The Toyota 1000 Desert Race, of which the latest event was held in Gaborone this past weekend, is said to be one of the toughest stages of the Absa South African Off-road Championship. And no team would agree more with this than Castrol Toyota.
A third victory this season on the recent Toyota 1000 Desert Race in Botswana, saw reigning South African driver’s champion Duncan Vos and Ralph Pitchford strengthen their hold on the Production Vehicle title race in this year’s Absa Off Road Championship.
Toyota scored two more class wins in the Production Vehicle category and took the Manufacturers Award on the Eastern Cape 400, round two of the Absa Off Road Championship, in Jeffreys Bay over the weekend.
The chips are down in the Production Vehicle championship and there will be some white knuckles around at the Toyota Dealer 400, penultimate round of the Absa Off Road Championship, in Lydenburg on October 10 and 11.
Victory in the Production Vehicle category continued to elude Toyota on the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race, round four of the Absa Off Road Championship, in Botswana over the weekend.
Round two of the Absa Off-Road Championship for production cars, the Eastern Cape 500 which ended in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, produced a string of trials and tribulations for the Sasol Nissan Navara factory team.
Duncan Vos has won the overall drivers title and Nissan the manufacturer’s championship, but there is still plenty at stake at the Ford Carnival City 400, the final round of the Absa Off Road Championship, on November 30 and December 1.
There will be no rocket science tactics as Toyota teams mount a concerted challenge on the Toyota Dealer 400, the penultimate round of the Absa Off Road Championship, in Mpumalanga on November 2nd and 3rd.
With two races remaining on the Absa Off Road Championship calendar, Production Vehicle championships are delicately poised. The only certainty at this stage in terms of the overall and premier Super Production Class championships is that they will be won by Nissan works crews. Given the fact that Nissan have won six out of six races so far this season that is no surprise – but the ingredients are there for some unusual twists.
After two near misses the Castrol Toyota Hilux team will be hoping an elusive first win of the season will materialise on the Ford Motorite 400 in Limpopo on September 7 and 8.