Carnival: Spectator information

Spectator friendly Carnival City Casino 400. Competitors fighting for championships will be up to their eyeballs in stress -- but for motorsport enthusiasts the Carnival City Casino 400 on November 29 and 30, the final event of the Bankfin ...

Spectator friendly Carnival City Casino 400.

Competitors fighting for championships will be up to their eyeballs in stress -- but for motorsport enthusiasts the Carnival City Casino 400 on November 29 and 30, the final event of the Bankfin Off-Road Championship, will be a spectator friendly event.

A number of championship issues, including the overall drivers and co- drivers championships in both the Production and Special Vehicle categories, will be settled on the East Rand outing. With so much at stake competitors will be a little on edge, but enthusiasts will be able to spend a pleasant family entertainment weekend with an upgrade for many of the features that made last year's inaugural event such a success.

The popular "bring 'n braai" area will again be in operation, and provides a friendly atmosphere for friends and enthusiasts to get together in convivial surroundings. Access will be via Louw Street and directional signage will be displayed at the freeway exits.

Spectators at Carnival City Casino and Entertainment Centre situated in Brakpan will also have access to secure parking, fast food outlets, a beer tent and toilet facilities. The organisers, the Koepel Club, have also revamped the section of the route that passes through the Carnival City complex that now includes additional high-speed ramps to increase the spectacle.

This will provide enthusiasts with spectacular views of the action. Spectators will be able to see the cars three times from one vantage point within the complex, and will also be within close proximity of spectator points within a few kilometers of Carnival City.

Koepel Club chairman Willie Prinsloo said spectators wanting to go out on the route would have plenty of time to take in the action -- and get back to the designated service point and the finish at the Carnival City complex. Selected spectator points along the route will also offer fast food and beverage outlets and toilet facilities as well as a public address system.

Route and spectator guides will be available to the public at the start and finish. This year's route will again be run over three loops that will provide competitors with a tough finish to the season.

"Apart from the action out on the route the Carnival City complex also offers a wide variety of fun family entertainment," said general manager Rod Walker. "There is a little bit of everything for everyone, and hopefully the weather will be a little kinder to us than it was last year."

The weekend's action will get underway with the prologue, to determine grid positions, at 13:00 on Friday, November 29. This should provide plenty of action and will set the tone for what looks like developing into a highly dramatic weekend of world class off-road racing. The main event starts at 08:00 on Saturday, November 30.

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