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Toyota dominates at ABSA Off-Road Champs ahead of this weekend’s round





27 August 2012


The Castrol Toyota Team are dominating the peak of the ABSA South African Off-Road Car championship standings heading into the sixth round (to take place at Carnival City this coming weekend).

Toyota Motorsport’s pair Duncan Vos and Rob Howie is sitting aloft the point’s board.  They have dominated the last few rounds, grabbing three victories from the past five events. This has resulted in a 23-point lead over another Toyota Motorsport duo, Anthony Taylor and Chris Birkin.

Team principal , Glyn Hall praised the performances of his drivers and navigators:

It’s a good position to be in, but we’ve been in this game a long time and even with three rounds remaining, this title chase is far from over. The slightest slip up or a puncture can win or lose a race, so we will be putting in our usual maximum effort to ensure that we’re as well prepared as we can be. 
 
“Our Hilux bakkies have been the ones to beat so far this season and with better luck we might have won more often. We’re continually developing them and will be benefitting from a few improvements we have managed to make since the Sun City 400 five weeks ago.” 
 

If Vos does maintain his good form, he will claim his first title win with Toyota, and amazingly his fifth career championship win. Vos knows the importance and prestige that comes with off-road racing; he competed in the arduous Dakar Rally at the beginning of this year in the same Hilux.

 

“We have an awesome vehicle, which has not only proved itself in our national championship, but also in the Dakar Rally, there’s a lot at stake here and we’re taking it very seriously. 
 

Off-road racing is a highly enjoyable spectator sport with various vantage points that bring fans up, close and personal with these unusual racers. Logistics for this weekend are as follows:

Race headquarters, the start/finish and the designated service park will all be located at Carnival City near Boksburg.

If you want to catch the start of the action, best you take Friday off work, as the action gets under way at 12.30 on Friday (August 31) with the Donaldson Prologue and the race will start at 08.30 on Saturday (September 1). Race organisers expect the winner to cross the finish line at Carnival City at around 13.30.