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Leeke dominates Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race roll of honour
information supplied by: Cross Country Commission (Media) 01 June 2008

234279 With eight victories spread over 25 years veteran South African co-driver Richard Leeke leads the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race roll of honour.

Leeke’s first win on the classic race came in 1984 with his eighth win coming last year as a stand-in co-driver. With Ralph Pitchford on overseas duty Leeke stepped into the breach and partnered Duncan Vos, in a Sasol Nissan Navara, to Nissan’s sixth straight win in Botswana.

Leeke’s first Toyota Desert Race win came in 1984 with Paddy Driver in a Mitsubishi Pajero. Subsequent victories came with Kassie Coetzee (2) and Philip Malan (1) in Toyota Hilux entries, and with Hannes Grobler (3) in Nissan Hardbody entries.

Leeke is this year competing for the first time in more than 20 years in the Special Vehicle category. He is paired with Brandon Harcus in a Motorite BAT.

Not far behind Leeke in terms of wins is former South African champion Apie Reyneke. Multiple SA champion Reyneke won the Desert Race six times with his first win with Lucas Dreyer in a Nissan Safari in 1987.

Reyneke won again with Dreyer, in a Toyota Land Cruiser, in 1994 and then scored four victories – all for Toyota – with Robin Houghton. Toyota stalwart Houghton, who made his off road debut in 1995, and former SA champion Hannes Grobler each have four wins.

Houghton and Grobler are still competing and this year will be looking for win number five. Grobler’s first victory came in 1986 with former Motorsport SA Off Road Car Racing Commision president Piet Swanepoel, but he had to wait until 2002 for his next win with Leeke.

The father and son combination of Franz Czepek senior and junior also have four wins to their credit. The pair won three times in a row between 1997 and 1999 and again in 2001.

Buks Carolin and Neil Woolridge, who is still competing, each have three victories. Woolridge won for the first time in 1996 with Paul Vermaak in a Nissan Sani, and has twice won with Kenny Skjoldhammer for Ford.

The Special Vehicle category has only three times been won by a singleseater. Des Tarboton (1982) and Rob Wark (1994) were joined in 1996 by Marius Beaurain when he won in a Mighty Mag.

But perhaps the most famous victory of all goes back to 1985. That was the year SA rally champions Geoff Mortimer and Spotti Woodhead tackled the event in an Audi Quattro and pulverised the opposition.

MOTOR VEHICLES

1975 - Giel Lamprecht/Chris Hawkin - Ford F250
1976 - Giel Lamprecht/Chris Hawkin - Ford F250
1977 - Micky & Sheila Osborne-Thompson - Audi Special
1978 - Robin Tilney/Hugh Beswick - Toyota Land Cruiser
1979 - Petra Marais/Mervyn Woods - Kartkraft Sprinter
1980 - Des Tarboton - Sandmaster
1981 - Petra Marais/Selwyn Robinson - Kartkraft Sprinter
1982 - Des Tarboton - Sandmaster
1983 - Hennie Reyneke/Mike Fourie - Nissan Safari
1984 - Paddy Driver/Richard Leeke - Mitsubishi Pajero
1985 - Geoff Mortimer/Brian Woodhead - Audi Quattro
1986 - Hannes Grobler/Piet Swanepoel - Nissan Safari
1987 - Apie Reyneke/Lucas Dreyer - Nissan Safari
1988 - Andre Kock/Koos Coetzee - Toyota Land Cruiser
1989 - Philip Malan/Richard Leeke - Toyota Hilux
1990 - Richard Schilling/Fred Levesque - Chenowth
1991 - Klaus Degener/Derrick Pinnoy - Chenowth
1992 - Kassie Coetzee/Richard Leeke (Production) - Toyota Hilux
- Craig Hopkinson/Martin Spencer (Special) - VW
1993 - Kassie Coetzee/Richard Leeke (Production) - Toyota Hilux
- John Lambert/Eric Scholtz (Special) - Digidoor Porsche
1994 - Apie Reyneke/Lucas Dreyer (Production) - Toyota Land Cruiser
- Robert Wark (Special) - Raceco
1995 - Apie Reyneke/Robin Houghton (Production) - Toyota Land Cruiser
- Richard Carolin/Buks Carolin (Special) - Raceco
1996 - Neil Woolridge/Paul Vermaak (Production) - Nissan Sani
- Marius Beaurain (Special) - Mighty Mag
1997 - Apie Reyneke/Robin Houghton (Production) - Toyota Land Cruiser
- Franz Czepek (Snr)/Franz Czepek (Jnr)(Special) - Raceco
1998 - Apie Reyneke/Robin Houghton (Production) - Toyota Land Cruiser
- Franz Czepek (Snr)/Franz Czepek (Jnr)(Special) - Raceco
1999 - Apie Reyneke/Robin Houghton (Production) - Toyota Land Cruiser
- Franz Czepek (Snr)/Franz Czepek (Jnr)(Special) - Raceco
2000 - Mark Corbett/Juan Mohr (Special) - Jimco
- Neil Woolridge/ Kenny Skjoldhammer (Production) - Mitsubishi Pajero
2001 - Franz Czepek (Snr)/Franz Czepek (Jnr) (Special) - Chenowth
- Neil Woolridge/ Kenny Skjoldhammer (Production) - Ford
2002 - Hannes Grobler / Richard Leeke (Production) - Nissan
- Greg Daus / VZ van Zyl (Special) - Raceco
2003 - Hannes Grobler / Richard Leeke (Production) - Nissan
- John Weir-Smith / Geoff Minnitt Special) - Jimco
2004 - Hannes Grobler / Richard Leeke (Production) - Nissan
- Atang Makgekgenene / Buks Carolin (Special) - Jimco
2005 - Alfie Cox/Ralph Pitchford (Production) - Nissan
- Atang Makgekgenene/Buks Carolin (Special) - Jimco
2006 - Hannes Grobler / Francois Jordaan - Nissan
- Nick & Ryan Harper - BAT
2007 - Duncan Vos / Richard Leeke - Nissan
Karl-Heinz Sullwald / Quintin Sullwald - Zarco

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