The Castrol Toyota Hilux team is ready to do battle once again in 2014. Reigning cross country champions Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy will debut the Dakar-spec independent rear suspension version of Toyota’s Hilux in this weekend's opening round in pursuit of their second and Toyota’s 17th cross country championship. Toyota will be chasing its eighth manufacturers’ championship and seventh in succession. Backing the champions will be the new combination of Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie in the second Dakar-spec Hilux in which Poulter and Howie finished a creditable 33rd in the Dakar Rally in Poulter’s first appearance in the world’s longest and toughest motor race.
The opening round of the championship, the RFS 450 in Harrismith on February 28 and March 1, breaks new ground by moving to the Free State after being based at Tarlton International Raceway in recent seasons.
“We are delighted to see the Donaldson Cross Country Championship moving to new areas, this brings new challenges as far as the team is concerned, but it also allows us to reach our supporters in the area" says Team Principal Glyn Hall.
Race headquarters, the start/finish and the designated service park for the RFS 450 will be at the La La Nathi resort on the outskirts of Harrismith. The qualifying race to determined grid positions will start at 11:30 on Friday, February 28 and the race at 08:30 on Saturday, March 1.
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Toyota Motorsport South Africa Acknowledges Its Sponsors and Specialist Official Supplier and Technical Partners
Toyota enjoys a mutually beneficial relationship with Castrol, Toyota Financial Services, Imperial Toyota Group, Innovation Group, Bosch, DeWalt, Donaldson, Edgecam, Ferodo, 4x4 Mega World, NGK, SKF and Spanjaard.