HUMAN AUTO 400, BLOEMFONTEIN

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ABSA National Off Road Championship

Pretoria, 14 October, 2010 – Round seven of the Absa Off Road Championship takes place 22 – 23rd of October in Bloemfontein. Ford dealer Human Auto has come on board as the title sponsor for the Free State based event, and Team Ford Racing in their Ford Ranger TDCi’s will have extra motivation to put in a strong performance.

Neil Woolridge and Kenny Skjoldhammer will fly the flag for Ford in the ultra competitive SP class. With the event being new to the calendar, there will be plenty of unknowns in store for all the teams.

“We had a tough outing on the previous round but that only makes us more fired up,” says Neil. “We also welcome Human Auto to the Absa Off Road Championship and will be doing our best to give them something to celebrate.”

Also wanting to impress the Blue Oval supporters will be Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable in the Ford Ranger 3.0 TDCi. Lance made history on the recent Desert Race event when he became the youngest ever competitor to finish the 1000km grueling event. The result also cemented his status as log leader in Class E for production vehicles.

“We are in a good position to take the title however we can’t afford to let our guard down now. In motorsport there are never any certainties and we won’t be taking anything for granted,” commented Lance.

Waiting in the wings to cheer on the Ford Racing Team will be the team from Human Auto. The Bloemfontein dealership is the first Ford dealership to come on board as an event title sponsor in the Absa Off Road Championship series, demonstrating the continued growth of this premier racing discipline on the South African racing scene.

Human Auto is a family business established in Bloemfontein in 1950 by Barnie Human. A Kimberley dealership was opened in 1958 and a Welkom branch in 1960.

“At the core of the company’s existence is a desire to serve the greater community of the Free State and Northern Cape by enhancing prosperity and growth,” said Human Auto Director, Jacques Strydom. “By bringing a mainstream South African championship event to the Free State we believe we are living up to our mission statement.”

Human Auto will be going all out to ensure the event is one to be remembered and will be hosting a number of functions around the event in celebration of their 60th Anniversary.

“Human Auto has really embraced the event. Their enthusiasm is fantastic and we are looking forward to meeting the Free State supporters and putting on a good show for them,” concludes Neil Woolridge