Toyota 1-2 in tough Sun City 400
Toyota Hilux crew Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy took their third consecutive win. After the two factory teams had traded blows throughout the weekend Glynn Hall's Toyota squad finally scored a technical knockout over Ford Racing in the Production Vehicle category on the Sun City 400, Round 5 of the SA Cross Country Championship. Hilux crew Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy took their third consecutive win, followed home by reigning South African champions and team mates Duncan Vos and Rob Howie.
Victory for Taylor and Murphy completed a perfect weekend for the pair who arrived in the Pilanesberg on the back of wins in the Sugarbelt 400 and Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race. The pair also won Friday's prologue to make sure they started at the front of the field - a crucial factor on a fast and dusty route.
Taylor said afterwards: "Duncan and Rob pushed us all the way. Running at the front of the field mostly did away with the dust problem, but the pathfinder role is always difficult.
The only change in the pecking order among the first five came at the end of the first of two loops that made up the race. A small overshoot dropped Visser and Badenhorst behind Woolridge and Huxtable - but the status quo was restored on the second loop.
Deon Venter and Ian Palmer (Toyota Hilux) produced their best performance of the season to finish sixth with former champions Jannie Visser and Joks le Roux (Toyota Hilux) and Hugo de Bruyn and Henri Hugo (Toyota Hilux) completing the top eight.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Independent on Saturday