MIXED FORTUNES FOR TOYOTA TEAMS IN SUN CITY 400 PROLOGUE Sun City, Friday - There were mixed fortunes today for Castrol Toyota Hilux teams in the prologue for tomorrow's Sun City 400, the halfway mark in this year's Absa Off Road ...
MIXED FORTUNES FOR TOYOTA TEAMS IN SUN CITY 400 PROLOGUE
Sun City, Friday - There were mixed fortunes today for Castrol Toyota Hilux teams in the prologue for tomorrow's Sun City 400, the halfway mark in this year's Absa Off Road Championship.
On the positive side there were clean runs for Mark Cronje/Chris Birkin and Paolo Piazza-Musso/Ockie Fourie in Castrol Toyota Hilux 2,7i entries. Cronje and Birkin, former Class E champions, came in at the head of the Class D field in the production vehicle category, and will start ninth overall, with Piazza-Musso and Fourie 26th in the pecking order.
Matters, however, did not go all that well for Gavin Cronje and multiple SA champion Robin Houghton in another Class D entry. The pair got stuck in a ditch and suffered front suspension damage, which will see them start near the back of the field.
There were also problems for Class E crews Zane Pearce and Brian Martin, and the father and son pairing of Hugo and Jaap de Bruyn. Pearce and Martin, who have finished every event so far this season, broke a side shaft and will also start from the back of the field.
On a 45 kilometre prologue that gives crews a pretty good idea of what they can expect in tomorrow's race proper, the de Bruyn's ran into power steering problems. That dropped them down the field and they will start in 35th position.
"We had our ups and downs today, and technical crews have been kept pretty busy" said Toyota Motorsport manager Whammy Haddad. "But the race is a new ballgame, and we are confident of picking up some good results.
"There is a lot of experience in the teams, and on an event like this that is going to count in our favour."