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BOTSWANA DESERT REWARDED SACCS MOTO WINNERS WITH MORE TDR VICTORIES 

The Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race (TDR 1000) in Botswana is a gruelling and ruthless event, but it rewarded the winners in the fourth round of the SA Cross Country Championship for Motorcycles and Quads that took place over the last of three days of racing with another victory and lots of valuable points […]

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HUSQVARNA’S BRETT DOES IT AGAIN

Pepson Plastics Husqvarna factory rider Brett Swanepoel continued with his domination of the South African Cross Country Moto OR2 championship with another class win and a brilliant second overall on the weekend’s marathon Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race in Botswana. Swanepoel, who headed to Botswana fresh from his successful debut at the Erzberg Extreme […]

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CHRISTIAN LAVIEILLE AND ARMAND MONLEÓN WIN TAKLIMAKAN RALLY 2017

After ten stages designed in Xinjiang province in China, Taklimakan Rally 2017 finished today in Hami with the final victory of Christian Lavieille and Jean-Pierre Garcin in car category. Armand Monleón wins in motorcycle.  After a first entry in 2015 ended in a retirement due to mechanical problem, Christian Lavieille and Jean-Pierre Garcin with  a […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA PAIR DOMINATE TOYOTA KALAHARI BOTSWANA 1000 DESERT RACE

It was no surprise to see the pair of Toyota Gazoo Racing SA entries topping the results in the Production Vehicle category when the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race, round three of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS), ended here Sunday. In the final classification former Dakar Rally winner Giniel de Villiers and Dennis […]

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HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM TAKE A MEMORABLE VICTORY ON TOYOTA KALAHARI BOTSWANA 1000 DESERT RACE

If you are going to win the trick is make it a victory that everyone will remember.And that is exactly what Marius and Jolinda Fourie did when they ended up topping the Special Vehicle overall leader board when the finishing touches were put to the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert race, third round of the […]

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Jeep Festival’s “Babes of Bantam” Will Teach Women How To Drive Off-Road

It’s no secret that the automotive world is fairly male-dominated, and that’s certainly true when it comes to the rough-and-tumble culture of off-roading.That’s not to say there aren’t any women who can hold their own in the dirt, but the gender balance at your average off-road park is probably pretty out of whack. That’s why […]

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  TOUGH RACE IN THE BOTSWANA DESERT AWAITS NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY BIKE AND QUAD COMPETITORS

There are lots of points up for grabs at the upcoming Toyota 1000 Desert Race (TDR), the third and fourth rounds of the South African Cross Country Championship for Motorcycles and Quads (SACC Moto) that takes place on 23, 24 and 25 June in Botswana, but it will not be easy as a total of […]

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BRETT TAMES ERZBERG

  Husqvarna’s Swanepoel finishes on debut Only 25 riders finished the Erzberg Enduro on Sunday — the Austrian event is universally known as the toughest of all hard enduros. One of those finishers was Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Motorcycles South Africa rider, Brett Swanepoel, who ended up 19th at his first attempt at the event known […]

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Kuba Przygonski celebrates first win as MINI ALL4 Racing driver

After his switch from two to four wheels for the 2016 Dakar Rally, the young Pole now celebrated his first win in the Car cetegoryTogether with his Belgian navigator, Tom Colsoul, he won the sixth round on the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup calendar, the Italian Baja. With this success he worked his way […]

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Richard Leeke hands over Desert Race duties – to Richard Leeke

  When Richard Leeke III rolls down the start ramp of the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1 000 Desert Race, the third round of the South African Cross Country Series, on Friday June 23, he’ll be following in some very large footsteps: his father’s. Richard Leeke II has a record nine overall “Desert Race” (in its various iterations) […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA READY TO DO BATTLE ON 2017 TOYOTA KALAHARI BOTSWANA 1000 DESERT RACE

For fans of cross country racing, the last weekend in June means only one thing: The Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race, or The Desert for short. But while fans certainly have a lot to look forward too, The Desert is traditionally a pivotal race in the season, thanks mainly to the double points on […]

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A WINDFALL WAITS FOR SPECIAL VEHICLE CREWS ON TOYOTA KALAHARI BOTSWANA 1000 DESERT RACE

Championship hopefuls in the Special Vehicle category will be eyeing the 60 points up for grabs over the two heats with greedy eyes on the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race, round three of the South African Cross Country Series championship (SACCS), from June 23 to 25.   With the season reaching the halfway stage […]

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TOYOTA KALAHARI BOTSWANA 1000 DESERT RACE A SERIES GAME CHANGER

With 60 points up for grabs over two heats the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race, round three of the South African Cross Country Series from June 23 to 25, has the potential to be a game changer where championships in the Production Vehicle category are concerned. Championship hopefuls will be fully aware of the […]

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TOYOTA LEADS THE WAY ON TOYOTA KALAHARI BOTSWANA 1000 DESERT RACE

 Toyota crews have notched up more victories than any other manufacturer on the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race, round three of this year’s South African Cross Country Series Auto championship, in Jwaneng from June 23 to 25. Toyota’s successes on the only marathon event on the SACCS calendar can, however, be split into two […]

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Redline Motorsport tackles Taklimakan Rally in China

 The competitors of Taklimakan Rally 2017 started yesterday at Tacheng in Xinjiang Province, in the far West of China. The competition promises to be of high level as well as very exciting because of the high number of pretenders to a final victory, especially in  the car category. Redline Motorsport  Among the foreig competitors are […]

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OVERDRIVE RACING TO FIELD TOYOYA HILUXES FOR DOMZALA, KACZMARSKI, CHABOT AND MUNK IN ITALIAN BAJA

Overdrive Racing will run four Toyota Hiluxes in this weekend’s Italian Baja, round six of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, in northern Italy. Aron Domzala teamed up with Maciej Marton to finish third in Kazakhstan last month and the Pole returns to European action with Szymon Gospodarczyk on this occasion to head the […]

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Andy McMillin Conquers SCORE Baja 500

 ENSENADA, Mexico – Adding to the McMillin family legacy, third-generation desert racer Andy McMillin drove to the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck class victory Saturday at the 49th SCORE Baja 500. Defeating a field of 233 starters including 33 in the marquee racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks, McMillin drove to victory over a tremendously tough […]

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TOYOTA KALAHARI BOTSWANA 1000 DESERT RACE COMPETITORS FACE FRESH CHALLENGES OVER TESTING ROUTE

With 80 percent of this year’s route virgin territory competitors on the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race from June 23 to 25 will face additional challenges on an event that annually brings Botswana to a standstill. Leeroy Poulter  The biggest sporting and social event in Botswana is round three of the South African Cross […]

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Rock Bouncer Racing Is the Most Out-of-Control Motorsport You’ll Ever See

In this off-road racing series, a rollover is just the beginning of your problems. They move around like they’re drunk.Watching these outrageous 4×4 buggies roar around is more than a little frightening. Most off-roading is a low-speed affair, all about the exacting application of power to overcome an obstacle without breaking traction. Clearly, that’s not […]

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SOUTH RACING UNVEILS CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 X RS VEHICLE PROJECT FOR DAKAR RALLY AND FIA SxS CATEGORY

South Racing is delighted to announce that it will develop, market and run specialised Can-Am Maverick X3 vehicles in the new SxS category at the world-famous Dakar Rally. The German-based car preparations company, which runs an impressive list of drivers in various off-road racing programmes around the world, is developing a kit for the Can-Am Maverick […]

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QATAR’S AL-ATTIYAH SNATCHES FIA WORLD CUP LEAD WITH VICTORY IN THRILLING RALLY KAZAKHSTAN

Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and French co-driver Matthieu Baumel emerged unscathed from Friday’s 147.94km sixth stage of Rally Kazakhstan to secure overall victory by the margin of 7min 43sec and the outright lead in the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. After moving into the lead on day two of the 2,500km event across south-west […]

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Al-Attiyah extends his lead over Przygonski in Rally Kazakhstan

Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah claimed his first stage victory in Rally Kazakhstan and extended his overall lead, after the fourth selective section of 274.17km across some of the remotest desert terrain in the Mangystau oblast, on Wednesday. Nasser Al-Attiyah Al-Attiyah and French co-driver Matthieu Baumel, crewing an Overdrive Racing Toyota Hilux, began the day second […]

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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 […]