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AL-ATTIYAH OVERCOMES TIME PENALTIES TO REGAIN OUTRIGHT LEAD IN QATAR CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY

Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and French co-driver Matthieu Baumel overcame hefty penalties that were added to their overall time to regain the outright lead with the fastest time on the 340.54km selective section of the Manateq Qatar Cross-Country Rally on Friday. The Toyota Hilux driver started the day with a stage lead of 16min 07sec, […]

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DISAPPOINTMENT FOR DE VILLIERS/HOWIE AT THE 2018 QATAR CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY AS AL ATTIYAH/BAUMEL POWER ON

 It was a day of high drama in the desert near the Qatari capital of Doha, as Toyota Gazoo Racing SA continued their quest for victory. Unfortunately, Giniel de Villiers and co-driver Robert Howie were forced to retire from the race, after they hit a ditch just 30 km into the 350 km-long Stage 2, […]

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NASSER AL-ATTIYAH EXTENDS HIS OUTRIGHT LEAD WITH SECOND STAGE WIN IN QATAR

  Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and French co-driver Matthieu Baumel romped to an emphatic victory on the opening 358.15km desert stage of the Manateq Qatar Cross-Country Rally on Thursday. The day’s stage started south-west of Losail and wound its way through the remote western wastelands before crossing the bottom of the country to finish near Sealine […]

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Manateq Qatar Cross-Country Rally

QATAR’S AL-ATTIYAH PIPS SOUTH AFRICAN TOYOTA COLLEAGUE DE VILLIERS TO FASTEST TIME IN LOSAIL SUPER SPECIAL STAGE Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and French co-driver Matthieu Baumel got the better of a strong field through a varied and challenging opening 4.84km super special stage of the Manateq Qatar Cross-Country Rally at the Losail International Circuit late […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA ALL SET FOR QATAR CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY

Both Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Toyota Hilux race cars have passed scrutineering for the 2018 Qatar Cross-Country Rally, and are now all set to tackle the first racing stage on Wednesday, 18 April. This event is Round 4 of the FIA Cross-Country World Cup, of which the Toyota driver Nasser Al Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu […]

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Morocco Desert Challenge: Race started with roll of Favourite Ourednicek

 The Morocco Desert Challenge started with the prologue stage this Sunday in Morocco – and we have the first big accident of the top-favourite in the cars and last year´s winner Tomas Ourednicek (Ford Ranger) from Czech Republic. The winners of the first stage in the cars are the Dutch Michiel Becx / Edwin Kuipers […]

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Qatar- Al Attiyah gets ready for fierce off-road battle at home event

 Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah and his French co-driver Matthieu Baumel head a truly international field of competitors from 18 countries set to challenge for honours in their various categories at next week’s Qatar Cross-Country Rally, round four of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies and round two of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World […]

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Big boys battle it out in AOAA’s first ULTRA4 event

  The Anthricite Outdoor Adventure Area’s (AOAA) first ever ULTRA4 Series racing event turned out to be quite successful and a fan favorite. The day, which started off with clear skies, ended with a muddy celebration and many smiles. Attendance Saturday’s race drew an estimated crowd of more than 1,100 fans to the AOAA park, […]

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SA CROSS COUNTRY SERIES SWITCHES TO HISTORIC KWAZULU-NATAL AREA

Cross country motor racing enthusiasts who like to combine a little South African history and game viewing with their racing need look no further than the Battlefields 400, in Dundee on May 4 and 5, to satisfy a trio of passions. The event is round two of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) and […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA TO FIELD TWO-CAR TEAM AT QATAR CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA will be fielding two cars at the Qatar Cross-Country Rally, which gets under way in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. One of the Toyota Hilux IMA cars will be in the hands of Qatari driver Nasser Al Attiyah, who is also the defending champion of the FIA’s Cross-Country World […]

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Former Football Trainer Villas-Boas to drive Maverick X3 in selected events

 Esteemed former Premier League soccer manager André Villas-Boas has reached an agreement with South Racing to tackle select rounds of his native Portuguese National Championship of Cross-Country Rallies (CNTT) and Morocco’s Merzouga Rally in April. The 40-year-old will drive a Can-Am Maverick X3, the same model of all-terrain vehicle that won the new SxS category […]

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MADDY, HUSQVARNA DOMINATE

 Maddy Malan was quite literally on fire as he rode his Q4 Fuel Husqvarna to double victories at his home 2018 TRP Distributors SA National Motocross Championship round at Thunder Valley at Pietermaritzburg on Saturday. Malan took three wins — two in MX2 and a win and a second in MX1 to deliver a Q4 […]

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SOUTH RACING CAN-AM TEAM TO ENTER FIVE MAVERICK X3s IN MOROCCO’S MERZOUGA RALLY

The South Racing Can-Am Team has entered five Maverick X3s in Morocco’s Merzouga Rally, the first round of the ASO’s Dakar Series, which is based in Merzouga and takes place under the patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco on April 15-20. Renowned American racer Casey Currie joins the South Racing Can-Am Team […]

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MATTY STEPS UP

 Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing enjoyed a mixed start to the MSA South African National Enduro Championships in Robertson in the Western Cape over the weekend, with young gun Matthew Green bringing his Pepson Plastics to a strong result with seventh on his E1 debut, while Taki Bogiages E2 class debut was thwarted by a recent […]

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MARTIN PROKOP TOPS THE STANDINGS HEADING TO THE QATAR CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY

Czech driver Martin Prokop is the leader of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies heading to the Qatar Cross-Country Rally, the fourth round of the series being hosted by the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF), on April 17-22. The former WRC star claimed the biggest victory of his career at last weekend’s Abu […]

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This is how to conquer the dunes at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

After six days of breathtaking action at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge the relief of those crossing the finish line was clear to see. Faced with over 1,000 kilometres of timed racing across the Liwa Desert it took monumental effort from every competitor who made it back to the Yas Marina Circuit safely. Celebrating victory […]

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Prokop, Quintanilla move closer to victory

The prospect of two new champions being installed in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge powered by Nissan moved a step closer after Czech driver Martin Prokop and Chilean rider Pablo Quintanilla emerged unscathed from a difficult test Wednesday. After winning the rally’s demanding penultimate leg, Prokop and co-driver David Pabiska in a Ford F-150 Evo […]

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HUSQVARNA SET FOR THUNDER

Q4 Fuel Husqvarna Racing heads to Cato Ridge in KwaZulu Natal looking to continue its solid start to the 2018 TRP Distributors SA National Motocross Championship at Thunder Valley’s second round Saturday 7 April. Cape Town rider Caleb Tennant, local Pietermaritzburg racer Maddy Malan and Durbanville, Cape Town rising star Neil van der Vyver are […]

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Alphand wins Al Ain stage, Prokop retains cars lead

Abu Dhabi: Frenchman Luc Alphand stole the show while Czech driver Martin Prokop retained his overnight cars’ lead in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge powered by Nissan on Tuesday as Sam Sunderland made a big move towards a second successive bikes’ title. After gearbox problems had ruined his victory prospects 24 hours earlier, Alphand recovered […]

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The dunes take no prisoners at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

We’re barely at the midway point of the 2018 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and already the dune-based rally has shown plenty of bite. Some top-level rally-raid talents have come off second best against the perilous terrain while a handful of competitors have managed to stay on the attack. Defending bike race champion Sam Sunderland (GBR) […]

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Jergensen father-son team wins Yokohama Sonora Rally

The 2018 Yokohama Sonora Rally came to a close on Friday as competitors enjoyed sunny skies and breathtaking views on the route south from Puerto Lobos to Bahia Kino. The day’s special stage offered navigational challenges, “carving a trail through the Saguaro cacti fields and ending at the seaside Seri Indian village of Punta Chueca,” […]

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Alphand makes stunning comeback

French driver Luc Alphand produced a stunning comeback performance to take the lead in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge powered by Nissan Sunday as Australian rider Toby Price snatched the early advantage in the bikes category. Partnered by German co-driver Andreas Schultz in a Buggy Ford 2WD, Alphand took the opening 276 km Yas Marina […]

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MINI to contest Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2018 with six international crews

The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2018 is the third round of the 2018 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup and the first long distance rally of the this season’s championship. Race action starts on Saturday 24th March with a short Super Special Stage to determine the starting order for Special Stage 1 (SS1) – the […]

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Aicha des Gazelles 2018: 5-times winner Montillet / Godeau leading after SS01

Like on Wednesday, the Gazelles got off to a slow start on the first leg, despite the relatively easy terrain and navigation. After the second checkpoints, some sand in Erg Moulay Aamar could have caused the teams problems, but a trail allowed them to avoid the small dunes. A little further on, a sandy, bumpy […]

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Yokohama Sonora Rally Day Two: The Largest Dunes in North America Do Not Disappoint

After a hot breakfast at the bivouac, racers in the 2018 Yokohama Sonora Rally got an early start for special stage one.  Today’s stage brought them straight into the heart of the Altar Desert – home of the tallest sand dunes in North America.  These monster dunes have historically separated the wheat from the chafe […]

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Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge next on Toby Price’s Radar

Price will race this opening round of the FIM championship in Abu Dhabi before heading to Morocco for the Merzouga Rally two weeks later. A break over the summer then leads into the three South American rounds of the FIM championship held in Peru, Chile and Argentina. Many of these events share similar terrain to […]

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ELATION AS DE VILLIERS/HOWIE WIN OPENING ROUND OF 2018 SACCS FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA

 Toyota Gazoo Racing SA started the 2018 South African Cross-Country Series (SACCS) started with resounding victory in Round 1 of the six-round championship, winning the inaugural Mpumalanga 400 thanks to a superb drive from defending champion Giniel de Villiers and co-driver Robert Howie. The pair finished the short qualifying race in second place on the […]

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VAN PLETZEN/PIETERSE OFF TO FLYING START IN SPECIAL VEHICLE CHAMPIONSHIP

Stefan van Pletzen and Jaco Pieterse completed the perfect weekend when they won the Special Vehicle category on the opening round of this year’s South African Cross Country Series (SACCS), the Mpumalanga 400. The Live Lesotho Chenowth crew won Friday’s qualifying race to determine grid positions and continued their good form in the race. The […]

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NORMAL SERVICE RESUMES AS DE VILLIERS/HOWIE WIN MPUMALANGA 400

Normal service was resumed today when Dakar Rally heroes Giniel de Villiers and Rob Howie, in a Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Hilux, won the Mpumalanga 400 to give the team a flying start to the new South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) season. The Toyota Gazoo Racing SA squad has dominated the series in recent […]

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The Mint 400: Bryce Menzies squeaks out overall victory at The Mint 400 Race

The 6 PM sunset meant that there were many teams that spent more than half the race with their lights on trying to beat the 11-hour time limit for the race, and even the winners finished in the dark. As the sun dropped below the horizon the rain began to fall, limiting dust but creating […]

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NISSAN POWERS ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE FOR 15TH YEAR

One of the longest running partnerships in Middle East motor sport has entered its 15th year with the approach of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Powered by Nissan, which turns the focus of the cross country rallying world on the UAE capital again later this month. Title sponsors Nissan Middle East have joined forces again […]

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Desert Storm Rally to witness the only female rider in foreign bikes category

India’s pioneer in women’s motorsport, Sarah Kashyap is all set to fuel the adrenaline rush in the much awaited Desert Storm rally. She will be the only female rider in foreign bikes’ category and will be competing against the likes of CS Santosh, R Nataraj, Joan Pedrero Garcia amongst others. Reviving the energy, excitement, and […]

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GINIEL DE VILLIERS AND ROB HOWIE EARLY SEASON FAVOURITES

A beefed-up FIA Class, a Toyota versus Ford battle in Class T and some old and new faces characterise the Production Vehicle category at the Mpumalanga 400 in Dullstroom, the first round of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS), on March 16 and 17. But some things don’t change, and the combination to beat […]

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Ford and Neil Woolridge Motorsport Eager to Commence Challenge for 2018 SA Cross Country Series

  As one of the leading contenders in the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS), the Ford Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) team is champing at the bit to get the dust flying for the 2018 season. Having come desperately close to winning the Class T titles over the past two years – and finishing runner-up […]

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STAGE SET FOR DRAMATIC WORLD CUP ACTION IN DUBAI INTERNATIONAL BAJA

  The rolling dunes and plains of Al Qudra desert provide a dramatic stage this weekend when the Dubai International Baja powered by Nissan and AW Rostamani delivers another exhilarating chapter of World Cup cross country rallying at its best. Taking place under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, […]

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Young Guns go the premium route for their 2018 Cross Country campaign

The ATS motorsport Young Guns have changed allegiance in the South African Cross Country Series and will henceforth race with a blue and white roundel on the bonnet, rather than a blue and white oval…In addition, the duo will make a leap from class S to class T – which will see them go toe […]

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ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR MPUMALANGA 400 IN DULLSTROOM

Cross Country motor racing will temporarily replace fly-fishing as the preferred sport when Dullstroom hosts the Mpumalanga 400, the opening round of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS), on March 16 and 17. Fly-fishing ties with quaint names – Woolly Bugger, Parachute Adams and Elk Hair Caddis – will make way for names like […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA PREPARED FOR 2018 MOTORSPORT SEASON

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA to campaign IMA Toyota Hilux in Class FIA of the South African Cross-Country Series Giniel de Villiers partners with experienced navigator Rob Howie for 2018 Henk Lategan joins Toyota Gazoo Racing SA as cross-country driver Dennis Murphy to partner Lategan for 2018 Johan and Werner Horn to defend their crown in […]