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2014-11-14 10:02

TEAM RHIDE SA: Brian Baragwanath (left) and Hannes Saaijman, the two riders comprising Team Rhide SA, will take on the 2015 Dakar Rally for the first time. Image: Team Rhide SA

Team Rhide SA, comprising of riders Brian Baragwanath and Hannes Saaijman, will take on the 2015 Dakar Rally in January.

Brian has won multiple titles in the quad category in the SA Nationals, SA National off-road, local Pro events and a top finish in the AMA ATVA Nationals in the USA. Saaijman achieved victory in the 2014 Q2 Class Challenge and is a veteran off-road rider.

Both riders will tackle the tough Dakar for the first time in the quad category.

RIDING FOR RHINOS

Team Rhide SA is riding for the Save The Rhino campaign, hoping to raise international awareness of the rhino poaching epidemic in South Africa.

Baragwanath said: "I always wanted to compete in the Dakar this is one event that has always been on my to do bucket list the same applies to Hannes and in 2015 it’s all going to happen.

"We have spent months preparing and it’s all coming together nicely with some great very generous sponsors and partners such as Melicia Labuschagne, GM of Liqui Moly SA, hopefully there will be more coming on board before the end of the year, as the entry fee for this event cost a fortune.

General manager of sponsor Liqui Moly, Melicia Labuschagne, said: “The Rhino awareness branding and the coverage the Team Rhide SA has arranged along with their sheer hard work and determination, not to mention they are both great national riders, Brain has also supported our brand for a number of years, all this got us involved with the team.

“Team Rhide SA will be creating maximum exposure for the SA Rhinos and their sponsors. The Dakar is the largest motorsport spectacle on the planet with over four-million spectators in South America and is televised to 190 countries with a viewership of a billion.

FUNDING NEEDED

Baragwanath added: “We're still hoping for a lot more help to make ends meet and welcome any new sponsors.

“Non-Discretionary donations are also welcome at any amount and any remaining funds will be kept for the Dakar 2016 Team, Rhide SA will then continue to take the countries best riders to Dakar every year.”

Any new sponsors and supporters for the team can call Brian (083 636 6156), Clive (083 627 4767) or there media team leader, Elza (082 458 8517). For more information visit Team Rhide SA's webpage and follow their progress on Facebook and Twitter

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