Champions Ready For Redemption At Vryheid 400 With Upgraded Nwm Ford Rangers

Champions Ready for Redemption at Vryheid 400 with Upgraded NWM Ford Rangers

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PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa, 20 May 2024 – The Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) Ford Rally-Raid Team is gearing up for a strong comeback at the second round of the South African Rally-Raid Championship (SARRC). The team will compete in the inaugural PS Laser Promac Vryheid 400, scheduled for 24 and 25 May 2024, in KwaZulu-Natal. In…

Champions Ready For Redemption At Vryheid 400 With Upgraded Nwm Ford Rangers

PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa, 20 May 2024 – The Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) Ford Rally-Raid Team is gearing up for a strong comeback at the second round of the South African Rally-Raid Championship (SARRC). The team will compete in the inaugural PS Laser Promac Vryheid 400, scheduled for 24 and 25 May 2024, in KwaZulu-Natal.

In the opening round at Malalane, the EcoBoost V6-powered NWM Ford Rangers displayed remarkable performance. However, minor technical issues hindered their final results. With these glitches resolved, the team is ready to take on the new challenges presented by this fresh and exciting event.

Lance Woolridge and Kenny Gilbert (#234), piloting their newly updated Shell-liveried NWM Ford Ranger, exhibited impressive speed at the season opener. Unfortunately, a broken driveshaft early in the main race relegated them to 11th place in the Ultimate class. Their pace following repairs indicates they will be strong contenders in Vryheid.

Reigning champions Gareth Woolridge and Boyd Dreyer (#200) were on track for a podium finish in their NWM Ford Ranger before a water pump bearing failure forced them to retire. Determined to make a strong comeback, they are set to perform exceptionally well in what is essentially the home event for the Pietermaritzburg-based team.

“The performance of our cars at the season opener in Malalane was outstanding. Both crews started strong, and it’s unfortunate we encountered two unprecedented technical issues. We’ve diagnosed and rectified these problems and are looking forward to the all-new race in Vryheid,” said Neil Woolridge, NWM Ford team principal.

The NWM-supported privateer team of Wors Prinsloo and Andre Vermeulen (#241) will also return to action. They finished a commendable eighth in the Ultimate class at the opening race in their NWM Ford Ranger.

The PS Laser Promac Vryheid 400 will follow the Super Event format. It starts with a 15km qualifying race on Friday, 24 May at 09:30, determining the starting order for the 38km opening stage in the afternoon at 13:00.

On Saturday, 25 May, the teams will complete two 174km race loops starting at 07:30, with a mandatory 30-minute service break at the designated service park (DSP) and race headquarters at the Vryheid Flying Club.

The challenging and scenic route through the mountainous Vryheid area in northern KwaZulu-Natal promises varied terrain. Competitors will navigate lowlands, mealie fields, rivers, steep mountains with rocky sections, and faster routes in timber plantations.

Fans can follow the action and track the crews’ positions throughout the races using the RallySafe app, available for iOS and Android devices from the respective app stores.


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