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SANORA CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER RESIGNS

South African National Off Road Racing Association chief executive officer Siegfried Rousseau has resigned.“Due to increased personal and business pressure I unfortunately can no longer devote the required time and attention to the two championships run under the SACCS banner,” Rousseau said. “It was not an easy decision but in the interests of the sport […]

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Total South Africa announces partnership with South African Cross Country Series

Total South Africa yesterday, announced their sponsorship of the South African Cross Country Motor Racing Series (SACCS).  This follows on the heels of the company’s sponsorship of the Toyota Gazoo Racing team, which was announced late last year. The sponsorship is a one year deal where Total South Africa will provide Total Excellium fuel for […]

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SIX DEMANDING SELECTIVE SECTIONS PLANNED FOR INAUGURAL RALLY KAZAKHSTAN IN MAY

·        Kenderly Sea Resort on the Caspian Sea to host rally bivouac for three days on May 22-24   The Automotorsport Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan has finalised an ambitious six-day route for the fifth round of the 2017 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, which will test crews and their machines to the […]

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Pirelli tames Baberspan

Pirelli tyres scored its first Cross Country Racing victory in South Africa in only its second race, when new to SA Scorpion Rally rubber carried official winners, Lourens van Wyk and Cois Maré’s Toyota Hilux home to victory in the season-opening Northern Regions Barberspan 500 Production Vehicle race over the weekend. The race also saw […]

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A NEW JOURNEY WITH A HEALTHY FUTURE FOR CROSS COUNTRY MOTOR RACING

 Six championship events in South Africa and Botswana Long regarded as the most competitive championship of its kind in world motorsport, cross country racing has embarked on a new journey with a healthy future.The national car and motorcycle/quad championships open in Lichtenburg on March 31, and have been rebranded as the South African Cross Country […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA READY TO TAKE ON 2017

Having won both the South African Cross Country Championship and the South African National Rally Championship in 2016, Toyota Gazoo Racing SA is preparing their attack for the 2017 motorsport season. This year, the team will again be represented in both championships, and will also be competing on an international level. Last year’s performance by […]

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AL ATTIYAH BEATS Al QASSIMI TO DUBAI INTERNATIONAL BAJA VICTORY AS SOUTH AFRICAN ACKERMAN CLINCHES BIKES CROWN

Nasser Al Attiyah produced a convincing victory in the inaugural Dubai International Baja powered by AW Rostamani and Nissan today as Dubai-based South African rider Mark Ackerman produced a brilliant surge on the last leg to clinch the bikes crown.Qatar’s reigning FIA World Cup champion Al-Attiyah, partnered by French co-driver Mathieu Baumel in a Toyota […]

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Total South Africa announces partnership with South African Cross Country Series

Total South Africa today, announced their sponsorship of the South African Cross Country Motor Racing Series (SACCS).  This follows on the heels of the company’s sponsorship of the Toyota Gazoo Racing team, which was announced late last year. The sponsorship is a one year deal where Total South Africa will provide Total Excellium fuel for […]

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LOCAL DRIVERS, RIDERS SHARE STAGE WITH WORLD STARS IN DUBAI INTERNATIONAL BAJA

 Frst Lady of quad racing aims to go one better on return to action in UAE  The UAE’s new entry into World Cup cross country rallying sees the world’s best drivers and riders rubbing shoulders with local privateers and enthusiasts on an international stage this weekend.Launched as part of the initiative to revive rallying in […]

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New Dakar Champion Sunderland in powerful line-up for Dubai International Baja

Bikes star among 72 riders and drivers to battle for honours in UAE’s new World Cup event as Sulayem shows way ahead for rallying New Dakar Rally bikes champion Sam Sunderland, making a first competitive appearance since his historic victory in South America, is in a powerful line-up of 72 riders and drivers tackling the […]

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Las Vegan Rob MacCachren breaks through for Mint 400 win

 It has been a week of breakthroughs for talented, star-crossed auto racing drivers from Las Vegas.Six days after Kurt Busch took the lead on the last lap of the Daytona 500 and pulled away to the victory, ending an 0-for-15 run in the Great American Race, it was Rob MacCachren’s turn to have the racing […]

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OVERDRIVE RACING MOUNTS FOUR-CAR CHALLENGE FOR HONOURS IN INAUGURAL DUBAI INTERNATIONAL BAJA

 Overdrive Racing will field an impressive four-car line-up of Toyota Hiluxes at this weekend’s inaugural Dubai International Baja, the second round of the 2017 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. The event takes place on March 9-11.The first of three Middle Eastern events in the gruelling off-road calendar has attracted many of Overdrive Racing’s leading […]

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‘SILLY SEASON’ ALMOST OVER FOR CROSS COUNTRY MOTOR RACING ENTHUSIASTS

The agony of waiting for a long “silly season” to end is almost over for highly motivated cross country motor racing competitors and enthusiasts who have been waiting eagerly for the opening of the 2017 national Cross Country car and motorcycle/quad championships. The wheels will be set in motion in Lichtenburg in North West province […]

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QMMF TO RUN COUNTING ROUND OF NATIONAL BAJA SERIES IN CONJUNCTION WITH FIA WORLD CUP EVENT

Officials at the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) have confirmed that they will host a counting round of the Qatar National Baja Championship in conjunction with the Qatar Cross-Country Rally, round four of the FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup and round two of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, on April 17-22. QMMF President […]

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OVERDRIVE RACING’S ARON DOMZALA SNATCHES FIA WORLD CUP LEAD WITH VICTORY IN BAJA RUSSIA

Sunday, February 26: Overdrive Racing’s Aron Domzala made the perfect start to his challenge for honours in this year’s FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies by claiming outright victory in the Baja Russia Northern Forest Rally, round one of the series across the icy wastelands of Karelia, north-western Russia. Domzala and his fellow Polish navigator […]

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Jay Leno to Race The 2017 Mint 400

The Mint 400 announced today that Jay Leno will be racing The 2017 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by BFGoodrich Tires in a nearly stock Camburg Engineering built Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. An avid automotive enthusiast, Leno will start the race with Ryan Millen as his co-driver and then hand over driving duties to builder/racer […]

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FLYING DUTCHMAN READY FOR BATTLE WITH ARAB STARS IN DUBAI INTERNATIONAL BAJA

Al Qassimi leads UAE challenge as new event showing way ahead for rallying takes on Al Qudra desert  Flying Dutchman Erik Van Loon is among the overseas stars ready for battle with the Arab world’s top desert specialists in next month’s Dubai International Baja which establishes a new double World Cup date for the UAE […]

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King of the Hammers 2017 – Smittybilt EMC

Lovell Brothers Repeat for a Second Consecutive Overall Win at the 2017 Smittybilt EMC – Every Man Challenge Under a calm, pre-dawn light in the Southern California desert, the silence was broken by the high-pitched whine of a well-tuned V-8 coming to life. It was joined by a second, a third, and then a forth […]

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Uphill drag racing! Rookie driver wins King of the Hammers Vision X Shootout

 The Vision X Shootout is a little like drag racing — if dragsters needed to crawl up vertical stone faces to get down the track.The event is just one of many that make up the weeklong rock-tacular King of the Hammers festival of off-road derring-do and four-wheel interpretive engineering. It’s all held in the dirt and […]

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DUBAI INTERNATIONAL BAJA TO SET CLASSIC DESERT RALLY TEST FOR WORLD’S BEST

Mohammed Ben Sulayem has promised the world’s best cross country rally drivers and riders an exhilarating test when the new Dubai International Baja gives UAE motor sport another place on the world stage next month. Sulayem, President of the Automobile and Touring Club of UAE (ATCUAE), the rally organisers, says the stages sweeping through the […]

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QMMF ANNOUNCES NEW FORMAT AND CHALLENGING ROUTE FOR 2017 QATAR CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY

Officials at the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) are currently finalising the route for this year’s renamed Qatar Cross-Country Rally, round four of the FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup and round two of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. They also announced that the revised five-day event would take place on April 17-22.   […]

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BAJA FORMAT GIVES RALLYING BRIGHT NEW FUTURE IN UAE

Dubai, UAE, 6th February, 2017:  Rallying is heading for a bright new future in the UAE, with a second World Cup cross country event now added to the national motor sport calendar and moves to attract another generation of competitors gathering pace.The 2017 Dubai International Baja, taking place in the Al Qudra desert from 9-l1 […]

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Gunning to be king of the desert

Two years ago, Marty Mann and Tom More drove the more than 1,200 miles from their homes in Kalispell to Johnson Valley, California, to see the fabled King of the Hammers off-road endurance race for the first time. They vowed it wouldn’t be the last time. (photo: Ryan del Monte) “We went down there, watched […]

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DUBAI INTERNATIONAL BAJA GIVES UAE NEW PLACE AT TOP IN CROSS COUNTRY RALLYING WORLD

Dubai, UAE, 29 January, 2017: The Automobile and Touring Club of UAE (ATCUAE) today underlined its plans to establish the new Dubai International Baja as the country’s second top flight event in the world of cross country rallying.  Taking place from 9 to 11 March in the Al Qudra desert, the three-day event is being […]

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NITTO KING OF THE HAMMERS POWERED BY OPTIMA BATTERIES.

By Robb Pritchard The 11th annual Nitto King of the Hammers week will commence with Hammertown opening to the public on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 and continue through Saturday, February 11th, 2017. What is considered the toughest one-day off road race in the world, King of the Hammers (KOH) is also the largest off-road racing […]

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Sonora Rally Returns as a Dakar Challenge Event for 2017

Rally Director Darren Skilton today announced that ASO has confirmed Sonora Rally as this years North American Dakar Challenge event for motorcycles. The winner of the 2017 Sonora Rally Dakar Challenge will receive a paid entry into the 2018 Dakar Rally. “We are very proud that ASO recognizes the unique nature of Sonora Rally. Our […]

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DONALDSON CALLS TIME ON CROSS COUNTRY MOTOR RACING CHAMPIONSHIP

Global service provider Donaldson Filtration Solutions has called time on the South African Cross Country Championship.In an official statement Donaldson has confirmed its plans “not to pursue an extension to its sponsorship agreement beyond the 2016 season” for South Africa’s premier cross country racing championship. Donaldson, in a statement released to SANORA, said a reshape […]

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Teenager Gev Teddy Sella wins Africa Eco Race

The 18-year old South African Sella on his KTM was second on the final stage behind two-time defending LAC ROSE / DAKAR:champion Pal Anders Ullevalseter; he won five of the 12 stages.Meanwhile Vladimir Vasilyev became the first Russian winner of the car category after leading from day to finish two hour and ten minute cushion […]

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SHEMUD – Girls Go Extreme in the Malaysian Jungle

By Tia Calvo Imagine one of the most challenging off-roading locations you can. Think wild entangling jungle, rain, mud, and dangerous plants and animals. Then add eight teams of kick-ass ladies from around the world in a series of modified and lifted 4×4 trophy cars and you have Shemud – the world’s only international all-women’s […]

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Africa Eco Race: Ceci wins stage two and takes over race lead Africa Eco Race:

      Stage two of this year’s Africa Eco Race took the competitors over 393 kilometres from Moulay Domain to Tagounite in Southwest Morocco. Italian Paolo Ceci won the stage in the bikes category.The Honda rider also moved into the overall race lead. Gev Teddy Sella followed his opening stage victory with a second […]

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Zero One Racing Sponsors Mint 400 “Arrive & Race” Class

Zero One Racing has been the official Mint 400 “arrive and race” partner for five consecutive years, hosting celebrity racers such as the Red Bull Signature Series host Sal Masekela, Denver Bronco DeMarcus Ware, actor and respected road racer Patrick Dempsey, and actor/comedian Dax Shepard to name a few.  The Mint 400 has a rich […]

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Robb Pritchard feature: LETHAL BEAUTY. Death road, Bolivia, in a land rover

Rubicon Trail, Darien Gap, Khyber Pass… there are many routes around the world that lure off-roaders with their history or their infamy… But how keen would you be to drive the Road of Death, a tragically perilous track cut into the soft rock of a mountain face high above the Bolivian rainforest? With an average […]

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2016 Rainforest Challenge Malaysia Grand Final

“Paaji koi nahi, aajao seedhe seedhe,” screamed Kirpal Singh Tung while guiding Gurmeet Virdi to manoeuvre his 4X4 over a huge tree trunk. For those who know him, Gurmeet is a very calm, cool and composed guy who loves off-roading. It’s not easy to ruffle him. In fact, he reminds me of Kimi Raikkonen. Irrespective […]

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A “Merzouga Challenge” on the Bassella Race

The Bassella Race, which is the biggest gathering of all-terrain bikes in Spain, will be hosting a “Merzouga Challenge” for its eighth edition. The young riders will be attempting to follow in the tracks of Roma, Coma or Barreda on 10th, 11th and 12th February 2017… In Spain, every single champion in the all-terrain motorbike […]

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2017 AFRICA ECO RACE EVERYTHING IS SET!

A SPORTY 2017 COURSE « “Designing a race course, is a bit like a puzzle. We have to put all the pieces together. Sometimes the assembly is straight forward, other times it is more complicated and it gives us many different possibilities. For the 2017 race, we had many different options, especially with the Mauritanian section, […]

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Emirati Ahmed Al Maqoodi keeps honours local in Dubai International Rally

 Emirati Ahmed Al Maqoodi put his knowledge of the local conditions to great use, cruising to the title in the Dubai International Rally on Friday. Driving a Polaris Racing Team UAE car, Al Maqoodi completed the two legs, a distance of around 220kms in the sands of Al Qudra, in 3hrs 19mins 16secs, to finish […]