Rangers hunting for results
Made-in-Maritzburg’s racing bakkies out to clinch Atlas Copco race in Gauteng this weekend
drivers of the made-in-Pietermartizburg racing Ford Rangers from Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) will be going all out to secure a podium finish at the season finale, the Atlas Copco Gold 450 in Gauteng tomorrow and Saturday.
Having dominated and won this race last year, the Ford Performance crew will be hoping for a return of fortunes when qualifying gets under way for tomorrow’s 103 km prologue from Glenharvie in the heart of the West Rand gold mining belt.
“The team has endured a frustrating couple of races with a series of unexpected and unrelated technical issues, so we’re doing our utmost to wrap up this season with a decent result,” says team principal Neil Woolridge.
“Although it’s one of the shorter 450 km races on this year’s calendar, the route is tough on the vehicles and crews due to the extremely rough and rocky ter rain, and the weather at this time of the year could also play an important role as it did last year following lots of rain. But our Ford Performance Rangers have been meticulously prepared for this race, and we’re hoping for a good weekend.”
Former production vehicle champions Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst will be on a charge in their V8-powered Class T Ford Ranger, having dominated most of this race in 2014. They narrowly missed out on the win after an electric fault halted their progress just five kilometres from the finish line.
Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable are also more determined than before to end their year on a high, seeking to translate their impressive pace into a third podium finish for this year. They took second place on the season-opening RFS Endurance race in Harrismith, and followed this up with third at the Sugarbelt 450.
The V8-powered Class T Ford Ranger of Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst has been meticulously prepared for the weekend’s racing, and the drivers are hoping for a top step on the podium.