Piazza-Musso Brothers Moreca Ford Caledon 400 preview

Piazza-Musso Brothers Join The Vacation Vans Jeep Off Road Team For The Moreca Ford Caledon 400 The Vacation Vans Jeep off road team will be looking for a change in fortunes on the Moreca Ford Caledon 400 in the Dewetsdorp area on September 21...

Piazza-Musso Brothers Join The Vacation Vans Jeep
Off Road Team For The Moreca Ford Caledon 400

The Vacation Vans Jeep off road team will be looking for a change in fortunes on the Moreca Ford Caledon 400 in the Dewetsdorp area on September 21 and 22 - and has called on the services of a pair of South African circuit and rally champions.

Brothers Claudio and Paolo Piazza-Musso will share driving duties, with regular co-driver Scott Abraham again in the hot seat, on what is the penultimate round of this year's MSA Off-Road Car Championship. The Vacation Vans Jeep, with driving duties shared through the season by vehicle owner Arthur Abraham, Sarel van der Merwe, Paolo Piazza-Musso and Stratford Voogt has been plagued by niggly mechanical problems.

On the Moreca Ford event, however, the squad has been given an early boost. The Vacation Vans team has landed tyre sponsorship from Goodyear for the remainder of the 2001 season and for next season. The Jeep Cherokee will now be shod with Goodyear MTR off-road rubber, with the team expecting a huge improvement in terms of grip and handling.

"We have had mixed fortunes this season with the six litre monster plagued by minor problems," said Abraham. "On the Queen Motor Spares Tarka 400 a circlip on a balljoint on the front suspension pulled out, and the hub collapsed.

"Little things like that have added up to a frustrating season, but the Goodyear agreement is a fillip and we are looking for a good result on the Moreca Ford Caledon 400. We are also hoping the combined talents of the Piazza-Musso brothers will bring a change in fortunes."

Both Piazza-Mussos are no strangers to either the Jeep Cherokee or off-road racing. Elder brother Claudio is a multiple kart and circuit racing champion, while Paolo is a national rally champion with the pair dabbling in off-road and the now defunct Super Series.

Abraham added that the terrain on the Moreca Ford Caledon 400 will suit the American built Jeep Cherokee. "Despite all the problems we have had throughout the season," he said, "the Jeep's potential has never been in doubt.

"Both of us enjoy off-road racing, and the Jeep Cherokee has always had potential," said Claudio. "If we can steer clear of the minor problems that have plagued the vehicle, I think we can do well."

The Moreca Ford Caledon 400 is open to cars, motorcycle and quads and will go a long way towards sorting out some tight championship battles. A big field is expected for an event that is always well organized, and the off-road fraternity look to be in for an exciting weekend.

-VVJORT-

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Series Other rally
Drivers Sarel van der Merwe