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Friday, June 1, 2012

Toyota Botswana Desert Race

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By Gerald Ferreira

The inclusion of the Toyota Kalahari Botswana1000 Desert Race, premier event on the ABSA Off Road Racing calendar and the biggest motor sport event in Southern Africa, in the inaugural Dakar Challenge means the marathon event will this year enjoy an even higher profile.

The new status of the race was announced by Richard Schilling, president of the Motorsport South Africa Off Road Car Racing Commission and the SA National Off Road Racing Association (SANORA), during the official launch of the 2012 event at a news conference in Gaborone, capital city of Botswana.

In his address Schilling said that the inclusion of the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race in the Dakar Challenge provides another tremendous lift for African off road racing on the international stage. He noted that “inclusion in the Dakar Challenge adds another dimension to the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race, already the biggest annual sports and social event in Botswana”.

The announcement was welcomed by Ferdi de Vos, General Manager for Motorsport at Toyota South Africa Motors. “This new status will boost the event image even further, not only in Southern Africa, but also internationally.

“This year’s race is now one of only two events worldwide that, as part of the Dakar Challenge, will afford amateur car crews the opportunity to compete in the 2013 Dakar Rally in South America,” he said.

“It also serves to enhance the association Toyota already has with Dakar after the fantastic performance of the Imperial Toyota South Africa Hilux team in South America earlier this year with Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz finishing third overall and Duncan Vos and Rob Howie coming in tenth overall... Click here to read the rest @

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