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Toyota 1-2 in tough Sun City 400

Hilux crew Anthony and Dennis Murphy took third consecutive win.

the two factory teams had traded throughout the weekend Glynn Toyota squad finally a technical knockout over Racing in the Production Vehicle on the Sun City 400, Round 5 of the SA Country Championship.

Hilux Anthony Taylor and Dennis took their third win, followed home by South African champions and mates Duncan Vos and Rob Howie. Racing crews Chris and Japie Badenhorst, and Lance and Ward Huxtable were and fourth with the Nissan of Gary Bertholdt and Siegfried rounding out the top five.

The win, sees Taylor and Murphy into an unofficial 10 point over Visser and Badenhorst in the overall and premier Class SP standings, after the crews the day tied on points.

Victory for Taylor and Murphy a perfect weekend for the pair who in the Pilanesberg on the back of wins in the 400 and Kalahari Botswana 1000 Race. The pair also won prologue to make sure started at the front of the field a crucial factor on a fast and route.

I guess you could say the was won during the prologue.”

Taylor afterwards: Duncan and Rob pushed us all the Running at the front of the field did away with the dust but the pathfinder role is always Dennis did a great job the whole and the two of us are working well in the car.

The change in the pecking order the first five came at the end of the of two loops that made up the A small overshoot dropped and Badenhorst behind Woolridge and — but the status quo was restored on the loop.

Deon Venter and Ian (Toyota Hilux) produced best performance of the season to sixth with former Jannie Visser and Joks le (Toyota Hilux) and Hugo de and Henri Hugo (Toyota completing the top eight.

De Bruyn and Hugo were hit with a penalty for a jump infringement that dropped way down the pecking order. a troubled prologue that saw start 34th on the road, Navara pair Mike and Mathew Carlson suddenly themselves in eighth place.

The produced one of the drives of the day, but had 21 seconds to spare over Archie Rutherford, who had SuperSport Derek Alberts sitting him as celebrity navigator in his Nissan The setback for De Bruyn and Hugo elevated Johan van Staden and Lawrenson into the top 10 in their Hilux.

Mpumalanga brothers and Werner Horn, in A Toyota Cruiser, were comfortable in Class D, more than minutes clear of a close for second and third between crew Dana Vos and Henri de (Toyota Hilux) and championship Jason Venter and Vincent van also in a Toyota Hilux.

Vos and de Kock started second in after the Friday prologue, Venter and van Alleman in fifth; the scoring saw Vos and de Kock edge out and van Alleman by just 26 seconds.

E honours went to the Toyota combination of Douglas Fear and de Villiers who were comfortably of reigning championd Dirk and stand-in navigator Sarel Putter and Kriek were the of the classified finishers.


There was plenty of late as Colin Matthews and Rodney won the Special Vehicle category in Century Racing CR3. It was second overall win this in a Class P car with rookie Rodney Burke setting is probably some kind of African cross country

Burke, taking over the hot from Alan Smith, sat in a car for the first time in Friday’s and was a winner in his maiden national — even after GPS went on the blink and the odometer working on the second of the two loops made up the race.

Burke said later: It life interesting but Colin’s came into play and he brilliantly.

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It was an awesome day and a great way to my racing career.

Matthews and started the day in fifth but at the halfway had moved into second prologue winners Lance and Spencer Kriel in a BAT. was looking for back-to-back Sun City 400 but the KwaZulu-Natal crew ran into problems on the second loop of the and trailed home in sixth.

Corbett and Julien Hardy set to make it a Century Racing running second only kilometres from the finish, but a overshoot at a corner let through leaders Hermann and Wichard (Stryker) to grab Class A

We were caught napping.

A Corbett said afterwards: It much of a mistake but it was enough to let and Wichard through.

The mistake almost cost and Hardy another place, as finished a scant nine ahead of reigning South champions Evan Hutchison and Stassen in their BAT Viper.

producing a steady race-day a second KwaZulu-Natal crew porter-mounted Clint Gibson and Campbell — rounded out the top about three minutes of the unfortunate Trethewey and Kriel another steady outing Philip de Vries and Johan into seventh in their

Congolese driver Eduardo and South African teenager Roets completed the top eight in a with the pair followed by veteran Nardus Alberts and son in a BAT — only for Argazzi and to get hit with a jump start

That lifted the Alberts and Marius Fourie, with van Aardt deputising for Jolinda in their BAT, to eighth and respectively and brought Nick and Harper’s BAT Venom, into the top 10.

After a dreadful qualifying and race, championship leaders Thomson and Maurice Zermatten fought back bravely to second in Class P. They home about 20 minutes Matthews and Burke and had just a minute to spare ahead of Ernest Corbett, Guy Henley and Hermida.

Corbett, father of and in his late 60s, shared the duties with Henley and did the qualifying stint. Corbett is also a previous Class P on the Sun City 400.

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