Following their triple top-ten finishes and a 1-2-3-4 victory in the T1 Adventure class at the Vryheid 400, Red-Lined Motorsport is gearing up for the crucial three-day marathon, the third round of the South African Rally-Raid Championship. This event, the TGRSA Safari 1000, will take place in the Waterberg region of Limpopo Province from June 21-23.

"This is the most significant event in the South African Rally-Raid Championship and a formidable challenge for our teams," says Red-Lined team principal Terence Marsh. "Additionally, the new Safari 1000, previously held in Botswana, will be under FIA scrutiny as a potential round of the 2025 W2RC World Championship. There's also an opportunity for amateur crews to compete for the Road to Dakar prize, which grants free entry to the Dakar Rally. Our goal remains consistent: to achieve the best possible outcomes for all five of our factory crews."

Chris Visser in the Revo T1

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South African Rally-Raid legend Chris Visser and his steadfast navigator Albertus Venter head to Limpopo following a strong start to the season in their new Red-Lined REVO T1+ GT-R. They finished fifth overall and were the top non-major manufacturer team at Vryheid, after a solid sixth-place debut in the first round. This experienced duo will aim for a fast yet clean run in this third round of the Championship.

They will be supported by two of the team’s three international crews in additional REVO T1+ GTRs, as Red-Lined Motorsport continues to learn, develop, and refine these new race cars. Red-Lined Europe CEO Rients Hofstra will again team up with local driver Wade Harris for their second outing in the REVO T1+ GTR. Meanwhile, the reliable Dutch pair Dave Klaassen and Tessa Rooth return in their DaklaPack Rallysport REVO T1+ GTR. Young 19-year-old Dutchman Pim Klaassen and local navigator Rikus Hattingh will complete the team’s FIA T1 Ultimate class effort in their DaklaPack Red-Lined REVO T1+ V8.

Phillip Botha and  Roelof Janse van Vuuren in the Red-Lined Revo backed by Penta

In the T1 Adventure class, the factory duo of Philip Botha and Roelof Janse van Vuren in their Penta Motor Group VK56 will seek another dominant performance. They will be strongly supported by privateers Gerhard and Rudi Heinlein in their similar Sirkel N VK56, and Vryheid 400 class winners Johan de Bruyn and Adriaan Roets in their Falken Tyres REVO T1.

"Red-Lined Motorsport has experience racing at the Waterberg, but never in a three-day marathon event like the new Safari 1000," concludes Terence Marsh. "While it's certainly a challenge, we are prepared and eager to tackle it. Our aim is to secure excellent team results and hopefully bring home the coveted Dakar entry. Exciting times lie ahead!"

Colin Windell