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TIME FOR OFF-ROAD BIKE/QUAD AND JUNIOR COMPETITORS TO TACKLE THE KALAHARI

The Kalahari beckons and it is time for the 2015 junior and senior off-road championships to head to Stella where the fourth round of the TOTPAK National Championship and the third round of the Raslouw Academy Junior National Championship will take place on Saturday, June 6th. It is the second consecutive year that the national […]

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Off-road legend dies in chopper crash

  Story by: Ferdi de Vos Eight-times South African Off-Road racing champion and a legend in South African motor sport, Apie Reyneke, has been killed in a helicopter crash near Delareyville, North-West Province. His wife Yolande and teenage son Abraham were seriously injured and are in a Pretoria hospital.Reyneke (58), owner of Serapa Safari which […]

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SOUTH RACING TRIO FINISH THIRD, FIFTH AND EIGHTH IN PUNISHING DESAFIO RUTA 40 IN ARGENTINA

South Racing enjoyed a successful campaign at the five-stage Desafio Ruta 40, the first hurdle of the Dakar Series 2015 in Argentina. The team entered four cars in the gruelling South American event and three teams reached the finish in third, fifth and eighth overall.   Czech driver Peter Jerie and his French navigator Laurent […]

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EPIC ONE-TWO VICTORY FOR CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA ON ICONIC SUGARBELT 450

Castrol Team Toyota achieved an epic one-two victory on the legendary Sugarbelt 450, Round 2 of the Donaldson Cross-Country Championship this weekend. Leeroy Poulter and navigator Rob Howie made it two victories from two starts in the 2015 season, when they lead the race from start to finish. Defending champions Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy […]

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TWO IN A ROW FOR POULTER/HOWIE AND CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA

 Sugarbelt 450 victory cements early season championship lead  Castrol Team Toyota pair Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie today won the Sugarbelt 450, round two of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, to extend their early lead in the Production Vehicle title chase.   It was a second win in a row for Poulter/Howie, in the Castrol […]

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LANCE TRETHEWEY AND GEOFF MINNITT ROMP TO SUGARBELT 450 VICTORY

Local driver Lance Trethewey and Geoff Minnitt romped to a Special Vehicle victory on the Sugarbelt 450, round two of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, which ended here this weekend. Trethewey and Minnitt, in the LT Earthworks BAT Venom, came home ahead of former South African champions Evan Hutchison and Danie Stassen (Motorite BAT Viper) […]

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Second podium in a row for Woolridge and Huxtable on Sugarbelt 450

The Ford Performance team of Lance Woolridge and co-driver Ward Huxtable scored their second podium in a row by finishing third overall on the Sugarbelt 450, round two of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship which finished in Eston, KwaZulu-Natal this weekend.   In what were hot, dry and extremely dusty conditions, the Pietermaritzburg-based crew led […]

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Inaugural Cortez Rally Has Successful Debut In North American

 It was a dream two-time Dakar class winner Darren Skilton and Daker veteran Scott Whitney had for years. Last week, the partners successfully launched the first annual Cortez Rally, a true off-road navigation rally coming for the first time to the deserts of North America. The three-day event featured competition through intoxicating and massive sand […]

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AL-RAJHI, VARELA AND DABROWSKI SPEARHEAD OVERDRIVE RACING’S PHAROANS RALLY CHALLENGE IN EGYPT

 Overdrive Racing has sent three Toyotas Hiluxes to the Pharoans Rally in Egypt and Yazeed Al-Rajhi, Reinaldo Varela and Marek Dabrowski will represent the Belgian team at the fourth round of the 2015 World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. The event starts out from El Alamein on May 12 and finishes in Cairo on May 16. […]

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ASHTON NATIONAL ENDURO ‘ONE OF THE TOUGHEST’ WITH TESTING ROUTE

The Ashton National Enduro, the fourth round of the Liquorland National Enduro Motorcycle Championship that took place in the scenic Ashton / Bonnievale area in the Western Cape, was described as ‘one of the toughest events on the calendar’ and riders had to be physically and mentally prepared for the challenge that took place on […]

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MOTORITE RACING CREW AIM TO BUILD ON EARLY SEASON SUCCESS

Tight and tricky course for Sugarbelt 450 Building on a season opening victory in the Special Vehicle category will be top of the agenda for Motorite Racing crew Evan Hutchison and Danie Stassen on the Sugarbelt 450, round two of this year’s Donaldson Cross Country Championship, in KwaZulu-Natal on May 8 and 9. Former South […]

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CLASS CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE HOTTING UP – BATTLES TO CONTINUE AT ASHTON

Close! That is the only word to accurately describe the standings in the various class championships of the 2015 Liquorland National Enduro Motorcycle Championship and with the fourth of six rounds happening this weekend in the Ashton area in the Western Cape, time is starting to run out for those riders who have their eyes […]

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Ford Performance Team Aiming to Claim Home Advantage on Sugarbelt 450

Ford Performance is hoping to claim home advantage on the upcoming Sugarbelt 450, second round of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, which takes place in KwaZulu-Natal on 8 and 9 May.The race is based in the small farming town of Eston, around 35 km from the team’s workshop in Pietermaritzburg where the V8-powered Ford Performance […]

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CHALLENGING ‘MOOI RIVER NATIONAL OFF-ROAD’ IN SCENIC MIDLANDS MEANDER

The Mooi River National Off-road, the third round of the TOTPAK National Off-road Championship that took place in the Mooi River area KwaZulu-Natal, produced nail biting motorcycle and quad racing action in the Midlands Meander with competitors giving it their all to claim valuable points towards their championships. It was a tough day in the […]

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BUMPER ENTRY SET TO TACKLE THIS WEEKEND’S RALLY JEDDAH

Rally officials have announced an impressive provisional entry list of 39 cars and six motorcycles for this weekend’s FIA-sanctioned Rally Jeddah, which is being supported by Mohamed Yousef Naghy Motors (MYN Motors) – Land Rover.   Officials have now transferred to rally headquarters at the Al-Nakheel Beach Resort and are finalising all last minute preparations […]

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QATAR’S AL-ATTIYAH, SPAIN’S COMA AND POLAND’S SONIK CONFIRM THIRD SEALINE RALLY VICTORIES

Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah, Spain’s Marc Coma and Poland’s Rafal Sonik each confirmed their third victories at the Sealine Cross-Country Rally in four years in the car, motorcycle and quad categories on Friday.   Victories on the final stage of the punishing five-day event fell to Reinaldo Varela, Joan Barreda Bort and Mohammed Abu Issa, […]

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QATAR’S AL-ATTIYAH, SPAIN’S COMA AND POLAND’S SONIK ON COURSE FOR SEALINE RALLY VICTORIES

Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah, Spain’s Marc Coma and Poland’s Rafal Sonik remain firmly on course for victory in the car, motorcycle and quad sections of the 2015 Sealine Cross-Country Rally, after the penultimate 406.78km selective section through the Qatar deserts on Thursday.   KTM’s Coma began the day with an overall lead of 10min 12sec […]

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James Garner Memorial Tribute set for NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally

To the off-road racing community, the passing of Hollywood leading man, film actor and television icon James Garner last July marked another loss to the sport’s fading passage of its original roots. At next week’s 6th annual NORRA General Tire Mexican 1000 rally, Garner’s memory and lasting impact to Baja desert racing will be remembered […]

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ALL NEW NATIONAL OFF-ROAD RACE AT MOOI RIVER WILL LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD IN TOTPAK SERIES

An all new event on the 2015 TOTPAK National Off-road Championship, the Mooi River National Off-road that will take place on Saturday, 25 April, in the Mooi River area in KwaZulu-Natal, will not only introduce the national tour to this area for the first time in more than 15 years, but it will level the […]

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AL-ATTIYAH, COMA AND SONIK LEAD SEALINE RALLY AFTER SECOND DESERT STAGE

Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah, Spain’s Marc Coma and Poland’s Rafal Sonik are the outright leaders of the Sealine Cross-Country Rally, after a demanding 398.88km competitive section across the remote deserts to the west and south of Doha on Tuesday.   Car, motorcycle and quad stage victories on the day fell to Al-Attiyah, Austrian KTM rider […]

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NATIONAL ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIPS CHANGE AS WET KEI ENDURO PRODUCES NEW WINNERS

A wet and challenging KEI National Enduro produced new winners this past weekend and as the 2015 Liquorland National Enduro Championship reaches the halfway mark, a few new championship leaders emerged. This means that an exciting second half of the season can be expected with round four already taking place in two weeks in the […]

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OPENING SEALINE RALLY STAGE WINS FOR AL-ATTIYAH, COMA AND ABU ISSA

Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah, Spain’s Marc Coma and Qatar’s Mohammed Abu Issa edged into early advantages in their respective car, motorcycle and quad categories after the opening 201.94km selective section of the Sealine Cross-Country Rally between Al-Wabra and Sealine in Qatar on Monday afternoon.   Hot and windy conditions made the going tough for all […]

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KTM FACTORY BIKES AND HONDA’S TEAM HRC SET TO LOCK HANDLEBARS IN FASCINATING SEALINE DESERT DUEL

Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM will take on Honda’s Team HRC in what promises to be a fascinating two-wheel battle for supremacy in this week’s Sealine Cross-Country Rally, round two of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship.   The two stalwarts of cross-country rallying have dominated the sport in recent seasons and lock handlebars again over […]

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OVERDRIVE RACING ENTERS THREE TOYOTAS IN BID TO WIN QATAR’S SEALINE CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY FOR SECOND TIME

Overdrive Racing will be aiming to win next week’s Sealine Cross-Country Rally for the second time. The Belgian team has entered three Toyota Hiluxes in the third round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, which takes place on April 20-24.   The event runs for five days across challenging desert selective sections through […]

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RECORD ENTRY TO TACKLE QATAR’S CHALLENGING SEALINE CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY

• Dakar champions Al-Attiyah, Coma and Sonik top car, motorcycle and quad classes • 11 FIA Priority drivers in car section; KTM and Honda set for motorcycle showdown • Competitors from 27 countries to face daunting route through Qatar deserts   A provisional record entry of cars, motorcycles and quads will tackle next week’s Sealine […]

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BATTLES TO CONTINUE AS NATIONAL ENDURO MOTORCYCLE CHAMPIONSHIP REACHES HALFWAY MARK

The championship battles will continue as the Liquorland National Enduro Motorcycle Championship reaches the halfway mark with the KEI National Enduro that will take place this weekend at East London in the Eastern Cape. National enduro motorcycle competitors will however have to look at the bigger picture as they will have to score the maximum […]

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EARLY SPECIAL VEHICLE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD FOR MOTORITE RACING CREW

Comfortable win for former champions on first event of the season Former South African champions Evan Hutchison and Danie Stassen are no strangers when it comes to leading the Special Vehicle points log in the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, and find themselves in familiar territory after the opening round of this year’s series.   Hutchison […]

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MAIDEN OVERALL WIN GIVES POULTER AND HOWIE EARLY CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

 Two Castrol Team Toyota Hilux crews in top three A maiden overall win for Castrol Team Toyota’s Leeroy Poulter on the recent RFS Endurance has given him and co-driver Rob Howie the early Production Vehicle lead in the Donaldson Cross Country Championship.   The RFS Endurance was the opening round of the Donaldson series with […]

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Nasser Al Attiyah to appeal disqualification after winning Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

 Nasser Al Attiyah will appeal the FIA’s decision last night to disqualify him from the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, saying the suspension travel irregularity that was cited by the governing body for world motorsports gave him no advantage.   The Qatari is competing in the FIA Cross Country World Cup for Mini All4 Racing. He […]

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Sand storm brings Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge to early end

BREAKING NEWS: AL ATTIYAH EXCLUDED FROM DESERT CHALLENGE Nasser Al Attiyah has been excluded from the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED BY NISSAN for a suspension travel irregularity following post-event scrutineering by the FIA. Russia’s defending champion Vladimir Vasilyev, partnered by Konstantin Zhiltsov in a Mini, is the winner in the cars category. ___________________________________________________________________________ EARLIER […]

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OVERDRIVE RACING’S AL-RAJHI AND DABROWSKI FINISH FIFTH AND SIXTH IN GRUELLING ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

• Transmission damage thwarts Khalid Al-Qassimi after brave climb to fourth • Outright Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge win for Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah • Master relay problems cost Varela and Gugelmin third in overall standings Overdrive Racing finished the gruelling six-day Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in fifth and sixth positions with two of their four Toyota […]

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NASSER TIGHTENS GRIP ON DESERT CHALLENGE AS COMA TURNS ON WORLD CHAMPION STYLE

UAE’s Al Qassimi climbs within reach of podium position while Al Helei finds cruel luck in Rub Al Khali Nasser Al Attiyah strengthened his grip on the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED by Nissan today with another measured drive in the Rub Al Khali while world champion Marc Coma made a big move in his […]