This weekend saw off-road racers from across Africa tearing across the Kalahari desert of Botswana in the Kalahari 1000. The super production class was led in first and second by drivers in Toyota Hilux pick-ups.
The 1000km race across the desert is the fourth in the Absa Off-Road Championship series. It is is one of four races in the world that serves a qualifier for the famed Dakar Rally.
Duncan Vos and his co-driver Rob Howie are enjoying their third victory of the season. "We’re ecstatic to win", said Voss." "A big ‘thank-you’ to our hard-working technical team for all their hard work and giving me a car that didn’t miss a beat throughout the three days.”
Anthony Taylor and his co-driver found themselves 35 seconds behind their teammates giving them a second place finish. In last year's Kalahari 10000 they placed second after serious mechanical issues in the final 200km of the race.
After being doused with champagne, team principal Glyn Hall, said, "It’s taken us a bit longer to win this great race than we would have liked, but we’ve made great progress with the Toyota Hilux since we started in 2010. Now it’s shown its true capability in the Toyota Desert Race, the toughest challenge in southern Africa, after a faultless performance by not only the two crews, but also by both cars.”
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