The Damseaux and Toyota partnership, synonymous for winning 74 national rallies and ten championships with Serge behind the wheel, took a new turn this weekend when Jean-Pierre Damseaux and co-driver Cobus Vrey extended the winning partnership with an aggressive, well controlled career first win.
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.
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.
Toyota, the defending SA Rally Manufacturer’s Champions, will again be well represented in all classes in SA rallying, none more so than the premier S2000 class, where no less than five Toyota RunXs will take on four Volkswagens for overall rally wins and title honours.
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.
Johnny Gemmell and Peter Marsh came away from a bruising encounter with the Free State plains with a solid third overall on the Osram Rally, round six of eight in the Sasol SA Rally Championship.
The Castrol Toyota Hilux factory and privateer teams will continue their quest for an elusive first win this season at the African Heritage/Amathole 500 in the Eastern Cape from July 27 to 30.
Toyota Motorsport has announced that there will be four works and works assisted Corolla S2000 rally cars competing in the premier class in South African National Championship rallying in 2007. Two of these cars will run in the colours of Castrol Team Toyota and the other two in Total colours.
The South African-designed and built Toyota Corolla S2000, crewed by British pair Alister McRae and Gordon Noble, finished 25th overall and eighth in the Group N4 Class in the Rally Wales GB which finished in Cardiff today.