CASTROL TOYOTA TEAM'S DREAM RESULT The inaugural Ford Motorite Limpopo 400, round six of the Absa Off Road Championship, provided the Castrol Toyota team with a dream result over the weekend. Castrol Toyota Hilux 2.7i entries filled...
CASTROL TOYOTA TEAM'S DREAM RESULT
The inaugural Ford Motorite Limpopo 400, round six of the Absa Off Road Championship, provided the Castrol Toyota team with a dream result over the weekend.
Castrol Toyota Hilux 2.7i entries filled three of the first four positions in Class D and picked up third overall in the Production Vehicles category via Mark Cronje and Chris Birkin. On top of that Castrol Toyota Hilux entries also filled the top four places in Class E, and Toyota walked away with the Manufacturers trophy.
The jewel in the Toyota crown was the Cronje/Birkin combination. For the second event in a row the former Class E champions dominated Class D and picked up another overall podium place.
Third and fourth went to Castrol Toyota Hilux 2.7i crews Gavin Cronje and Robin Houghton and Paolo Piazza-Musso and Ockie Fourie. It was a welcome return to form for both teams after lean spells on recent events. Both the Cronje/Houghton and Piazza-Musso/Fourie crews, were under pressure to perform in Polokwane. They responded well in the hot and dusty conditions.
"It was exactly what we expected - tough, hot and extremely dusty," said Mark Cronje.
"The route was excellent, a real off road race, but most of the credit must go to the technical crews who prepared the vehicles. "We had a clean run, as did the other guys and this was a real team effort."
The Class E win went to Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst in the Tyco Trucks Toyota Hilux, with the pair followed home by reigning champions Hugo and Jaap de Bruyn in a Castrol Toyota Hilux. Third were Zane Pearce and Hennie Vosloo - with Pearce maintaining his 100% finishing record this season. Fourth place went to husband and wife team George and Sharon Barkhuizen in another Toyota.
A delighted Wammy Haddad, the Toyota Motorsport Manager wore a huge grin at the finish.
"We needed the championship points but this is bakkie country," he said, "and the results are a huge bonus from a commercial point of view.
"It was the sort of result we needed at this stage of the season, and the entire team deserve a great deal of credit.