Toyota dominate Production Vehicle qualifying at Vryburg
information supplied by: Cross Country Commission (Media)
06 September 2013
TOYOTA DOMINATE PRODUCTION VEHICLE QUALIFYING AT VRYBURG 400
Vryburg, Friday – Toyota teams, led by the two Team Castrol Toyota factory entries, dominated the Production Vehicle qualifying race for the Vryburg 400 here today.
The race is round six of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship with championship leaders Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy romping to a 44 second win over team-mates Duncan Vos and Rob Howie. Taylor and Murphy arrived in the Kalahari with a 10 point lead in the championship ahead of the Ford Racing pair of Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst.
Third and fourth went to two local crews, Malcolm Kock/Johan Burger (Kock and Son Toyota Hilux) and Hugo de Bruyn/Henri Hugo (Micaren Exel Toyota Hilux), who revelled in the flat, dry and dusty conditions on a highly technical 60 kilometre route.
The first of the Ford Racing entries was the Ford Ranger of Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable, who won the opening event of the season, in fifth place. They were 16 seconds adrift of de Bruyn and Hugo and had a 36 second advantage over Gary Bertholdt and Siegfried Rousseau in the V8 powered Atlas Copco Nissan Navara.
They were followed by two more local crews in Jannie Visser/Joks le Roux (RFS Toyota Hilux) and Visser’s brother Chris and Badenhorst in the second of the factory Ford Rangers. For the Ford pair it was a highly disappointing result that left them nearly three and a half minutes behind championship rivals Taylor and Murphy who are looking for their fourth straight win.
“It was a tough day for co-drivers and a couple of wrong slots cost us,” said Badenhorst. “A flat also did not help but tomorrow is also going to be tough but we need a good result.
“The car is good but on a tight and technical route like this it is easy to be caught out.”
Both the leading Toyotas also found navigation difficult and were also victims of wrong slots here and there. For the rest they reported clean runs and will be confident of dominating a race that could produce twists and turns.
For Pretoria crew Christiaan du Plooy and Henk Janse van Vuuren, in the RFS BMW X3, a season of woes continued. The pair were around 20 kilometres into the route when they clipped a rock, bent the prop shaft and a did not finish means they will now start from the back of the field.
Former champions Jack and Sarel Pretorius (LMC Land Rover Defender) produced one of their trademark steady performances to lead the Class D contingent. Second were championship leaders Jason Venter and Vincent van Allemann (Trysome Toyota Hilux), who broke a side shaft, with brothers Johan and Werner Horn third in the Malalane Toyota Land Cruiser.
Down in Class E it was business as usual for championship leaders Dirk Putter and Koos Claasens in a Ford Ranger. Putter is another local product and the Ford came in around four minutes ahead of Johan Pretorius and AJ Crause in a Toyota Hilux.
Tomorrow’s race starts at 08:30 tomorrow at the Vryburg Motor Club. Race headquarters and the designated service area are both located at the club with public entry to these areas free of charge. Entry to spectator points along the route is also free of charge.
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