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King Shocks’ Harley Letner Wins the 2017 Method Race Wheels Laughlin

#1570 Harley Letner of Youtheory Racing took the overall win this weekend at the 2017 Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic presented by Canidae Tap It.  Letner finished over four minutes ahead of second place overall finisher and King Shocks teammate, Jason Voss.  King Shocks took eight of the top ten overall finishes and the […]

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SAUDI ARABIA’S YASIR SAEIDAN HAS SUPERB CHANCE TO SNATCH MASSIVE LEAD IN FIA T2 SERIES AT RALLY KAZAKHSTAN

Yasir Saeidan fell short of winning the FIA T2 World Championship in 2016, but the Saudi Arabian driver arrives on the shores of the Caspian Sea to take part in the inaugural Rally Kazakhstan with a commanding 49-point championship lead. The event gets underway from Aktau City on Sunday (May 21). The Toyota Land Cruiser […]

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Off-Roaders prepare for the Silkway Rally

The epic challenge of the 2017 Silk Way Rally is now in sharp focus following the announcement of the official route. With nearly 10,000km split over 14 gruelling stages on a course stretching through Russia, Kazakhstan and China only the best in the business need apply for this one. At yesterday’s Silk Way Rally route […]

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BRANCH (BIKES) AND SAAIJMAN (QUADS) TAKE OVERALL LAURELS AT BATTLEFIELDS 400

The defending OR1 (Open Class) motorcycle champion, Ross Branch (Brother Leader Tread KTM) and current Open Quad champion, Hannes Saaijman (Q-Kon EMD Basefit Racing VLS) were the respective overall winners of the Battlefields 400, the second round of the SA Cross Country Moto Championship that took place on Friday (12 May) outside Dundee in an […]

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ATS Motorsport Young Guns win Class S in Battlefields 400

South African Cross Country Series rookies, Richard Leeke and Henry Konhë, have notched up a category win in only their second event. The ATS Motorsport duo drove their Class S Ford Ranger double cab to victory in the Battlefields 400, second round of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCC), which ended in Dundee on May […]

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Mike Shatynski’s take on: “Veterans take on Mexican 1000”

Two Veteran non-profits from Southern California, Warfighter Made and Racing4Vets, teamed together for the 50th anniversary running of the Mexican 1000. The all-Veteran team of racers in vintage military vehicles numbered “1” and “22” finished 68th and 135th, respectively. Martha Tansy joined the “Vets” who were among the  266 entries at the start of the […]

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Husqvarna star Swanepoel wins again

Pepson Plastics Husqvarna rider Brett Swanepoel tightened his stranglehold of the South African Cross Country Moto OR2 class championship with a second win on the trot at a cold and wet Battlefields 450 In Dundee KwaZulu Natal over the weekend. Swanepoel took a comfortable class win in Friday’s prologue, where he ended up third overall, […]

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Ford NWM Puma Lubricants team victorious on treacherous Battlefields 400 Cross Country race

The Ford Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) Puma Lubricants team scored a resounding victory today at the Battlefields 400, the second round of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS). Treacherous conditions faced the competitors when the action got underway on Friday for the short 46km qualifying loop, with heavy runs in the Dundee area resulting […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA RECORDS ANOTHER ONE-TWO FINISH ON FREEZING BATTLEFIELDS 400

The first cold front of winter 2017 did nothing to dampen the spirits of the Toyota Gazoo Racing SA team, despite temperatures plummeting, the heavens opening, and Giniel de Villiers and Dennis Murphy rolling their Toyota Hilux, , during the qualifying race of the Battlefields 400. As round 2 of the 2017 South African Cross […]

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QATAR’S DEFENDING FIA WORLD CUP CHAMPION AL-ATTIYAH LEADS QUALITY ENTRY INTO RALLY KAZAKHSTAN

Officials at the Automotorsport Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan have announced a quality field of 25 of the world’s leading drivers for the Central Asian country’s inaugural round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies on May 20-27.Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah, the two-time winner of the Dakar Rally and the defending FIA World Cup […]

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BATTLEFIELDS 400 AT DUNDEE THE NEXT TEST FOR NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY RIDERS

Dundee in KwaZulu-Natal will be the play-ground for round two of the SA Cross Country Moto Series when the Battlefields 400 will test national motorcycle and quad riders on Friday, 12th May. Last year, this was quite a challenging event and riders who have upped their fitness levels and who can keep their battle gear […]

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Laughlin Desert Classic

The Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic presented by Canidae Tap It is by far one of the funnest races of the year. It’s a different format, easy to spectate, and has two days of racing for all classes, making the fun to work ratio tilt all the way to the fun side. It’s the […]

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Young Guns ready to do battle

The ATS Motorsport Young Guns, Richard Leeke and Henry Kohne, will take to the cross-country battlefield again on May 12 and 13 when they line up for the Battlefields 400, the second round of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS). Based around Dundee in the heartland of KZN, they’re confident that they’ll have a […]

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ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA ON BATTLEFIELDS 400

The second round of the 2017 South African Cross Country Series is scheduled for May 12 and 13, and Toyota Gazoo Racing SA is geared up and ready to face the challenge of the Battlefields 400. The race will be run in the area around Dundee in Kwazulu-Natal, and promises some tight racing as Class […]

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Husqvarna at the double

Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Motorcycles Off Road Team heads into a busy couple of weeks with an appointment at the Dundee SA Cross Country Moto round in KwaZulu Natal this coming weekend 12-13 May, while the Enduro team will be out in force at the Western Cape National in Robertson a week later. Husqvarna hotshot Brett […]

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Battle Lines Drawn for Cross Country Race in Dundee

The Ford Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) Puma Lubricants team is ready and eager to continue its campaign in the exciting South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) when the second round of the championship gets underway at the Battlefields 400 on 12 and 13 May. Based in the historic Dundee area in KwaZulu-Natal, it will be […]

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STRONG RED-LINED MOTORSPORT CHALLENGE ON BATTLEFIELDS 400

The Red-Lined Motorsport team will be out in force on the Battlefields 400, round two of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS), in KwaZulu-Natal on May 12 and 13. The team will be fielding three new Nissan Navaras built under the guidance of Graeme Thornton at the Red-Lined Motorsport workshop in the Kyalami Business Park. […]

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RALLY KAZAKHSTAN TAKES FIA WORLD CUP CENTRE STAGE AFTER A MONTH OF MIDDLE EAST COMPETITION

        Leading FIA World Cup teams begin logistical preparations to tackle event for first time   AKTAU CITY (KAZAKHSTAN): After three consecutive rounds of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies in the Gulf region of the Middle East, attention in the world’s premier cross-country rallying series now switches to Rally Kazakhstan, the […]

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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 […]