Magalies 400: Pre-event notes

RFS MAGALIES 400 AN EVENT WITH A DIFFERENCE The RFS Magalies 400 at Tarlton International Raceway on November 21 and 22, the final event in this year's Absa Off Road Championship, is shaping up to be an event with a difference. The race will...

RFS MAGALIES 400 AN EVENT WITH A DIFFERENCE

The RFS Magalies 400 at Tarlton International Raceway on November 21 and 22, the final event in this year's Absa Off Road Championship, is shaping up to be an event with a difference.

The race will settle some important championship issues in both the Special and Production Vehicle categories -- but that is not all. The event will also offer a few innovations new to the off road fraternity.

The RFS Magalies 400 is a new event on the Absa calendar and a drag racing element will add to proceedings. RFS, a leader in the employee benefits field, has put up R1 000 in prize money for the fastest time, in each class, set over the quarter-mile drag strip.

"With the race based at Tarlton International Raceway it seemed silly not to take advantage of the facilities," said RFS managing director Chris du Plooy who is also a leading competitor in the Absa series.

"The quarter-mile runs will not count towards the overall standings in the race, but offer competitors the opportunity to get a taste of drag racing and have some fun."

Mick van Rensburg, Tarlton International Raceway owner and 'Big Daddy' of South African drag racing, has arranged a few demonstration runs prior to the timed sessions for the off road vehicles.

"In drag racing if you snooze you lose," said van Rensburg. "We will perform a couple of demo runs to show the off roaders the ropes. "After that they are own their own."

The timed runs will start at 11:00 prior to the Friday prologue to determine grid positions for the race proper. The first Production Vehicle will come under starters order for the prologue at 11:20.

To add a little spice to the prologue the first five Production and Special vehicles will draw for their prologue start positions.

This is a departure from the normal practice of start positions being determined by a seeding system.

There will also be a later than usual start to the race proper on the Saturday. Proceedings will get underway at 08:30 instead of the usual 08:00.

"Tarlton International Raceway is easily accessible from most areas in Gauteng, Tswane and Northwest Province and we are looking at a huge turnout of spectators," said MSA Off Road Car Racing Commission President Richard Schilling. "With championships to be settled and some new innovations it should be an exciting weekend."

Food and beverages will be on sale on Friday and Saturday and the weekend will be rounded off with the Sunfield Homes charity day on November 23. The Sunfield Day sees the off road community, for the 20th year, opening their hearts and their wallets for a worthy cause.

-credit: saorc

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