MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

LEEROY POULTER PUTS RACING CAREER ON HOLD

 Defending South African National Rally and Cross-Country champion, Leeroy Poulter, has decided to step away from motorsport for the remainder of the 2017 season. The talented motor sportsman made the decision to fully recover from the brain surgery he underwent in 2016, to remove an anomalous growth. While the surgery itself was a great success, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

BRANCH IS OVERALL MOTORCYCLE CHAMPION WITH ONE MORE BATTLE TO GO 

The results for the Harrismith 400, the penultimate round of the SA Cross Country Championship for Motorcycles and Quads that took place on 28 July, and the updated championship standings show that although a few titles have been secured, many championship titles will only be decided at the sixth and final event of the 2017 […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

HUSQVARNA’S HARDING STARS

Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Motorcycles South Africa Off Road duo, Brett Swanepoel and Henco Botha did the team proud with a pair of great performances in the Harding Liquorland SA National Championship Enduro over the weekend, while Husqvarna-supported 125 High School rider Matt Green also delivered another brilliant result. Swanepoel had a great race to end […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

OVERDRIVE RACING’S AL-ATTIYAH CRUISES TO COMFORTABLE FOURTH VICTORY IN HUNGARIAN BAJA

  Overdrive Racing’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah moved one step closer to a third successive FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies title with a convincing start-to-finish victory in the Veszprém-based Hungarian Baja, round eight of the series. The Qatari and French co-driver Matthieu Baumel clinched victory on the Prologue stage on Friday evening and that paved […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

South Racing CE on the HunGarian Baja to test for the Dakar rally.

After missing Baja Aragon due to a foot injury, co-driver David Kripal returns to racing at Hungarian Baja, 8th round of the FIA World Cup and 4th round of the Hungarian Championship, to partner Tomas Ourednicek in South Racing Central Europe’s Ford Ranger Dakar. Hungarian Baja will be a crucially important step of South Racing […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Third round of the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship will be the Atacama desert!

This week, Husqvarna, KTM, Honda and Yamaha packed their bags and headed for Chile and the town of Copiapó where the administrative and technical verifications for the Atacama Rally will be taking place on 12 August, followed by the prologue on 13 August and the first Special on 14. Copiapó is a mining town right […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Hungarian Baja a first for Rautenbach in a Mini X-Raid

Munich. Cross-country race fans will be watching all the action of the Hungarian Baja 2017 very closely as the international gathering of drivers and teams commence preparations for Dakar Rally 2018. For MINI and motorsport partner X-raid, the Hungarian Baja race is yet another chance to hone and further develop the established and highly regarded […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

CLOSE CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLES GIVE PRODUCTION VEHICLE CATEGORY NEW SLANT ON SUN CITY 400

With two events still to be run championship positions in the Production Vehicle category of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) have taken on an interesting look. The Toyota Gazoo Racing SA pair of South African champions Leeroy Poulter/Rob Howie and Giniel de Villiers/Dennis Murphy still dominate the overall championship, but there has been […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

SOUTH AFRICAN CROSS COUNTRY SERIES HEADS FOR EXCITING CLIMAX

With three close championships the Special Vehicle category in the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS), the two remaining events on the calendar are scheduled for an explosive climax. Consider the following: the overall standings see three drivers separated by 14 points, three teams in the Class A championship are separated by 10 points and […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

QATAR’S AL-ATTIYAH AND POLAND’S DOMZALA FLY THE OVERDRIVE RACING AND TOYOTA FLAGS IN HUNGARIAN BAJA

Qatar’s defending FIA World Cup champion Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Poland’s talented young driver Aron Domzala will represent Overdrive Racing in this weekend’s Veszprém-based Hungarian Baja, round eight of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. Al-Attiyah arrives in Central Europe with a commanding lead in this year’s championship after claiming victories in Dubai, Qatar, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

HUSQVARNA HOME FIRES

Husqvarna South Africa’s Pepson Plastics Off Road Team heads to Harding on the Kwa-Zulu Natal South Coast for the fifth round of the  MSA Liquorland South African National Enduro Championships with both of its riders looking for top results in what is effectively their home race this weekend. Henco Botha Henco Botha from Matatiele, which […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

PASTRANA JOINS POLARIS RZR STAR CAR LINEUP FOR VEGAS-RINO RACE

Travis Pastrana will compete in the Vegas to Reno off-road race, the longest of its type in America, as part of the Polaris RZR Star Car scheme. The four time Rally America champion will compete in the 550 mile event in just over two weeks time, the third of four guest drivers to compete for […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

BRETT TAMES ROMANIACS

South African Husqvarna rider Brett Swanepoel rode home a fine seventh following what can only be termed as the hardest enduro on earth at the Red Bull Romaniacs in Sibiu, Romania on Saturday. Pepson Plastics Husqvarna man Swanepoel started cautiously, riding home a handy 12th on Wednesday’s first day but he then blasted into the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Class act for Ford NWM Rangers on fast and furious Harrismith 400

 The Ford Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) Puma Lubricants team had plenty reason to celebrate at the end of this weekend’s Harrismith 400, round four of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS). Gareth Woolridge and Boyd Dreyer scored their first-ever victory in Class T, after a faultless performance throughout the two days and 448km of racing. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

HUTCHISON/STASSEN REGAIN LEAD IN SPECIAL VEHICLE CHAMPIONSHIP

Harrismith, Saturday – Reigning champions Evan Hutchison and Danie Stassen regained the lead in the Special Vehicle championship race when they won the Harrismith 400, fourth round of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS), here today. However, it was touch and go whether or not Hutchison and Stassen, in the King Price Extreme BAT […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

DE VILLIERS/MURPHY SCORE SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON ON HARRISMITH 400

Former Dakar Rally winner Giniel de Villiers and Dennis Murphy took their second Production Vehicle category win of the season with victory on the Harrismith 400, fourth round of South African Cross Country Series (SACCS), here today. De Villiers and Murphy followed up their win on the Toyota 1000 Desert Race in June, with a […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

KTM Extreme riders ready to race at Red Bull Romaniacs 2017

KTM Enduro Factory Team riders Alfredo Gomez and Jonny Walker are ready and looking for success at the Red Bull Romaniacs Hard Enduro Rallye, which kicks off today in Sibiu, Romania. Known as one of the world’s toughest hard enduro events, ‘The Wild One’ as the organisers have named it for 2017 promises to be […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

ATS Motorsport Young Guns head to the Free State brimming with confidence

With a confidence-boosting overall win on the VW Rally still fresh in their memories, the ATS Motorsport Young Guns – Richard Leeke and Henry Köhne – head to the Free State and the Harrismith 400 with high hopes. They’ve parked a rather dusty and pock-marked Ford Fiesta and clambered into a near-pristine Ford Ranger, swopping […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

BIKES AND QUADS TO CONTINUE THEIR CROSS COUNTRY TITLE BATTLES AT HARRISMITH 400

Exciting racing action can be expected at the Harrismith 400, the penultimate round of the 2017 South African National Cross Country Series Championship for Motorcycles and Quads (SACCS Moto) that takes place on Friday, 28 July from the Eeram Farmers Complex at Harrismith in the Free State. The Harrismith 400 will form the fifth round […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Joan Barreda wins the Baja Aragon 2017

Monster Energy Honda Team rider Joan Barreda has secured his fourth victory in the Baja Aragon 2017 with team-mate Michael Metge making it onto the podium, repeating third place. The Baja Aragon 2017 concluded in Teruel with the victory of Joan Barreda and a podium place for Michael Metge. It is the fourth win in […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

 TIGHT CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SPECIAL VEHICLE CATEGORY ADD TO POTENTIAL DRAMA ON HARRISMITH 400

A new event on the calendar and close championships are ingredients for potential drama and the Special Vehicle category ticks both boxes when it comes to the Harrismith 400, round four of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS), on July 28 and 29. The Harrismith 400 makes its debut on the SACCS calendar and signals […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

 NEW EVENT ADDS SPARKLE TO SOUTH AFRICAN CROSS COUNTRY SERIES

With the season entering the home stretch with the Harrismith 400 on July 28 and 29, fourth round of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS), matters have gone pretty much as expected in the Production Vehicle category. The two Toyota Gazoo Racing SA entries in the FIA Class are top of the overall standings and […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

  SUPERB SECOND OVERALL FOR OVERDRIVE RACING AND KEEOPOWER’S CHRISTIAN LAVIEILLE AT SILK WAY RALLY

Overdrive Racing and the Keeopower Team guided three of their five cars to the finish of the gruelling Silk Way Rally that started in the Russian capital of Moscow on July 7th and finished in the historic Chinese city of Xi’an on July 22nd.   The French duo of Christian Lavieille and Jean-Pierre Garcin led […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

SOUTH RACING’S RICARDO PORÉM SEALS IMPRESSIVE TOP 10 FINISH AT GRUELLING BAJA ARAGÓN IN SPAIN

South Racing brought all four of its cars to the finish of the punishing three-day Baja Spain Aragón inside the top 20, with the Portuguese duo of Ricardo Porém and Hugo Magalhães leading the way in 10th position in their Ford Ranger. The event was the seventh round of this year’s FIA World Cup for […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Peugeot and Kamaz bring the Silk Way Rally trophy home

The finish line of the 10,000km Trans-Eurasian odyssey has finally reached and the celebrations have begun for Team Peugeot Total and Team Kamaz Master. Both teams have risen to the challenges set by their rivals and the harsh terrains of Russia, Kazakhstan and China to emerge victorious at the 2017 Silk Way Rally. There were […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

SOUTH RACING’S GUTIÉRREZ AND ZAPAG SEAL STUNNING 1-2 FINISH IN PARAGUAY’S DESAFIO GUARANI

   South Racing rounded off another hectic and impressive weekend’s cross-country rallying activities by sealing a stunning 1-2 finish in Paraguay’s Desafio Guarani, the second round of the prestigious CODESUR Championship, in South America. Bolivian driver Rodrigo Gutiérrez teamed up with Croatian navigator Tomislav Glavic to claim victory in their Toyosa-backed Toyota Hilux and the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Stephane Peterhansel, Jean Paul Cottret win penultimate stage of the Silk Way Rally

The 10th stage victory for Peugeot from the 13 competitive days run so far. Their Peugeot DKR #106 also climbs up to fifth position overall after a complex stage 13, containing big dunes and several twists of fate for many of the competitors. Cyril Despres/David Castera were second on the stage, just under two minutes […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

BRETT ATTACKS ROMANIACS

Hot off earning the honour of finishing the Erzberg Enduro a few weeks back, Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Motorcycles South Africa Off Road Team rider Brett Swanepoel is off to Romania for the other ultimate extreme enduro, when he tackles the Red Bull Romaniacs July 27-31. Billed as the Wild One by its organizers, the 2017 […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Cyril Despres,David Castera keep fighting to maintain 45-minute Silk Way rally lead

With just two days to go, Cyril Despres/David Castera keep fighting to maintain their healthy 45-minute overall lead over their closest pursuers on the Silk Way Rally, with teammates Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret watching their backs carefully. The leading duo aboard the Peugeot DKR #100 had a scare on today’s 12th stage, when they got stuck […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Class T title battle heats up for SA Cross Country Championship at Harrismith 400

Harrismith, in the eastern Free State, is renowned for being icy cold in the middle of winter, but it will be the scene of a heated battle between the top Class T contenders when the SA Cross Country Series (SACCS) descends on the small farming town on 28 and 29 July. As the fourth round […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Monster Energy Honda Team Returns To Action At The Baja Aragon

The Baja Aragón – one of Europe’s legendary offroad races – kicks off this week with the Monster Energy Honda Team poised to enter the fray. Incumbent champion Joan Barreda lines up alongside French team-mate Michael Metge, third in last year’s edition. Monster Energy Honda Team return once again to the action. After taking part […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

MINI Motorsport Silk Way Rally Leg 10 Review: Hami – Dunhuang

Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA) and co-driver Tom Colsoul (BEL) enjoyed an excellent day in the #101 MINI John Cooper Works Rally yesterday, completing stage 10 of the 2017 Silk Way Rally in second place. The competitors tackled 517.53km of fast, technical tracks today, with Al Rajhi and Colsoul finishing the special distance of 360.28km in […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

  AL-ATTIYAH, ROMA, POULTER AND DOMZALA REPRESENT POWERFUL OVERDRIVE AND TOYOTA CHALLENGE IN SPAIN

 Overdrive Racing’s and Toyota GAZOO Racing South Africa’s decision to miss the ongoing Silk Way Rally has enabled the two teams to join forces to mount a powerful challenge for honours in this weekend’s Baja Spain Aragón, round seven of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies.   The team has entered four Toyota Hiluxes […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

NEW LOOK HUSQVARNA MX ATTACK

A new-look Husqvarna Motorcycles South Africa Motocross Team heads to KwaZulu Natal for Pietermaritzburg’s fifth round of the South African Motocross Championship this 22 July weekend, with Richie van der Westhuizen now leading the team and Caleb Tenant drafted in as substitute to the injured Maddy Malan. Van der Westhuizen moves onto the team’s leading […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

    LOEB OUT OF THE SILK WAY RALLY – EARLY END TO A VERY IMPRESSIVE DEBUT FOR THE PEUGEOT DKR MAXI

    Sébastien Loeb has been forced to retire from the Silk Way Rally after crashing the Peugeot DKR Maxi out of the lead on the ninth stage.        • Sébastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena crashed at kilometre 82 when they hit a drain just to the right of a river bed, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

SOUTH RACING TO FIELD CARS FOR PONS, PORÉM, ALVAREZ, SCHRÖDER AND OUŘEDNĪČEK IN BAJA SPAIN ARAGÓN

South Racing faces a busy weekend in the baking heat and dust of a summer in central Spain, when it fields five cars in Baja Spain Aragón, round seven of this year’s FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. The event is based in the area around Teruel and takes place on July 21-23. Xevier Pons, […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD WORLD ENDURO

Peugeot and Kamaz gain control of 2017 Silk Way Rally

The brave convoy of competitors at the 2017 Silk Way Rally have finally reached the midpoint. More than 5,000km has been tackled between Moscow and Urumqi with action coming thick and fast on the route through Russia, Kazakhstan and China. Quick to assert himself in the car race was Sébastien Loeb of Team Peugeot Total. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

MINI John Cooper Works Rally wins Silk Way Rally Leg 7

American pairing Bryce Menzies and co-driver Peter Mortensen (MINI John Cooper Works Rally #105) drove a superb Leg 7 to take their first leg win in this year’s Silk Way Rally. The result is extra special for the two Americans because this is their first time competing within this prestigious cross-country rally event. The win […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Peterhansel quickest on Silk Way Rally stage 6

• Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret smash the fastest time on the 6th stage of Silk Way Rally. As they look to recover lost ground, they crossed the finish line with a comfortable 15-min cushion over teammates Sébastien Loeb / Daniel Elena. • The Peugeot DKR Maxi keep its overall lead despite another challenging day […]