Gauteng locals Christian du Plooy and Henk Janse van Vuuren achieved their maiden win in the Production Vehicle formula of the National off-road championship at fifth round of the season, the Sun City 400, over the weekend.
It was a good weekend for Toyota Motorsport as the outfit won in Mpumalanga at the Toyota Dealer 400 when Duncan Vos and Rob Howie eclipsed the competition and broke the decade-long drought that last saw the team take the spoils of victory at a home event at the Toyota Desert Race of 1999 – which was held in Botswana.
Toyota will go into this year’s Absa Off Road Championship, which opens with the Adenco 400 in the Western Cape on March 20 and 21, with high expectations.
Magaliesberg, Saturday – In what is thought to be the closest title fight in the history of off road racing in this country, Duncan Vos clinched his second successive South African Production Car championship here today on a count out from Sasol Nissan Navara team-mate Hannes Grobler.
Toyota clinched the prestige South African Manufacturer’s Championship at the RFS Magalies 400, the final event of the Absa Off Road Championship, which finished at the Tarlton International Raceway over the weekend.
Lydenburg, Saturday – Veteran former South African champion Hannes Grobler and Juan Mohr scored a hat-trick of wins this season and gave Nissan their sixth successive win on the Toyota Dealer 400.
It was tough going for Toyota crews on the Toyota Dealer 400, the penultimate round of the Absa Off Road Championship, in Mpumalanga over the weekend.
After seasons of near total domination in the Production Car category of the Absa Off Road Championship, the Sasol Nissan Navara team is coming under increasing pressure and will again be under the whip on the Limpopo 400, round six of the series, on September 12 and 13.
A fighting third overall for Hugo and Jaap de Bruyn and two class victories were the main ingredients of a mixed bag for Toyota on the Sun City 400, round five of the Absa Off Road Championship, over the weekend.
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.