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TIORC Barberspan 500 2023: Treasurey Hilux chasing a debut triple

De Klerk out to make it three out of three at Barberspan

TreasuryONE Racing driver Hennie de Klerk is out to turn his TreasuryONE FIA T1+ Toyota Hilux debut victory a few weeks ago, into an epic double, or even triple win on the trot at TIORC regional cross country double header at the Barberspan 500 on the weekend of 5 and 6 May.

De Klerk and Adriaan Roets stormed to a sensational debut win against a highly competitive field abord the brand new machine at the season-opening Stella race and now Hennie fully intends to extend his title advantage with new notes man Juan Mohr at his side in race 2 as the classic Barberspan 500 rally raid returns as part of the TIORC season.

“Stella was a wonderful result, but I’d like to believe that’s only the start!” Hennie de Klerk smiled, “The new car was fantastic to drive right out the box, so now that we have had a race to get to know it and dial the TreasuryONE FIA T1+ Toyota Hilux in a bit, there’s no reason we cannot do the same again at Barberspan.

“We also have a change of staff for Barberspan,” Hennie pointed out. “I have had a fantastic run with Adriaan at my side, but looking ahead to Dakar 2024, we have opted for a navigator who also has significant technical skills. “We have made the change now, to ensure that Juan Mohr and I can also build up a strong relationship long before we head to the Dakar.

“In a nutshell, Juan has six Dakars under his belt, both as navigator and crew for Century Racing, and I have opted for his combined experience and technical skills over and above his navigation experience. I would like to thank Adriaan for his incredible contribution to our TreasuryONE racing efforts, but we now look forward to a new era as I build up to the Dakar with Juan in the Hilux T1+.

“So, Juan and I are ready, our WCT engineered T1+ Hilux proved a winner out the box and Tjaart van der Walt has been hard at work refining the package. That debut victory was a dream result, so a repeat win, or two, would be even cooler!”

TreasuryONE Racing is racing its new FIA T1+ Toyota Hilux in the TIORC in preparation for 2018 rookie winner de Klerk’s third Dakar Rally in 2024. The WCT Engineering machine is designed to deliver serious amateur drivers with a vehicle capable of taking on the best, while still racing on a reasonable budget.


Souve TreasuryONE Motorsport via Motorsport Media

Morocco Desert Challenge 2023: Red-Lined conquers blazing Morocco

Four Red-Lined VK56s finish extreme race of attrition

In what many consider to have been one of the toughest ever Rally Raid events in history, four Red-Lined entries successfully completed the 8-day 3000km Morocco Desert Challenge in Merzouga over the weekend. With an overall finishing ratio of just 30% from the original field of 90 starters, the event turned out to be extremely tough and challenging on man and machine

With ambient temperatures soaring beyond 40 degrees Celsius, and in-car conditions approaching 60C throughout the week of racing, the tough, demanding and blisteringly hot race challenged competitors and support crews to their absolute limits. Exhaustion and heatstroke were the order of the day, while components, fuel and lubricants cooked in the intense temperatures.

Difficult navigation added to the challenge, leading to many a crew becoming stranded in the desert overnight, and organisers having to shorten stages as attrition rates dramatically increased. Less than a third of all starters eventually made it to the finish. Yet through all of that, four proudly South African Red-Lined VK56 race cars managed to complete all stages.

Dutch Red-Lined Europe crew of Rients Hofstra and Evert Boersma stormed home second in class and eighth overall. Belgian crew Vincent Vroninks and Kris Hendrickx followed in fourth in class and 12th overall aboard their Dragon Energy Drink VK56 while Belgian driver Stefan Carmans and Dutch navigator Arjan Van Tiel came home fifth in class and 15th overall aboard their CSA Racing VK56. And to round it all up, another Belgian crew, Jan de Vos and David Jansen came home 23rd overall in their Desert Foxx Racing VK56.

“That's a wrap of one of the toughest Rally Raid events I have come across in the last 25 years ,” Red-Lined CEO Terence Marsh concluded. “With temperatures beyond forty degrees throughout and cabin conditions reaching sixty degrees, the Morocco Desert Challenge was really not one for the faint hearted. Man and machine were clearly not designed to operate in these extreme hot conditions.
So a huge shout out to all our customer teams who successfully managed to finish this torturous race among the less than a third of the crews that set off on this adventure. Morocco also adds to our fairy tale start to the racing season at Red-Lined. We scored a FIA class 1-2 at the Dakar, another 1-2 class result at the opening round of the South African Rally Raid Championship, and then another class win with our VK56 at the Tuareg Rally.
All in all, the Morocco Desert Challenge was another really successful event for us as a team. Together with our Partners at Desert Foxx Racing, we once again had many learnings and gained some valuable insights, along with a whole lot of critical data in extreme conditions. Most of all however, the 2023 Morocco Desert Challenge was an extreme adventure that none of us will ever easily forget!”

*Red-Lined Motorsport competes with premium strategic partners, the Penta Motor Group, BFGoodrich Tires, Motul, Dragon Energy, PentaSure, OMP Racing, ExpandaSign and Wheel Collision.


Red-Lined Motorsport via Motorsport Media

Morocco Desert Challenge 2023: Extreme heat and first dunes

Today half of the Morocco Desert Challenge is over. It seems like a long time since all participating vehicles were photographed on the beach near Agadir.
After an overwhelming start by Boss Machinery Team De Rooy, the team had to settle for second place behind Vick Versteijnen today, just like yesterday. Driver Janus van Kasteren, mechanic Darek Rodewald and navigator Marcel Snijders could soon forget a flawless stage. A gap was not seen in time and the impact that followed broke two spring leaves at the rear. Later, a front spring leaf also broke. To get to the finish, you had to drive very conservatively.
After the mandatory “sandwich break” halfway through the special stage, problems arose with the cooling. One of the batteries that should help with this had failed. Cause: the extreme heat. And it's going to get even hotter. A point of concern for the service team.
The nights are also warm with temperatures above twenty degrees and hardly give any chance for real cooling. It will be a few degrees warmer in the coming days. A mix with the Dutch weather would give an ideal temperature. The professionals of Team De Rooy are capable of a lot, but they have no control over the weather. It is therefore a matter of learning how to deal with the circumstances as well as possible.
Today brought the participants over fast paths with stones, but on the other hand, a first batch of dunes had to be conquered over a distance of forty kilometers. Despite today's malheur, the team of Boss Machinery Team De Rooy finished just behind winner Versteijnen.
Mechanic Darek Rodewald puffed a few more times afterwards: “I've only had it this hot once before when we drove in China. Really really hot!” The mercury rose well above forty degrees Celsius again today. In a cabin that quickly means a temperature of fifty to sixty degrees. Incredibly tough for the participants. Overheating is always lurking.
This day it was not only the heat that was a topic of conversation in the bivouac. Unfortunately, the rally was overshadowed by a fatal accident in which a buggy collided and caught fire. One of the two occupants of the buggy lost their life. Tomorrow the rally caravan will continue as usual, but everyone is more aware of the fact that off-road rally sport is not a game without dangers.
Tomorrow's fifth stage will take the participants from Foum-Zguid to M'Hamid on the edge of the desert. Hopefully all participants will arrive there safely.
Source Team De Rooy

Morocco Desert Challenge 2023: Tragic incident at the Morocco Desert Challenge

From the official Xtreme Plus Facebook page: 
Tragic incident at the Morocco Desert Challenge
A tragic incident has occurred today during the Morocco Desert Challenge at km 54 of the special stage. The crew 237 made of Patrice Garrouste and Laurent Lichtleuchter was involved in an incident that saw another competitor hitting the Polaris on the co-driver side at a speed of 140 km/h. Because of the dust the visibility was very reduced. Due to the violent impact the machine fall apart and took fire. In the crash, Patrice Garrouste, the driver, suffered important burns, but always remained conscient and was able to exit the car. Unfortunately, the co-driver Laurent Lichtleuchter died instantly.
“This is a very sad news and we are profoundly grieved. We lose a dear friend who was part of the Xtremeplus family for 20 years. We have no words to express this lost. Our thought and condolences go to his family. He leaves three beautiful children”, said Marco Piana, Xtremeplus team owner and manager
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased Laurent Lichtleuchter, and our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Patrice Garrouste - RRN

Morocco Desert Challenge 2023: Anja van Loon returns strongly with a third fastest time

During the fourth day of the Morocco Desert Challenge, Anja van Loon will show what she is capable of. With another third time, she is fast and holds her own in the Iveco Powerstar. She got stuck twice in the dunes, but she quickly got free. She is therefore very satisfied.
“It went really well,” says Anja. “Yesterday we had a bad day, of course, but I'm glad everything is going well again. Today we also come straight back with the third fastest time, just half an hour behind the winner of the day. It also went well in the dunes, the truck is really a beast! This is fun though.”
The fifth stage of the rally goes from Foum Zguid to M'hamid over a stage of 335 kilometers. Navigation is very important here and iconic old Dakar routes are driven. The stage ends with a dune section through the Erg Chegaga and zigzagging through the camel grass.
Source Van Loon Racing
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