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.
A Production Vehicle category dog fight is almost certain to develop on the Nissan Sugarbelt 400, round three of the Absa Off Road Championship, in the Eston area of KwaZulu-Natal on May 16 and 17.
Picking up points will be top of the agenda for Castrol Toyota teams on the Eastern Cape 500, round two of the Absa Off Road Championship, on April 18 and 19.
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.
Former South African champions Duncan Vos and Ralph Pitchford are on track to win the Production Vehicle category in this year’s Absa Off Road Championship.
Although the Toyota teams suffered some dissapointment on the recent Amathole 500, round five of the Absa Off Road Championship, Toyota Motorsport Manager Wamy Haddad is upbeat about a weekend that promised so much and produced so little.
Fish River Sun – Castrol Toyota factory pair Mark Cronje/Chris Birkin and Ford privateers Manfred Schroder/Ward Huxtable shared the Production Vehicle spoils today on the prologue for tomorrow’s Amathole 500.