BBC — Autos — In Botswana, desert becomes racetrack

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In Botswana, desert becomes

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Since the 2009 of Africa’s famously gruelling Rally to South America, the Kalahari Botswana 1000 Race has taken its place as the premier off-road endurance The event started in 1975 as the Trans-Kalahari Race, sponsored by a French petroleum company. It was a competition until 1978, motorcycles were allowed to

The race thanks in no small to its dramatic route, near Central Kalahari Game proved immediately popular race teams and spectators all over the world. By the end of the decade, political tensions forced the to relocate across the border to Africa. There, under new from Toyota South the Total Trans-Kalahari became the 1000 Desert Race, a dash across the dry basin Vryburg. west of Johannesburg.

But during the 1980s, a new obstacle game farming. Vast of savannah were being off as preserves for indigenous wildlife, the task of route-planning increasingly for race organisers. So in 1991, the 1000 headed back to the spaces of Botswana, with South Africa hanging in as sponsor.

For this year’s three-day which kicked off on 21 June a 65km qualifying run, the to win are drivers Duncan Vos and Rob Howie, a three-truck campaign from Africa-based Castrol Team The outfit, running Hilux racing pickups, handily the checkered flag in 2012, the drivers’, co-drivers’, and manufacturer’s racing championships in the process. As an incentive, race winners free entry into Dakar Rally in South which can top $20,000 per car.

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“The Toyota Desert is the toughest challenge of its kind in Africa and it’s the round of the championship we all want to win,” Glyn Hall, principal of Team Toyota. “For it’s particularly important it’s sponsored by Toyota, for the 32 years. This brings it a certain amount of extra for the team, so we have prepared

The village of Kumakwane serves as base for the race, including the line and service park. that survive qualification kick off bright and early on 22 to run two loops, each about broken up by a 15-minute compulsory at the service park at Kumakwane. return Sunday morning to the process. And the route, which is 90% new year, is no mere country

“The Saturday and Sunday offer technical tight two rocky mountain passes, bush, sandy river and some spectacular river driving,” said race Alan Reid. “It is a that also includes else teams have to expect. This is a race always tests man and machine to the and this year will be no

Armchair spectators can download the map here .

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