazil’s tough Rally dos Sertões   Atlas Copco Ford Racing will be going all-out to secure […]

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SPECIAL VEHICLE LOTTERY AT VRYBURG 450

The Special Vehicle championship has turned into something of a lottery and someone needs to pull a winning ticket out of the hat at the Vryburg 450, round six of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, in North West province on September 12 and 13. Current championship leaders Quintin and Kallie Sullwald, in the Elegant Fuel […]

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Home victory for Holowczyc in the MINI ALL4 Racing

Nothing is sweeter than a victory in front of your own fans is something that Krzysztof Holowczyc from Poland will certainly confirm after winning his home event, the 2014 Baja Poland of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, in the MINI ALL4 Racing entered by the X-raid Team. Alongside his new co-driver Xavier Panseri […]

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WILL LIQUORLAND NATIONAL WINTERBERG ENDURO SEE NEW WINNERS?

It is that time of the Liquorland National Enduro Championship when competitors have to travel to Patensie in the Gamtoos Valley in the Eastern Cape to tackle the Liquorland National Winterberg Enduro, the fifth and penultimate round of the 2014 series that takes place on Saturday (6 September) and while they will enjoy the route […]

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SCENIC ROUTE CHALLENGED NATIONAL BIKE AND QUAD OFF-ROAD RIDERS

A challenging, but scenic route in the Free State tested competitors at the GOC National Off-road, the fifth and penultimate round of the 2014 SA National Off-road Motorcycle and Quad Championship that took place on Sunday (24 August) and while quad competitor, Brian Baragwanath (Team Rhide SA Yamaha), claimed his fifth consecutive victory, there was […]

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Overdrive Racing sends five Hiluxes to Baja Poland

The Belgian Overdrive Racing Team continues its hectic August by entering five Toyota Hiluxes in this weekend’s Baja Poland, round eight of the 2014 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies.The three-day Polish event, which is centred in the town of Szczecin Bezrzecze is an important one for the Overdrive Team for three different reasons and […]