Series news 2010-04-22

NEIL WOOLRIDGE MOTORS AND FORD RACING AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS SAMIA AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING TEAMWORK The year is turning into a successful one for off road champion Neil Woolridge. Woolridge has for many years been a Ford stalwart and his ...

NEIL WOOLRIDGE MOTORS AND FORD RACING AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS SAMIA AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING TEAMWORK

The year is turning into a successful one for off road champion Neil Woolridge.

Woolridge has for many years been a Ford stalwart and his Pietermaritzburg based company, Neil Woolridge Motors, has won the South African Motorsport Industry Association (SAMIA) award for 2010 for outstanding teamwork. At an awards ceremony in Cape Town recently SAMIA founder and chief executive officer, Brian Sims, said the award was "well deserved and recognises the exceptionally high level of performance that Neil Woolridge Motors delivers in respect of its involvement in the prestigious Absa Off Road Championship."

Sims added that South Africa was rapidly building an enviable reputation for its high standard of innovative technology and engineering excellence within motorsport, and Neil Woolridge Motors was playing a role in furthering this reputation. Neil Woolridge Motors were nominated for the award along with Terry Moss Racing which operated factory Audi and VW entries in the national circuit racing series.

But matters were to get better for Woolridge and the factory Ford Racing Ranger team.

Woolridge and co-driver Kenny Skjoldhammer made SA motorsport history when they won the Production Vehicle category at the recent Toyota Dealer 400, round two of the Absa Off Road Championship, in Mpumalanga. The win, with the pair starting seventh on the road, was the first for a diesel powered vehicle in the Absa championship with the Ford Ranger TDCi performing faultlessly throughout the weekend.

The Ford Ranger TDCi was built and developed by Neil Woolridge Motors and is in its second year of competition.

"Winning the SAMIA Award and then giving the Ford Ranger TDCi its first win has given us an amazing start to the year," said Woolridge. "I am very proud of both achievements but it has been a team effort, and credit also goes to Ford and everyone at Neil Woolridge Motors who has worked on the project.

"The Toyota Dealer 400 win vindicated Ford's decision to go the diesel route and we are now hungry for more success."

For Woolridge there was also a cherry on the cake in Mpumalanga. His 18-year-old son Lance, along with Ward Huxtable, scored his first national championship win with a victory in Class E in a Ford Ranger.

"It was tough going but Lance and Ward showed a lot of character," said Woolridge. "Their win capped what was a memorable weekend for me and the team."

-source: saorc

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