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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 and Murphy completed a perfect for the pair who arrived in the Pilanesberg on the of wins in the Sugarbelt 400 and Kalahari 1000 Desert Race. The also won Friday’s prologue to sure they started at the of the field — a crucial on a fast and dusty route.

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

Taylor said Duncan and Rob pushed us all the way. at the front of the field mostly did with the dust problem, but the role is always difficult. did a great job the whole weekend and the two of us are well in the car.

The only in the pecking order among the five came at the end of the first of two that made up the race. A overshoot dropped Visser and behind Woolridge and Huxtable but the status quo was restored on the second

Deon Venter and Ian Palmer Hilux) produced their performance of the season to finish with former champions Visser and Joks le Roux Hilux) and Hugo de Bruyn and Hugo (Toyota Hilux) 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.

a dreadful qualifying and adventurous championship leaders John and Maurice Zermatten eventually back bravely to finish in Class P. They came about 20 minutes behind and Burke and had just over a to spare ahead of veteran Corbett, Guy Henley and Martin

Corbett, father of Mark and in his 60s, shared the driving with Henley and did the Friday stint. Corbett senior is a previous Class P winner on the Sun 400.

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