Botswana 1000 past-race winners

LEEKE, REYNEKE LEAD TOYOTA 1000 DESERT RACE WINNERS With 13 victories between them in the 26-year history of the event, former South African champions Richard Leeke and Apie Reyneke have dominated the Toyota 1000 Desert Race. Leeke, with seven...

LEEKE, REYNEKE LEAD TOYOTA 1000 DESERT RACE WINNERS

With 13 victories between them in the 26-year history of the event, former South African champions Richard Leeke and Apie Reyneke have dominated the Toyota 1000 Desert Race.

Leeke, with seven victories between 1984 and 2004, leads the all time list of winners. His first win came with Paddy Driver in a Mitsubishi Pajero, and he scored subsequent wins with Kassie Coetzee (2) and Philip Malan in Toyota Hilux entries, and with Hannes Grobler (3) in Nissan Hardbody entries.

Reyneke scored the first of his six wins with Lucas Dreyer in a Nissan Safari in 1987. He won again with Dreyer, in a Toyota Land Cruiser, in 1994 and then scored four victories -- all for Toyota -- with Robin Houghton.

Houghton and Grobler are still competing and have four wins apiece. Grobler's first victory came in 1986 with current Motorsport SA Off Road Car Racing Commission President Piet Swanepoel, but he had to wait until 2002 for his next win.

The father and son combination of Franz Czepek senior and junior also have four wins to their credit. The pair won three times in a row between 1997 and 1999 and again in 2001.

Buks Carolin and Neil Woolridge, who is still competing, each have three victories. Woolridge won for the first time in 1996 with Paul Vermaak in a Nissan Sani, and has twice won with Kenny Skjoldhammer for Ford Racing.

The Special Vehicle category has only three times been won by a singleseater with Des Tarboton -- 1982 (Sandmaster), Rob Wark -- 1994 (Sandmaster) and Marius Beaurain doing the trick in a Might Mag in 1996, and perhaps the most famous victory of all goes back to 1985. That was the year SA rally champions tackled the event in an Audi Quattro and pulverised the opposition. <pre> 1981 Petra Marais/Selwyn Robinson Kartkraft Sprinter 1982 Des Tarboton Sandmaster 1983 Hennie Reyneke/Mike Fourie Nissan Safari 1984 Paddy Driver/Richard Leeke Mitsubishi Pajero 1985 Geoff Mortimer/Brian Woodhead Audi Quattro 1986 Hannes Grobler/Piet Swanepoel Nissan Safari 1987 Apie Reyneke/Lucas Dreyer Nissan Safari 1988 Andre Kock/Koos Coetzee Toyota Land Cruiser 1989 Philip Malan/Richard Leeke Toyota Hilux 1990 Richard Schilling/Fred Levesque Chenowth 1991 Klaus Degener/Derrick Pinnoy Chenowth 1992 Kassie Coetzee/Richard Leeke (Production) Toyota Hilux Craig Hopkinson/Martin Spencer (Special) VW 1993 Kassie Coetzee/Richard Leeke (Production) Toyota Hilux John Lambert/Eric Scholtz (Special) Digidoor Porsche 1994 Apie Reyneke/Lucas Dreyer (Production) Toyota Land Cruiser Robert Wark (Special) Raceco 1995 Apie Reyneke/Robin Houghton (Production) Toyota Land Cruiser Richard Carolin/Buks Carolin (Special) Raceco 1996 Neil Woolridge/Paul Vermaak (Production) Nissan Sani Marius Beaurain (Special) Mighty Mag 1997 Apie Reyneke/Robin Houghton (Production) Toyota Land Cruiser Franz Czepek (Snr)/Franz Czepek (Jnr) (Special) Raceco 1998 Apie Reyneke/Robin Houghton (Production) Toyota Land Cruiser Franz Czepek (Snr)/Franz Czepek (Jnr) (Special) Raceco 1999 Apie Reyneke/Robin Houghton (Production) Toyota Land Cruiser Franz Czepek (Snr)/Franz Czepek (Jnr) (Special) Raceco 2000 Neil Woolridge/ Kenny Skjoldhammer (Production) Mitsubishi Pajero Mark Corbett/Juan Mohr (Special) Jimco 2001 Neil Woolridge/ Kenny Skjoldhammer (Production) Ford Franz Czepek (Snr)/Franz Czepek (Jnr)(Special) Chenowth 2002 Hannes Grobler / Richard Leeke (Production) Nissan Greg Daus / VZ van Zyl (Special) Raceco 2003 Hannes Grobler / Richard Leeke (Production) Nissan John Weir-Smith / Geoff Minnitt (Special) Jimco 2004 Hannes Grobler / Richard Leeke (Production) Nissan Atang Makgekgenene / Buks Carolin (Special) Jimco 2005 Alfie Cox/Ralph Pitchford (Production) Nissan Atang Makgekgenene/Buks Carolin (Special) Jimco

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