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.
Former champion Duncan Vos and Rob Howie led home team mates Anthony Taylor and Chris Birkin to give the factory team a convincing one/two victory in round three of the Absa Offroad 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.
Reigning champions Duncan Vos and Ralph Pitchford showed their class with a come-from-behind win in their Donaldson Nissan Navara in the Eastern Cape 400, round two of the Absa SA Off Road Championship, which finished in Jeffreys Bay on Saturday afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.