MOTORITE DUO IN DESERT FIGHTBACK

Hutchinson & Stassen keen to make up for 2014 Desert Race disappointment
 
The Toyota 1000 Kalahari Botswana Desert Race evokes mixed emotions for Motorite Racing duo Evan Hutchinson and Danie Stassen. They dominated the Special Vehicle race to win in 2012 and were once again in a strong lead after 998km last year, when their Motorite BAT caught fire literally within sight of the finish. It was a heartbreaking retirement after a dominant performance.
 
Hutchinson and Stassen want to put that memory behind them on the same race 26-28 June this year and how better  to do that than reflect on their 2012 Desert Race victory? That especially since the Motorite team goes into the only marathon race of the season through the Botswana desert tied in the championship points lead with chief rivals Lance Trethewey and Geoff Minnitt, after sharing a win and a second with them in the opening Donaldson SA Cross Country Championship rounds this year.
 
“Last year is not a race we want to remember,” four-time SA Special Vehicle champion Hutchinson admitted. “But we go into the weekend knowing that we dominated ninety-nine percent of that one. “We just need to go all the way on Sunday – to bring it home again like we did in 2012.”
 
“It’s going to be a great race,” Stassen added. “We go in on even points with Lance and Geoff, so the championship race is tighter than ever – let’s hope we come back with an advantage next week. “The Desert Race is the longest Cross Country race of the year it and takes the greatest effort and preparation, so we’ve been working flat out to get everything right, so now we can’t wait to race!”
 
The Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race runs out of Botswana village Jwaneng, with a 100km qualifying race to determine grid positions Friday afternoon followed by two 225km racing loops Saturday and two further 210km loops on Sunday.
 
“I think we’re ready,” Hutchinson declared. “And I think the Motorite BAT Venom is ready too!”