2008 schedule released with changes

ABSA OFF ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP DATE CHANGES Clashes with other major events have forced two date changes to this year's Absa Off Road Championship calendar. The affected events are the Eastern Cape 1 000 and the Sun City 400. Originally scheduled...

ABSA OFF ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP DATE CHANGES

Clashes with other major events have forced two date changes to this year's Absa Off Road Championship calendar.

The affected events are the Eastern Cape 1 000 and the Sun City 400. Originally scheduled for April 11, 12 and 13 the Eastern Cape 1 000 has been put back a week and will now run from April 18 to 20.

The Sun City 400 has been brought forward by a week. Originally scheduled for August 1 and 2 the event will now run on July 25 and 26.

"The changes were brought about by circumstances beyond our control," said Motorsport SA Off Road Car Racing Commission president Piet Swanepoel. "The changes are unfortunate but at the same time we are delighted to have a national championship event in the Eastern Cape."

The Eastern Cape race, to be run over three days and 1 000 kilometres, joins the flagship Toyota 1 000 Desert Race in Botswana as the only two 'marathon' events on the calendar. The Eastern Cape event will be organised by the Algoa Motorsport Club with route director Joe Fourie at the helm of the organising team.

"Joe and his team have done a fantastic job with the VW Rally for many years," said Swanepoel. "With their flair for organisation and attention to detail the event is certain to be a huge success.

"The area also has some wonderful off road racing terrain and the route is sure to be interesting, scenic and hugely challenging."

The start, finish and designated service point will all be situated at Mac Arthur's Pool along the Kings Beach Promenade. Race headquarters will be at the King's Beach Garden Court.

-credit: msa

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