Team Toyota once more dominated the 1000 km Toyota Kalahari Desert Race over the weekend in Jwaneng with its drivers occupying all the first three spots. Leeroy Poulter, who has to himself close to three decades experience in motorsport and his co-driver Robert Howie, finished on pole position to become the 2016 champion with his colleague and the winner of the previous edition, Anthony Taylor coming second.
Taylor, who won the championship last year, started 13 minutes after Poulter had left as a penalty for an offence committed on Saturday and this presented Poulter with an opportunity to grab the first spot. The third position was taken by Conrad Rautenbach, who completed the race in a time 6 hours 7 minutes.
Toyota was winning the race for the third-year running and previous winners; Nissan only managed fourth position after Johan van Staden who was driving Nissan Navara took a time of 6 hours 14 minutes to finish the race. The Kalahari Desert Race, which has become a popular event in the country’s events calendar, attracted a substantial number of spectators and is used by Botswana Tourism Board (BTO) to promote the Botswana’s tourism sector.