ABSA National Off Road Championship


19 July, 2010 Pretoria – The Team Ford Racing crew left the Sun City 400 with mixed emotions. Teenager and national racing newcomer Lance Woolridge took his second Class E victory of the year with Ward Huxtable calling the notes. The pair now lead Class E championship and are proving a dominant combination despite their newcomer status.

Lance and Ward lead home the privateer Ford pair of Gerald le Roux and Willem Pretorius making it a one-two for the blue oval in class E.

“It was a great result for us,” commented Lance. “It was a tough event for everyone and that only makes the victory that much more rewarding. We’d like to thank everyone in the team for their efforts. We have a great package and we are determined to fight for the class E championship title.”

While Lance and Ward’s result was a welcome one, a difficult outing for Neil Woolridge and Kenny Skjoldhammer illustrated the extreme highs and lows of Off Road Racing. Neil and Kenny’s Ford Racing Ranger TDCi suffered three punctures on what was an extremely difficult outing with a number of the leading SP cars suffering a variety of maladies.

“It was a difficult event for us. We made some adjustments to the car prior to the event and unfortunately it didn’t play to our favour, having said that the car once again proved reliable. In the end all was not lost, a lot of the championship contenders struggled to finish so we are pleased that we managed to pick up some valuable points.”

The next round of the championship, the 4×4 Mega World 400, will take place on the weekend of August 27 and 28 at Carnival City.

“The cars emerged from the Sun City 400 relatively unscathed, which means we can put all our efforts in to testing the Ranger TDCi’s ahead of the next round,” concludes Woolridge