Ford Ranger’s South Africa Dream Debut


The new Ford Ranger enjoyed an amazing debut at its first time out at round one of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship – the RFS 400 – held in Magaliesburg.

Ford Ranger

The biggest win of the day went to Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable who scored a victory ahead of teammates Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst – and what a victory it was!

Lance Woolridge became the youngest person in South African history to win a national championship race, as well as his first prologue. According to his father, Neil Woolridge (Ford Racing team Principal) Lance “was completely overwhelmed and ecstatic about his first national win. It’s something he’s dreamed about ever since he started racing and to finally achieve it is a dream come true.”

Whilst only in his 6th year of racing, and 3rd full year in the premier SP class of the Donaldson Cross Country championship, Lance seems to have an incredibly bright future ahead of him and already plans on racing overseas, “representing his country in the Dakar Rally and other international cross country events.” For Neil, what’s been almost as surprising as his son’s win has been the “unbelievable” public response, because “in a sport that is dominated by more experienced competitors it’s refreshing to see a young man come into the sport and achieve [success] so early in his career.”

Neil then goes on to say, “In a sport where there is so much emphasis on endurance and reliability of all the vehicle components, it is imperative to have a partner like Castrol. Together we are constantly looking at new products and share many ideas to make sure our products reach the finish in first position.”

It is with great pleasure that Castrol congratulates these teams and Lance in particular, and as Nandi Canning (PR and Sponsorship Manager at Castrol South Africa) puts it “Castrol, as a sponsor of the Ford Racing team, is incredibly proud to be involved with such a special win, and the pride we get from supporting teams who flourish as much as this is what we strive for.”