It is going to be a very busy year for the ATS Racing crew of and it has been confirmed that they will contest the South African Cross Country Series
Brian Joss – (SACCS) – which kicks off with the Lichtenberg 400, today, Friday, March 31.
The pair, fresh from a second place overall on the opening round of the National Rally Championship, will compete in off-road racing in a Class S Ford Ranger and continue their partnership which has started to so well in their Fiesta rally car. They will be the only crew in the country contesting both championships.
Leeke, who turned 21 earlier this month, has taken to driving the 200 kW truck like a duck to water if their shake-down testing is anything to go by.
“It is very different from anything else I’ve raced before,” admitted Leeke, who came up through the ranks of karting, Legend racing and the junior classes of rallying. “With all that power and torque from a four-litre straight six and four-wheel-drive, it is tremendous fun in the rough and the suspension can really soak up some big hits.
“But Henry and I won’t get carried away and our immediate goal is to learn and observe, and get to know our new working environment. There are six rounds to the series and our longer-term goal is to complete every kilometre of every event and be in a position to have a full go at the championship in year or two.”
Proceedings get underway in the often-dusty North West province town at 2pm today with a 50 kilometre dash to determine grid positions, and the race gets underway at 8.30am on Saturday, April 1.
Race headquarters, the start/finish and designated service park with all be located at the Lichtenburg show ground on the outskirts of Lichtenburg, with public entry to the areas and spectator points along the route free of charge.