Johnny Gemmell and Peter Marsh powered their Castrol Toyota Auris S2000 to stunning last stage win on the Sasol Rally which ended in Nelspruit on Saturday afternoon, heading a Castrol 1-3 and a Toyota whitewash of class wins on the third round of the Sasol SA Rally Championship.
The Sasol/Konica Minolta Rally Team has a very clear objective when the Total Tour Natal Rally gets underway in Durban on Friday, 13 March: to retain their hard-won Production Car Championship and to achieve that aim, have acquired the latest Prodrive N14 rally car.
With a total of 37 cars on the grid and many issues to be resolved, the final two rounds of this year’s South African Production Car Championship should provide fireworks at AA Kyalami next Saturday (November 22).
The Castrol Toyota Auris made its rally debut in class S2000 on the Osram Rally and stunned onlookers with its immediate rally-leading pace. The Castrol Toyota team dominated the 6th round of the Sasol SA Rally Championship until the final stage, when lady luck stepped in to thwart the Castrol squad.
The factory Castrol Toyota team will debut their long awaited class S2000 Castrol Toyota Auris on the Osram Rally, round 6 of the Sasol SA Rally Championship, heralding the start of a new era for the most successful marque in SA rally history.
The SASOL-backed Toyota RunXs that have been campaigning in class B of the 2008 Bridgestone SA Production Car Championship have been withdrawn with immediate effect.
Crumpled cars, frayed tempers, close racing and lap records typified rounds seven and eight of this year’s Bridgestone South African Production Car championship at Zwartkops on Saturday (May 24).
The SASOL-backed teams from Nissan and Toyota contesting the Bridgestone Production Car Championship scored four podium finishes between them in round four at Zwartkops Raceway west of Pretoria on Saturday.
Toyota Motorsport emerged from a bruising Sasol Rally, round three of the Sasol SA Rally Championship, with a raft of class wins and a fighting podium to keep Toyota ahead on the Manufacturer’s Championship leaderboard.
The Sasol-backed teams contesting this year’s Bridgestone Production Car Championship will be looking for improved results in this weekend’s (April 5) round two at Killarney in Cape Town after finding themselves slightly off the pace in the opening round at Kyalami three weeks ago.