Free State: Series pre-event news

LATE CHANGE IN REGENT RACING TEAM There has been a late change in personnel in the Regent Racing team on the eve of the Human Auto 400, round seven of the Absa Off Road Championship, in the Free State over the weekend. Team owner and former ...

LATE CHANGE IN REGENT RACING TEAM

There has been a late change in personnel in the Regent Racing team on the eve of the Human Auto 400, round seven of the Absa Off Road Championship, in the Free State over the weekend.

Team owner and former South African champion Terence Marsh will be without the services of regular co-driver Buks Carolin who has business commitments. Former off road and rally champion Richard Leeke, who last competed at this level when he won the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race with Duncan Vos, has stepped into the breach.

"A last minute business commitment forced Buks to cry off," said Marsh. "It left us in a bit of a quandary but fortunately Richard agreed to make a once off appearance, and I am looking forward to working with someone with such vast experience."

Leeke, who won the Botswana race a record eight times, said he was not worried about being out of action for three years.

"It's a little like riding a bicycle," he said. "There will be a little ring rust, but that will disappear after a few kilometres.

"I haven't previously worked with the GPS system now used in the off road series, and am looking forward to what should be an interesting weekend."

The rest of the Regent Racing squad remains unchanged. Mike Whitehouse and Mathew Carlson will join Marsh and Leeke in Nissan Navaras in the Production Vehicle category, while Archie Rutherford and Mike Lawrenson will be out in the Regent Racing Jimco in Class P in the Special Vehicle category.

The Human Auto 400 is based at the Windmill Casino on the outskirts of Bloemfontein. Race headquarters, the start/finish and the designated service point will all be located at the complex.

The Donaldson Prologue to determine start positions for the race will start at 12:00 on Friday. The race will start at 08:30 on Saturday with public access to the start, the designated service point and spectator areas along the route free of charge.

-source: saorc

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Series Other rally
Drivers Duncan Vos