Changes made to Eastern Cape 400

CHANGE OF SCENERY FOR ABSA OFF ROAD COMPETITORS There will be a change of scenery for the off road fraternity at the Eastern Cape 400, second round of the Absa Off Road Championship on April 17 and 18. The event has moved to surfing paradise...

CHANGE OF SCENERY FOR ABSA OFF ROAD COMPETITORS

There will be a change of scenery for the off road fraternity at the Eastern Cape 400, second round of the Absa Off Road Championship on April 17 and 18.

The event has moved to surfing paradise Jeffreys Bay with race headquarters, the designated service point and start and finish all based at the five star Mentorskraal Country Estate. Mentorskraal was established in 1990, is laid out above Jeffreys Bay and is conveniently situated close to the N2 highway.

The move from Port Elizabeth to Jeffreys Bay, however, does not mean competitors are in for a relaxing weekend. Event organisers in this year's Absa series have been encouraged to come up with more technical routes and the Algoa Motorsport Club -- as was the case on the season opening Adenco 400 in the Western Cape -- have done just that.

"Competitors are in for another true off road race," said clerk of the course Joe Fourie. "We will be making use of new roads in the Gamtoos and Melon areas, and the Longmore Forest section will again be rough and technical with a lot of negative camber corners.

"It is going to be a stern but fair test for crews and machinery, and competitors will have to work hard for good results."

The 52 kilometre prologue will be run in the Gamtoos and Melon areas. This section is made up of some rugged terrain, bushveld, river crossings, contours and dense bush

The prologue route will also be part of the first 130 kilometres of the route for the race proper. The remaining 76 kilometres will be run in the Longmore Forests with competitors completing two loops of the course.

Fourie added the event would be spectator friendly. There will be three spectator points in the first 50 kilometres and five more in the Longmore Forest section.

Public catering and ablutions will be available at Mentorskraal Country Estate on both race days and at various spectator points along the route. Documentation will start at 10h00 on Friday, 17 April with the prologue scheduled to start at 13h00 and the main race starting at 08h00 on Saturday, 18 April

-credit: saorc

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