Reigning South African champions Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy led a Toyota lockout of the podium positions on the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race, round four of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, which ended the past Sunday.
Taylor and Murphy finished 32 seconds clear of Team Castrol Toyota Hilux team-mates Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie, with privateers Johan and Werner Horn, in the Malalane Toyota Hilux, continuing their dream start to their premier Class T career with their third podium place in three races.
The Horn brothers were around 10 minutes behind Poulter and Howie, but never dropped out of the top three throughout.
The win for Taylor/Murphy, their second in a row in Botswana, also took them to the top of the Production Vehicle championship.
The race counted for double points with Taylor/Murphy moving clear of Atlas Corpco Ford Racing crew Manfred Schroder and Japie Badenhorst, with the two teams tied at the top of the ladder going into the Toyota 1000 Desert Race.
“It was just about the perfect weekend, we had no major issues but there is always a little extra pressure for the factory team on the Desert Race.
A clean sweep was reward for plenty of hard work from the entire team,” said Taylor.