Factory supported Team Castrol Toyota crews scored a clean sweep in recent South African national championship off-road, rally and circuit racing events.
Toyota, with support from Castrol, is the only South African manufacturer to compete in the Bankfin Off-Road Racing Championship, the South African Rally Championship and the South African Saloon Car Championship. Team Castrol Toyota crews have responded with a run of golden results that started with the Barberspan 500.
The Barberspan 500 was the opening round of the Bankfin Off-Road Championship with former South African champions Apie Reyneke and Robin Houghton, in the Team Castrol Toyota Land Cruiser, getting their season off to a perfect start. Apart from overall victory Reyneke and Houghton also won the premier Class T category.
Reyneke and Houghton were backed up by veteran former Springbok Kassie Coetzee and Ockie Fourie who finished seventh overall and won Class E in the Castrol Toyota Condor. It was a maiden win for the Castrol Toyota Condor that underwent a major rebuild during the off-season.
The Team Castrol Toyota off-road success was followed up when eight time South African drivers champion Serge Damseaux and Guy Hodgson won the Tre Cento Cape Rally in the Western Cape. The event was the second round of the national rally championship, with the Team Castrol Toyota RSi crew also winning the premier Class A8 category.
The Team Castrol Toyota clean sweep was completed when the South African Saloon Car championship moved to East London this weekend, for rounds five and six of the South African Saloon Car Championship. Factory drivers Charl Wilken and Mark Cronje, in Team Castrol Toyota Corolla RSi entries, each took a win and a second place in Class B.
Wilken and Cronje lead the Class B championship and are also well placed in the overall drivers championship. The East London race saw Toyota take the first five places in the opening heat, and five of the top six placings in the second heat.
Over the next three weekends the Team Castrol Toyota crews will be in action on all three fronts. Damseaux and Hodgson will be competing in the Total Rally of South Africa this weekend, Reyneke/Houghton and Coetzee/Fourie will compete in the Nissan Sugarbelt 400 on May 10 and 11 and Wilken and Cronje will be back in action at AA Kyalami on May 18.