Nissan Motorsport, six times winners of the popular KwaZulu Natal round of the Absa Off Road Championship that Nissan has sponsored for the past eight years, start this weekend’s (May 15 and 16) Nissan Sugarbelt 400 as firm favourites following their victories in the opening two rounds of the 2009 Absa Off Road Car Championship.
Despite being forced out of the season-opening Total Tour Natal Rally on Saturday, former production car champion Visser du Plessis showed in the 11 special stages he completed during the two-day event in KwaZulu Natal that he is again going to be a force to be reckoned with in this year’s Sasol SA Rally Championship.
Johnny Gemmell and his Zimbabwean co-driver Peter Marsh were the provisional winners of the season-opening TOTAL Tour Natal Rally in KwaZulu Natal on Saturday afternoon, giving the class S2000 Toyota Auris its first outright national championship rally victory.
The new national rally championship season got off to a great start in KwaZulu Natal on Friday and Saturday with a class win first time out in their new class A6 Team TOTAL Toyota RunX for multiple former champion s Rodney Visagie and Carolyn Swan.
Rallying sisters Lola and Megan Verlaque came through their baptism of fire in the top class of the Sasol SA Rally Championship season-opener in KwaZulu Natal on Saturday with flying colours, finishing a creditable 11th overall and seventh in class S2000.
Motorite Racing’s assault on the 2009 Sasol SA Rally Championship gets underway in KwaZulu Natal this weekend with the opening round, the TOTAL Tour Natal.
Nissan SA and two local motoring hacks will set out on Friday to prove the X-Trail 2,0-litre diesel’s prowess as a fuel-efficient compact SUV – in the hands of both the experienced driver and novice holidaymaker.
Defending special vehicle champions Evan Hutchison and Achim Bergmann (Motorite Racing BAT Spec 3) return to the scene of one of their four victories in their title-winning season last year when the Absa Off Road Car Championship returns to Polokwane in Limpopo for round six this weekend (September 12 and 13).
Defending champions in the special vehicle category Evan Hutchison and Achim Bergmann (BAT Spec 3) will lead the Motorite Racing “Team of Champions” in their quest for success in this weekend’s Toyota 1000 Desert Race in Botswana.
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