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AL-ATTIYAH, SUNDERLAND AND SONIK CLINCH VICTORIES AT THE QATAR CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY

  Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah , Dubai-based Sam Sunderland and Poland’s Rafal Sonik claimed outright victories in the car, motorcycle and quad categories after a gruelling five-day Qatar Cross-Country Rally drew to its conclusion at Losail on Saturday. Al-Attiyah and French navigator Matthieu Baumel began the final day with a lead of 5min 58sec over South Africa’s Leeroy […]

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POULTER/VON ZITZEWITZ MOVES UP INTO SECOND PLACE IN 2017 QATAR CROSS COUNTRY RALLY

Another strong performance on today’s stage, the third of this year’s Qatar Cross Country Rally, saw Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Leeroy Poulter and Dirk von Zitzewitz (Toyota Hilux) move up the leaderboard into second place in the overall standings. They now trail rally leader Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel (Toyota Hilux) by just 3:23.7, […]

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OUTRIGHT LEADS FOR AL-ATTIYAH, SUNDERLAND AND SONIK AFTER DAY THREE OF QATAR CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY

  LOSAIL (Qatar): Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah, Austria’s Matthias Walkner and Poland’s Rafal Sonik claimed victories in the third stage of the Qatar Cross-Country Rally, but Al-Attiyah, Dubai-based Briton Sam Sunderland and Sonik held the overall advantages in the car, motorcycle and quad categories after a windy day’s action in the Qatar deserts. The day’s […]

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OVERDRIVE RACING AIMS TO RETURN TO WINNING WAYS WITH FOUR TOYOTAS SET FOR QATAR CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY

Overdrive Racing will be hoping to get back to winning ways at this week’s Qatar Cross-Country Rally, after the team’s record of seven successive FIA World Cup rally victories ground to a halt with Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah’s last stage accident at the recent Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.   The Belgian team is running three Toyota […]

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QATAR CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY FIRES INTO LIFE AT LOSAIL ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON

 The Qatar Cross-Country Rally gets underway with a 4.85km super special stage at the Losail motocross facility within the confines of the race circuit on Tuesday afternoon. Ahead of a quality field of 32 cars, 13 motorcycles and seven quads lies a daunting route of nearly 2,000 kilometres that will take competitors to the outermost reaches […]

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BATTLE FOR TWO-WHEEL SUPREMACY IN FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HEADS TO DESERTS OF QATAR

The fascinating battle to decide the winner of this year’s FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship heads to the deserts of Qatar next week, when the world’s leading desert riders will go head-to-head at the Qatar Cross-Country Rally. Dakar champion Sam Sunderland leads the five-round series after his tactical victory at last week’s Abu Dhabi Desert […]

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AL-QASSIMI, SUNDERLAND AND AL-MUSALLAM CLAIM VICTORIES AFTER PUNISHING ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

Abu Dhabi Racing’s Sheikh Khalid Al-Qassimi, Dubai-based Briton Sam Sunderland and Kuwait’s Fahad Al-Musallam secured overall victories after the final dramatic Abu Dhabi Aviation-sponsored stage of 219.76km at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge on Thursday. Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah appeared to be cruising to victory in the cars until he rolled his Overdrive Racing Toyota […]

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FIRST SACC MOTO WINNERS EMERGED AFTER TOUGH CROSS-COUNTRY RACE AT LICHTENBURG

The Lichtenburg 400, the opening round of the 2017 South African Cross Country Championship for motorcycles and quads (SACC Moto) that took place on Friday, 31 March, was a long and tough day for competitors and if the results are anything to go by, some exciting racing and serious battles can be expected for the […]

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POSITIVE ATTITUDE HELPS HORN BROTHERS TO VICTORY AT LICHTENBURG 400

Maintaining a positive outlook can even influence the outcome of cross country motor races – just ask Johan and Werner Horn who scored a come from behind win in Class T in the Production Vehicle category at the Lichtenburg 400 on 31 March and 1 April. It added to their home town win on the […]

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Two Ford NWM Puma Lubricants Rangers in Top Three at Lichtenburg 400 Cross Country Race

The Ford Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) Puma Lubricants team got its SA Cross Country Series (SACCS) campaign off to a solid start at the Lichtenburg 400, the opening round of the 2017 season this weekend in the North West province. In extremely dusty and rocky conditions that covered a total race distance of over 400km […]

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SUCCESSFUL OPENING ROUND FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA, AS THE 2017 SACCS GETS UNDER WAY IN LICHTENBURG

Round 1 of the 2017 South African Cross-Country Series (SACCS) took place in the Northwest town of Lichtenburg this weekend, and it was a case of picking up where they left off for Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie (#300). The pair missed the closing rounds of the 2016 season as Poulter had to undergo surgery, […]

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Are you ready for another season of Cross-Country Rally action?

The wheels of elite level offroad rallying never stop turning. Following an epic Dakar Rally at the start of the year we’re now already knee-deep into another cross-country season. The next stop on the calendar is the 2017 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, a gruelling six-day race across the dunes that is sure to take no […]

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LEEKE AND KOHNE TO SEE THE OFF-ROAD LIGHT IN LICHTENBURG

It is going to be a very busy year for the ATS Racing crew of Richard Leeke (driver) and Henry Kohne (navigator) and it has been confirmed that they will contest the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) – which kicks off with the Lichtenberg 400 on Friday March 31. The pair, fresh from a […]

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4 days, 800 miles of sand: Ricky Brabec tames the Sonora Rally

Motorcycle rider wins every stage of multiday Mexican rally race We first saw the endless rolling sand dunes of the Sonoran Desert in Mexico almost 25 years ago. We had been on a sort of four-wheeling, camping and occasionally drinking expedition around the Sea of Cortez with the great four-wheeler Rick Russell of Sidekick Off Road. In […]

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Defending champion Al Attiyah eyes another Abu Dhabi win

efending champion Nasser Al Attiyah considers himself a strong favourite to win the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge but remains wary of the threat posed by his rivals.The 46-year-old Qatari has happy memories of the UAE capital having stood top of the podium in the cars category in 2008 and last year.The former Dakar Rally champion […]

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EIGHT-TIME CHAMPION HUTCHISON BACK WITH TWO CAR TEAMS

The sign will read under “new management” but the positive spin is that eight-time South African champion, Evan Hutchison, will be back in harness in the 2017 Cross Country Championship at the Lichtenburg 400, the first round of the recently rebranded South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) Auto championship, on March 31. Hutchison was left […]

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NEW TEAMS AND CREW COMBINATIONS ADD SPICE TO LICHTENBURG 400

Dramatic opening to South African Cross Country Championship is on the cards New teams and driver/co-driver combinations, old and new faces and the hype that goes with the start of a new season will all be grist to the mill at the Lichtenburg 400, the opening round of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) […]

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DUBAI’S DAKAR CHAMPION SAM SUNDERLAND AIMS FOR MAIDEN WIN IN ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

Less than two and a half months ago, Dubai-based Briton Sam Sunderland delivered one of the greatest performances ever seen by an English rider to win the gruelling Dakar Rally at only his third attempt. The KTM rider had recovered from a serious injury sustained in Morocco – that forced him to miss the event […]

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TWO-PRONGED GLOBAL APRIL CROSS-COUNTRY RALLYING CHALLENGE FOR SOUTH RACING

   South Racing gets its hectic programme of cross-country rallying underway with two events on opposite sides of the world at the start of April. The German-based team will field a Ford Ranger and a Nissan Navara at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, round three of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, on April […]

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WORLD’S LEADING DRIVERS AND RIDERS ARRIVE TO PREPARE FOR ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE

The world’s leading drivers and riders are beginning to arrive in the United Arab Emirates ahead of next week’s Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. The third round of the 2017 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies and the opening round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship kicks off with a super special stage at the […]

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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 […]