document : Castrol Toyota pair take control of Nkomazi 400

Castrol Toyota pair take control of Nkomazi 400
information supplied by: Cross Country Commission (Media) 17 May 2014

358190 Castrol Toyota pair take control of Nkomazi 400

Malalane, Saturday – Reigning South African champions Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy were in control of the Production Vehicle category at the Nkomazi 450, round three of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, at the halfway stage of the race here today.

At the end of the first of two 175 kilometre loops that make up the race, Taylor and Murphy were around 90 seconds clear of local favourites Johan and Werner Horn in the Malalane Toyota Hilux. Taylor and Murphy moved into the lead when team-mate Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie, who won the qualifying race to determine start positions, went out early when they lost a front wheel.

Third were Johan van Staden and Mike Lawrenson (Atlas Copco Nissan Navara) who were seven minutes behind Taylor/Murphy. Christian du Plooy/Henk Janse van Vuuren were a solid fourth in the RFS Ford Ranger, with Michael Whitehouse and George Myburgh completing the top five in the Regent Racing Nissan Navara.

On the Special Vehicle front Quintin and Kallie Sullwald (Elegant Fuel BAT Venom) were also in a position of strength. They had a comfortable lead over Gerhard du Plessis and his teenage son, Hardus, in a Jimco.

Reigning South African champions Evan Hutchison and Danie Stassen (Motorite BAT Viper) were also lap one casualties, and at the halfway mark reigning Class P champions John Thomson and Maurice Zermatten (Zarco) had moved into third place. Lance Trethewey/Geoff Minnitt (LTE/Mortimer Toyota BAT Venom) and Colin Matthews/Rodney Burke (Century Racing CR3), who were flying through the field, completed the top five.

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