Castrol Team Toyota Hilux crew takes control on first day of Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race
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24 June 2013
CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA HILUX CREW TAKES CONTROL ON FIRST DAY OF TOYOTA KALAHARI BOTSWANA 1000 DESERT RACE
- Leeroy Poulter and Elvéne Coetzee (Castrol Team Toyota Hilux) take historic win in Friday prologue
- Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy (Castrol Team Toyota Hilux) forge ahead to take lead on Saturday
- Hugo de Bruyn and Henri Hugo (Toyota Hilux) fly the Toyota privateer flag
Saturday, June 22 – Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy (Castrol Team Toyota Hilux) put themselves in a strong position to challenge for a maiden win in the three-day Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race when they completed day two in first place at the finish in the village of Kumakwane on the outskirts of Gaborone on Saturday afternoon.
After starting the 1 000-kilometre marathon in fifth place after Friday’s 62-kilometre qualifying race, Taylor, who missed out on a Desert Race victory in 2011 when he had mechanical problems 17 kilometres from the finish while leading comfortably, and Murphy conquered the dust and dangers of the longest and toughest motor race in southern Africa to reach Kumakwane 45 seconds ahead of the privateer Toyota Hilux of Hugo de Bruyn and Henri Hugo.
Third were Thomas Rundle and Juan Mohr (Nissan Navara), who were nearly 11 minutes behind the leaders, followed by Sarel van Biljon and Phillip Herselman in another privateer Toyota Hilux.
Reigning South African Production Vehicle champions and Castrol Toyota team-mates Duncan Vos and Rob Howie, winners of last year’s Desert Race, were fifth, 30 seconds behind Van Biljon and Herselman. They had started Friday’s qualifying race in first place and finished ninth after having to open the route for the cars behind them.
Leeroy Poulter and Elvéne Coetzee, more accustomed to competing in the SA Rally Championship in a Castrol Team Toyota Yaris, came off the high of winning Friday’s leg of the race in their first off road racing appearance together and experienced the low of being forced out of the race with electrical problems on their Castrol Toyota Hilux.
After leading the 54-car field from the start in Kumakwane, they impressively built up a lead of more than two and a half minutes over De Bruyn and Hugo before alternator problems ended their race.
Poulter and Coetzee will compete in Sunday’s final 420-kilometre leg of the race under the regulations that allow for this while only scoring half points.
Sunday’s action gets underway at 08.00 and the first car is expected back at the finish in Kumakwane at around 14.30.
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