Former South African champion Shameer Variawa and Siegfried Rousseau put the seal on a near perfect weekend when they won the Atlas Copco Sugarbelt 400, round three of the Absa Off Road Championship, which ended here today.
Variawa and Rousseau, in the Total Motorsport Porter, produced a copybook race to notch up their second overall Special Vehicle and Class A victory of the season. The pair also won the Adenco 400 in the Western Cape at the start of the season and had around 90 seconds in hand over former SA champions Kallie and Quintin Sullwald in the Sullwald Racing BAT. Continue reading Second win for Variawa/Rosseau in Sugarbelt 400→
Privateers Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst withstood all the pressure two factory entrants could throw at them to win the Atlas Copco Sugarbelt 400, round three of the Absa Off Road Championship, which ended here today.
Visser and Badenhorst, in the RFS/Visser Transport Toyota Hilux, finished 66 seconds ahead of reigning South African driver’s champion Duncan Vos and Rob Howie, in the factory Team Castrol Toyota Hilux, to secure their second overall and SP Class victory of the season. Earlier in the season Visser/Badenhorst scored their maiden national win when they won the Adenco 400 in the Western Cape. Continue reading Second win for Visser/Badenhorst on Sugarbelt 400→
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The Castrol Team Toyota Off Road team will be looking to succeed on ‘home’ turf in the Atlas Copco Sugarbelt 400 that takes place on the 21st and 22nd of May.
The event, considered one of the tougher and more popular events in the eight event ABSA Off Road Championship, takes place in the Eston area of KwaZulu-Natal, an area used extensively by Toyota engineers during the development of the Hilux prior to its introduction in South Africa. KwaZulu-Natal is of course Toyota’s home province as well with the company’s manufacturing facility less than an hour’s drive away from Eston.
“It was on this event last year that Anthony Taylor gave notice of the real potential of the Hilux in off-road racing when he held a reasonably comfortable lead through the event until just 40 kilometres from the end,” says Castrol Team Toyota team principal, Glyn Hall. “The Sugarbelt 400 combines a unique mix of terrain with the route traversing tracks through cane fields, open grassland and a forest section, with a fair bit of variation in elevation in this hilly area of KwaZulu-Natal thrown in for good measure.
“This is the kind of terrain that the Hilux has shown itself to be well suited for. Both Duncan Vos and Anthony Taylor are enthusiastic about their chances of success on this event given the performance of the Hilux in the Toyota Dealer 400 some weeks back and its performance in this event last year.
“As ever the team has applied itself to the process of constant improvement of the Hilux to optimise its potential. We are really competitive in terms of speed – we saw that in Lydenburg – and our aim for the Sugarbelt 400 is to use that to our advantage in a good clean run and hopefully a visit to the top step of the podium for Toyota and our partners Castrol, Imperial, and the Innovation Group.”
The Sugarbelt 400 is based at the Beaumont Eston Farmers Club, just off the R603, and this area will also serve as the designated service point. This is a spectator friendly event with a number of spectator points accessible without the need to venture off main tar roads.
After having their collective nose bloodied last time around the Class A brigade will be looking to reassert their authority on the Special Vehicle category at the Atlas Copco Sugarbelt 400, round three of the Absa Off Road Championship, in KwaZulu-Natal on May 21 and 22.
Pretoria pair Johan van Staden and James Rossouw, in the KEC BAT, made history on the Toyota Dealer 400 when they became the first Class P crew to win a race overall in the Absa series. The right set of circumstances will always provide the possibility for similar upsets, but the Class A brigade will be a bit miffed if they allow a Class P crew to hog the limelight for the second race in a row. Continue reading Special Vehicle Category wide open at Atlas Copco Sugarbelt 400 this weekend→