Limpopo 400 pre-event news 2005-09-06

FORD MOTORITE LIMPOPO 400 BREAKS NEW GROUND The Ford Motorite Limpopo 400 on September 9 and 10, round six of the Absa South African Off Road Championship, will break new ground for the off road fraternity. The cream of South Africa's off...

FORD MOTORITE LIMPOPO 400 BREAKS NEW GROUND

The Ford Motorite Limpopo 400 on September 9 and 10, round six of the Absa South African Off Road Championship, will break new ground for the off road fraternity.

The cream of South Africa's off road competitors will head for Polokwane for the first time, and will be sailing in uncharted waters. Over the years various rally events have used roads in and around Polokwane, but this will be the first time the off-road fraternity has headed as far north.

"The roads around Polokwane provide for some of the best off road terrain in the championship," said event organiser Willie Prinsloo. The route meanders on both sides of the Silica Road in the region, and will offer competitors a little of everything.

"Competitors will complete three loops of around 140 kilometres, and will be kept busy."

Prinsloo added that the route was also spectator friendly. There are a number of good spectator points, all of which will give spectators a good look at the action.

"There are no fewer than 10 good vantage points," said Prinsloo. "Because the route meanders on either side of the Silica Road, the vantage points are easily accessible - which is a bonus."

Prinsloo added that information boards will be prominently placed at the spectator points. This will allow enthusiasts to keep abreast of developments on race day.

Race headquarters and designated service points will be located at the old Polokwane airport. Documentation and scrutineering will take place at race headquarters on September 9.

The Friday prologue to determine start positions for the race proper will start about 25 kilometres out of Polokwane on the Silica Road. The finish will be back at the airport.

"The prologue will take competitors over a 50 kilometre section of the main route," said Prinsloo. "It will provide crews with an interesting appetiser."

The event is being organised by the Koepel Club in conjunction with the Pietersburg 4x4 Club, and food and refreshments will be on sale at race headquarters throughout the day on Friday and Saturday. After an 08:00 start on Saturday, 10 September, the race leaders are expected to complete the race by 14h00.

"The organisation has gone smoothly," said Prinsloo. "We have some very experienced people on the organising committee, and we are looking forward to staging an event that will be popular with both competitors and spectators."

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