Jwaneng mining town will be the place to be in the last week of June 2018 when the popular Toyota 1000km Desert Race (TDR) is held in the area once again.
Arguably the single biggest sporting and tourism event in Botswana the three-day race is expected to attract multitudes of supporters, race drivers and their support teams to the sleepy mining town. Jwaneng Town Council announced the event dates this week. The announcement made through social media confirmed the dates between 22nd and 24th June 2018 as race week.
The announcement ended speculation that the crowd pulling motorsport event will be moved to a more challenging desert terrain in the Ghanzi area. Ghanzi would have possibly proven to be more of a logistical challenge for both spectators and drivers and riders. The race, which forms part of the South African Off championship, is one of the longest and biggest races of its kind in the African continent.
Racing teams and drivers have come from different parts of the world to compete in the race that is gruelling to both men and machine. This year, the race organised by SANORA is expected to grow even bigger and provide much need publicity and economic spin offs for the Jwaneng community and surrounding areas. Nevertheless the race has seen main sponsors Toyota exerting sheer dominance in the past four years since the event relocated to Jwaneng.
The V8 powered Toyota Hilux twin cab piloted by the likes of Gene De Villiers and Leeroy Poulter have been competing against themselves what has become a raging and intriguing inter team battle. The high speed and high stakes event has seen Toyota leaving behind rival manufacturers in the elite FIA class with only Ford Rangers and Renault Dusters competing in the same category.
The multiclass race event also features other categories including the special vehicle, two wheeler and quad bike categories. The 2017 TDR production car class was won by super star driver Gene De Villiers who is currently competing in the epic 2018 Dakar rally held in South America.