Rangers hunt­ing for re­sults

Made-in-Maritzburg’s rac­ing bakkies out to clinch At­las Copco race in Gaut­eng this week­end

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING - — WR.

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.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

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.

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