Ford Confident Of Strong Finish In Lydenburg


Team Ford Racing are hoping to once again take top honours in the Toyota Dealer 400. Former Team Ford Racing stalwarts Neil Woolridge and Kenny Skjoldhammer won the event last year making history as the first diesel contender ever to do so.

This year’s event takes place on April 8th and 9th in the Lydenburg area. South African champions and newcomers to the Ford team Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst will be looking to once again claim victory for the diesel Ford Ranger. The pair took the Production Vehicle and SP Class championships last year and will be going all out to maintain their crown in 2011.

“The opening round was a good opportunity for us to learn our way around the Ranger and get better acquainted with the team. It’s a big change for us but we recognised the potential in the car at the first event and we are definitely more confident this time out,” says Visser.

Rising Off Road star Lance Woolridge and navigator Ward Huxtable will move up to the SP Class from this event. It will be a steep learning curve for the young driver and his navigator but their focus will be on learning the ropes and gaining experience in the class.

 “We had not planned this, but circumstances lead us in this direction. It’s a big step but it’s a great opportunity to learn and gain experience in the top echelons of Off Road racing so we are excited about the prospects,” adds Woolridge.

The Blue Oval will also be represented by privateer teams:  Kobus van Tonder and Freddie Kriel who will be out in the Uni Freight Ford Ranger, and Louw de Bruin and Riaan Greyling who be looking for a strong finish in their Ruwacon Racing Ford Ranger.