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TDR 1000

TDR 1000 30 June 2015

  • First overall for Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy
  • Third overall for Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie
  • Toyota first and second in Class S
  • Manufacturer's award for Toyota

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CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA SET TO DEFEND DESERT RACE CROWN CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA SET TO DEFEND DESERT RACE CROWN

CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA SET TO DEFEND DESERT RACE CROWN 23 June 2015

The Donaldson Cross Country Championship moves to Botswana this weekend, for the iconic Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race – arguably Southern Africa’s toughest motorsport event. In 2014 Castrol Team Toyota achieved a stunning one-two victory on the two-day event, helping winners Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy to overall victory in the championship, in their Castrol Team Toyota Hilux.

 

“We are going to the Desert Race to try and do exactly what we did last year,” says Team Principal Glyn Hall. “And with the results we’ve had so far this year, we can’t help but be optimistic. With that said, this is one tough race, and nothing can be taken for granted.”

 

Castrol Team Toyota got the 2015 season under way with a win on Round 1, the RFS Endurance. Leeroy Poulter recorded his first cross-country victory, though navigator Rob Howie had sprayed sparkling wine from the top step of the podium in the past. Taylor/Murphy finished third on the opening round.

 

Round 2 was the Sugarbelt 450, which took place in the area around Eston in KwazuluNatal. Poulter/Howie made it two wins from two starts, this time with their teammates just seconds behind, in second place.

 

Now the action moves to Botswana, for the longest and toughest event of the year. The Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race is run over a total of three days, with a prologue of 100 km on the first day. This prologue will determine the starting positions for the main event, which is split over two days comprising 500 km on day one, and 420 km on day two.

 

The qualifying race gets under way at 11:30 on June 26, while the two race days start at 08:30 on the mornings of Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June. The area around the southern Botswana town of Jwaneng will again play host to the Desert Race, which promises to test the crews and their race machines to the limit.

 

“For us the Donaldson Cross Country Championship is an integral part of our testing for the Dakar Rally,” continues Hall. “As such the extended distance of the Desert Race is very valuable from a testing point of view – but we are still going there to try and win the race, despite our testing programme.”

 

Beyond the two factory entries of Castrol Team Toyota, a number of privateers will also be tackling the grueling event in Toyota Hilux cross country race vehicles. One of the teams to watch is that of the Horn brothers – Johan and Werner – who had a fantastic season in 2014. The pair hasn’t quite recaptured the pace they had last year, but have proven to be tough competitors, able to take the fight to the much larger factory teams.

 

Toyota crews are also competing in Class S, for vehicles with engines up to four liters in capacity, and that sport solid rear axles. Notably defending Class S champions, Jannie Visser and Joks le Roux are returning to the championship for the first time this year, and may just shake things up in the class.

 

As with all Donaldson Cross Country events, entry to the spectating points is free of charge, but access to the start and race HQ in Jwaneng is strictly controlled. Though the area where the race takes place is dry and sandy, the Desert Race remains one of the greatest motorsport spectacles on the continent.

 

 

Toyota Motorsport South Africa Acknowledges Its Sponsors and Specialist Official Supplier and Technical Partners

Toyota enjoys a mutually beneficial relationship with Castrol, Toyota Financial Services, Innovation Group, Imperial Toyota Group, Bosch, Donaldson, Edgecam, Ferodo, Smith Manufacturing, NGK, SKF, Reiger and Spanjaard.

 

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THREE IN A ROW FOR CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA ON 2015 DESERT RACE THREE IN A ROW FOR CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA ON 2015 DESERT RACE

THREE IN A ROW FOR CASTROL TEAM TOYOTA ON 2015 DESERT RACE 30 June 2015

Castrol Team Toyota's Anthony Taylor and navigator Dennis Murphy achieved a hat-trick of wins on the iconic Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race this weekend, by achieving the top step of the podium for the third time in a row, in their Toyota Hilux. Teammates, Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie, finished third after running into difficulties early on day two.

 

"Leeroy and Rob started today in first place with a fourteen second lead. But a problem with the brake caliper saw them lose the best part of twenty minutes right at the start of the day," explained Castrol Team Toyota Team Principal Glyn Hall. "But they managed to catch the Ford of Gary Berthold ahead of them, ending the day just fourteen seconds behind."

 

For Taylor/Murphy, however, Poulter and Howie's trouble opened the door. They passed their stricken teammates just 4 km into Sunday's first loop, after pausing to check if they could assist.

 

"We saw Leeroy and Rob stuck on the route, so we asked if there was anything we could do to help," said an elated Taylor from the service park in Jwaneng. "They told us to carry on, which is exactly what we did."

 

For Poulter/Howie, the day turned into a flat out race, despite being handicapped by three-wheel braking during the first loop of the day and a damaged clutch, which also resulted from the broken brake caliper that instantly jammed the wheel of the Hilux.

 

"Even so the Hilux ran extremely well, and we managed to catch up with some of the slower cars ahead of us," said Poulter from the finish. "But it was heart breaking to start the day with a lead, only to lose it in the first 5 km of the route."

 

Despite losing his lead, Poulter retains his lead in the Donaldson Cross-Country Championship, thanks to winning the first day of the Desert Race. Effectively this has given him three wins from three starts, with Taylor still comfortably in second place.

 

In Class S, for vehicles with engines of four liters and solid read axles, it was the Toyota Hilux of Heinie Strumpher and Henri Hugo that triumphed. Their victory contributed to Toyota winning the manufacturer's award for the Desert Race. They were followed home by Deon Venter and Jaco van Aardt, also in a Toyota Hilux.

 

For the Donaldson Cross-Country Championship, the next round of the championship is the Malalane 450, which takes place in early August 2015. This will be round four of the six-round championship.

 

 

Toyota Motorsport South Africa Acknowledges Its Sponsors and Specialist Official Supplier and Technical Partners

Toyota enjoys a mutually beneficial relationship with Castrol, Toyota Financial Services, Innovation Group, Imperial Toyota Group, Bosch, Donaldson, Edgecam, Ferodo, Smith Manufacturing, NGK, SKF, Reiger and Spanjaard.

 

Follow the fortunes of Castrol Team Toyota on motorsport.toyota.co.za

Twitter: www.twitter.com/toyotasa

Facebook: www.facebook.com/toyotasouthafrica.

 

 

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