Two dozen made- in- SA vehicles raced Dakar
THE Donaldson Cross Country Motor Racing Championship was again the launch pad for an impressive South African success rate at this year’s Dakar Rally, the toughest motorsport event in the world.
South African designed and built vehicles accounted for 60% of the first 40 finishers in the car category.
Among the 24 South African built cars to make it to the finish were 17 Toyota Hilux models, two Ford Rangers, two Century Racing CR5 entries, two Renault Dusters and a Red- Lined Motorsport Nissan Navara.
International teams also crewed two Ford Rangers built in Pietermaritzburg by Neil Woolridge Motorsport with Spaniards Xavier Pons and Ricardo Torlaschi finishing 29th, and Chileans Daniel Mas Valdes and Juan Pablo Latrach Vinagre 34th.
The two Fords were run by South African Scott Abrahams’ South Racing company, based in Germany, which also provided logistics for Red- Lined Motorsport.
The 17 Toyota Hilux finishers on the Dakar Rally were either built by Toyota Motorsport team principal Glyn Hall and his team of professionals at the Hallspeed facility in Midrand, or assembled overseas by Overdrive and other teams using designs and components supplied by Hallspeed. Two Toyota Gazoo Racing SA entries built in Midrand finished in the top 10 and another five locally built or sourced cars finished in the top 20.
Two Century Racing CR5 entries were designed and built at the Century Racing workshop in Midrand, with Matthews and Burke winners of last year’s Dakar Challenge which formed part of the Donaldson championship.
Two Renault Dusters built by Thompson Racing at Kyalami finished 18th and 19th.
Red- Lined Motorsport is also based in Kyalami with South Africans Sean Reitz and Riaan Greyling, and the German father/ son pairing of Jurgen and Daniel Schröder out in a pair of Nissan Navaras.
More than 100 South African engineers, technicians and service crew helped keep the South African and other teams running throughout an event.
Cenruty Racing mehanics working hard to replace the racing clutch in minutes.