Lesotho Sun 400 test route announced

SECOND LESOTHO SUN 400 WILL OFFER A TESTING ROUTE AND NUMEROUS SPECTATOR POINTS The Lesotho Sun 400, round five of the Absa Off Road Championship, will once again be distinguished by a testing route and numerous spectator points according to the...

SECOND LESOTHO SUN 400 WILL OFFER A TESTING ROUTE AND NUMEROUS SPECTATOR POINTS

The Lesotho Sun 400, round five of the Absa Off Road Championship, will once again be distinguished by a testing route and numerous spectator points according to the organisers, the Lesotho Off Road Association.

The event, sponsored for the second year in succession by the Lesotho Sun Hotel in Maseru, will start in the mountain kingdom's capital, Maseru, at 13h00 on August 5 with the traditional short circuit event at Pope's Podium. This will be followed immediately by the prologue, which will start about 6 km away and finish at Pitso Ground, Matsieng.

The short circuit has been extended to 8 km to give added value for spectators, with competitors passing the Podium four times in different directions.

The prologue will be run over a distance of 32 km and a total of four excellent spectator points has been identified by the organisers.

The main race on Saturday morning, August 6, will start at 08h00 from Matsieng, which will also serve as the designated service point (DSP) and the finish.

The route is completely different to last year's and will be run in three loops of 120 km each in the Lowlands of Lesotho. There will be a total of six spectator points along the route, all of which are easily accessible by car on tarred roads. Competitors will return to the DSP twice and will be decontrolled each time. The restart after the decontrol is 2 km from Matsieng along a tar road.

Following last year's very high rate of attrition, the organisers have put together a less difficult route but one that nonetheless will put all competitors to the test while allowing a better finish rate. There will be some fast sections as well as a number of rocky passes.

From Matsieng competitors will to travel to Morija and towards Motsekuoa before branching west towards Kolo on the eastern border with South Africa. The route continues in a clockwise direction, looping north and then east in the Mantsebo area before returning to the DSP and decontrol at Matsieng.

The second Lesotho Sun 400 promises to once again be a highlight of this year's off road calendar.

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