Headline sponsor named for SA Cross-Country series

  • Total takes up main sponsor role
  • Six races planned through 2017
  • Five car categories designated
THERE FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT: Leading SA Motorsport personalities gathered for the sponsor announcement, among them (from left) Total’s general manager for lubricants and specialities Chris Walkinshaw, FIA Cross-Country president Richard Schilling, MD / CEO of Total SA Pierre-Yves Sachet and SACCS CEO Siegfried Rousseau. Image: Supplied
THERE FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT: Among the leading SA Motorsport personalities gathered for the sponsor announcement were (from left) Total’s general manager for lubricants and specialities Chris Walkinshaw, FIA Cross-Country president Richard Schilling, MD / CEO of Total SA Pierre-Yves Sachet and SACCS CEO Siegfried Rousseau. Image: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Fuel and lubricants company Total SA has announced a year’s sponsorship of the SA Cross-Country Motor Racing Series.

The company is already sponsoring the Toyota Gazoo Racing team.

Total will supply fuel for all six events through the year – five in South Africa and one in Botswana – for all cross-country vehicles, motorcycles and quad bikes.

The series will be known, rather wordily The Corner thinks, as the South African Cross-Country Series Powered by Total. Each event will have a qualifying race on day one to sort start slots for the race on day two.

There will be five classes in the car category: two- and all-wheel drive. The bike/quad category will have 11.

‘PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS’

Total SA’s boss Pierre-Yves Sachet told The Corner in a media release: “Total has an ambitious growth plan for coming years to improve the visibility of our products. The series will focus on our fuel and the Toyota Gazoo Racing team of Giniel de Villiers and Leeroy Poulter.

“The professional way in which the series has been presented and its attraction for international teams will bring us additional benefits and we look forward to an exciting calendar.”

FOLLOW THE RACES ONLINE

The first 2017 event will be in Lichtenburg, South Africa, at the end of March. Race HQ, start/finish and service park will be at the town’s showgrounds. Public entry there and at route viewpoints will be free.

Cross-country enthusiasts can follow every event on the free downloadable RallySafe app for Apple and Android devices.

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