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EXCITING RACING AT NATIONAL ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON OPENERS

The Liquorland National Enduro Motorcycle Championship is known for gruelling racing and the competition is extremely tough. To compete in two rounds of the 2015 national season on two consecutive days with racing taking place at the beginning of the season, is not easy on competitors. This is however, exactly what competitors did when they […]

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FIA give Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge top ranking

The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, as if it needed more reason to celebrate, was officially confirmed on Wednesday as the FIA World Cup’s top-ranking cross-country rally. The annual week-long endurance race will mark its 25th anniversary when it starts on March 27 and the foundations set over the past two-and-a-half decades have led to the […]

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NATIONAL ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP KICKS OFF WITH TWO ROUNDS AT CREIGHTON

The 2015 SA Liquorland National Enduro Motorcycle Championship kicks off this weekend (7 and 8 March) with two of the season’s six rounds that will take place at Creighton in KwaZulu-Natal. This ‘double-header’ will test competitors at the beginning of the new season, but they can walk away with a healthy amount of points after […]

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BEER TEAM FIGHT BACK TO WIN LMC MEGA CENTRE BARBERSPAN 500

A stunning comeback took Andrew and Zelma Beer, in a BAT, to overall victory in the LMC Mega World Barberspan 500, round two of the Northern Regions Cross Country Championship. The Beers started the day in 16th place overall and ninth in the Special Vehicle category, and then scythed their way through the field to […]

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FATHER/SON TEAM LEAD THE WAY ON LMC MEGA CENTRE BARBERSPAN 500

The Benoni-based father and son team of Tony and Michael Gouveia led the way in yesterday’s qualifying race for the LMC Mega Centre Barberspan 500, round two of the Northern Regions Cross Country Championship, here today. The Gouveias, in a BAT, led home a quartet of Class P cars as Special Vehicle entries dominated the […]

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SO, YOU ARE RELYING ON ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE??

BMW ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE – AN “ON-CALLED-FOR” STORY!   At some stage in life, you will walk around in a showroom admiring a car imagining yourself driving it. The salesperson will talk non-stop, assuring you that what you are looking at, is the best ever, but the final push over the buying-edge will probably be the […]

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Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer to participate in Mint 400 off-road race

 With “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty” as a description of his military service, Marine Corp Sgt. Dakota Meyer is already an unmitigated badass. But now, the 26-year-old can add “race car driver” right below “Medal of Honor recipient” to his impressive resume. Sgt. […]

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Dakar Rally champion Marc Coma confirmed for Emirates Desert Championship final round

The final round of the Emirates Desert Championship next weekend has gone up a notch in prestige with the unexpected participation of reigning five-time Dakar Rally champion Marc Coma.The six-time FIM world champion rider has been drafted in by KTM-UAE to contest the climax of the country’s national Baja series on March 6. The one-day […]

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Overdrive Racing’s Suominen And Nasman Miss Out On Outright Baja Russian Northern Forest Win

Overdrive Racing’s Tapio Suominen and Toni Nasman narrowly missed out on taking outright victory in Baja Russia Northern Forest ’15 and finished second overall behind their rival all-Finnish crew of Jouni-Matti Ampuja and Markku Antero Hurskainen. Snowdrifts, deep ruts and treacherous conditions made the event a real test of man and machine and a fitting […]

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CS Santosh rides Suzuki RMX 450 for Desert Storm 2015

.   More than 130 participants have registered for Desert Storm 2015. The six-day extreme event across categories (XTreme, NDure XPlore and Moto Quad) covers 2300 kms, starting from New Delhi to drive through Sardarshahar, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and concludes at Jaipur on March 1, 2015. Participants will need to overcome varied terrains, sand dunes, dried […]

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THE HEATWAVE, SOME RAIN AND SPECTACULAR OFF-ROAD RACING AT RYSMIERBULT

A combination of extreme weather conditions; a new format for the TOTPAK National Off-road Championship and a route that took competitors through diamond diggings and farms in the Rysmierbult area outside Ventersdorp in the North-West Province, resulted in an excellent first round of the junior* and senior off-road motorcycle and quad racing season this past […]

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Ford’s 2015 Motorsport Campaigns United Under Ford Performance Banner

Ford South Africa’s motorsport activities have been united for the 2015 season with the launch of its motorsport programme under the new Ford Performance brand. “Ford remains committed to innovation through performance, and the new global Ford Performance team ties together racing, performance vehicles and parts,” says Tracey Delate, Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company of […]

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EXCITING CHANGES TO DONALDSON CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP

Changes to calendar, event format and points allocations This year’s Donaldson Cross Country Championship will open with the RFS Endurance Race in Harrismith on March 27 and 28, and will herald in exciting changes to the national series.   The changes include a reduced calendar and revamped event formats and points allocations. The changes, put […]

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TOP CREWS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK ON LMC MEGA CENTRE BARBERSPAN 500

A number of top crews will be looking to bounce back to form on the LMC Mega Centre Barberspan 500, round two of the Northern Regions Cross Country Championship, in North West Province on February 27 and 28. The opening round of the championship last month, the Vredefort 250, saw some of the more fancied […]

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HA’IL INTERNATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY

Officials at the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF) have now completed the route reconnaissance and detailed road book for the 10th Ha’il International Cross-Country Rally, which will take place across the north-central region of the Kingdom on March 19-22. A party of senior race officials, including Ahmed Mutabaghani, Elie Semaan and László Polgár, have just […]

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FIVE PUNISHING DESERT STAGES PLANNED FOR QATAR’S REVISED SEALINE CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY

By: Neil Perkins • Entries for QMMF’s new-look Sealine event open tomorrow (Thursday) • QMMF announces over 1,750km of competition for car, bike and quad entrants The Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) has laid on five demanding desert selective sections for car, bike and quad entrants taking part in this year’s Sealine Cross-Country Rally, […]

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NATIONAL OFF-ROAD BIKE/QUAD SEASON KICKS OFF AT VENTERSDORP THIS WEEKEND

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Yes, after a break of four months, it is time for the national off-road motorcycle and quad season to resume and from the feedback after the launch and announcement of the 2015 season, one can safely say that some exciting racing can be expected this weekend (21 February) at […]

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OVERDRIVE RACING SENDS THREE TOYOTA HILUXES TO KARELIA’S FROZEN FORESTS FOR FIA WORLD CUP OPENER

By Neil Perkins • Brazil’s Reinaldo Varela and Pole Marek Dabrowski to drive two Toyotas • Former Finnish WRC co-driver Tapio Suominen joins Overdrive for first time • New-look route pushes further north into Karelia and Finnish border country No sooner has the dust settled on another exciting and successful Dakar Rally foray and Belgium-based […]

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If there’s a tougher motorsports event than this, we haven’t seen it.

 If the Baja 1000 or Paris-Dakar is too wimpy for you, consider the King of the Hammers. There has always been this network of really rugged 4×4 trails out in Johnson Valley in the Mojave Desert, each of which had a variation on a “Hammer” name — Jack Hammer, Sledge Hammer, Claw Hammer — and […]

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NEW AND EXCITING OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLE AND QUAD RACING PREDICTED FOR 2015

Competitors, sponsors and enthusiasts can expect a new level of excitement when the first rounds of the 2015 TOTPAK National Off-road Motorcycle and Quad Championship and the Raslouw Academy Junior National Championship kick off on 21 February in the Rysmierbult area outside Ventersdorp in the North-West Province. For the first time in the recent history […]

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King of the Hammers 2015 Ultimate Desert Race Event

Once again, on Friday, February 6, 2015, the Kind of the Hammers comes to “Hammertown”, located on Mean’s Dry Lake in Johnson Valley, CA.  This is one of the major events from Ultra4 racing. You can expect to see more than 300 teams competing with more than 35,000 sports fans and 4×4 enthusiasts attending. Their unlimited […]

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Gas-fueled KAMAZ: African test passed!

 The international Africa Eco Race 2015 rally, in which a natural gas-fueled sports truck on the KAMAZ-Master team took part, finished in Senegal  Sunday.. Following the results of 12 stages, the gas-fueled KAMAZ driven by Sergey Kupriyanov made it to the top three in the overall standing of the race. The awards ceremony of the Africa […]

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Namibia: Ingo Happy to Realise Dakar Rally Dream

Ingo Waldschmidt, Namibia’s enduro rider finished in third overall in the Africa Eco Race, which ended in Dakar, Senegal, last Sunday.He is expected back home in Namibia tomorrow and all motor sport lovers have been urged to give him a hero’s welcome, as he jets in at the Hosea Kutako International Airport. Waldschmidt was among […]

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AFRICA ECO RACE 2015 A BIG DAY!

Yesterday’s stage was the longest one in kilometers as a special stage on the Africa Eco Race 2015. It was also one of the most complete with various African landscapes and of course, the Chegaga Erg which is always a delicate part of the stage in termes of Navigation and steering. Anyhow, even if there […]

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AFRICA ECO RACE 2015 : A TOUGH STAGE FOR A START !!!

Temperature was reaching just above 5°C around 9h45am when the first bike crossed the finish line of stage 1 of the AFRICA ECO RACE® 2015 set near Guersif in the west suburbs of Nador. As we could have expected, Pal Anders ULLEVALESETER didn’t make a single error in the bikes category, as well as Jacky LOOMANS […]

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Africa Eco Race gets underway in Saint Cyprien

For the forth consecutive year, the seaside resort of Saint Cyprien in the Oriental Pyrenees welcomed the start of the Africa Eco Race.Even though the sun was at the rendezvous yesterday, the temperature was quite chilly due to a cold wind. But as usual, the technical scrutineering which took place on the Joa Casino parking […]

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NORRA Adds Cortez Challenge Rally Raid to 2015 General Tyre Mexican 1000

  Looking to bring top level, international-style Rally Raid motorsports to North American soil, the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) has announced plans for a new three day “Cortez Rally” event for 2015 to be run in conjunction with next year’s General Tyre NORRA Mexican 1000. Competitors can run each race separately, or for […]

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Donaldson Cross Country Championship 2014 review

Close contests characterised the overall and class championships in the Production Vehicle category in this year’s Donaldson Cross Country Championship.The overall and premier Class T titles, as well as the Class S championship, were all decided at the final event of the season on the West Rand. The Atlas Copco Gold 450 produced a win […]

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ANOTHER TOP 10 ‘ROOF OF AFRICA’ RESULT FOR ALTUS DE WET

ALTUS DE WET, racing for team Cargo-Tac Husqvarna Factory Racing, can tick off a few things on his ‘Roof of Africa’ list after he finished this race in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho this past weekend in the fourth place overall. “Well done to Wade Young for winning the Roof of Africa. He rode extremely […]

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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 […]