Magalies 400: Series pre-race notes

It is all systems go for the RFS Magalies 400, the final event of the ABSA Off Road Championship, on November 6 and 7 with off road racing's strong family connections again coming to the surface. Race director Adri Roets and his team from Off...

It is all systems go for the RFS Magalies 400, the final event of the ABSA Off Road Championship, on November 6 and 7 with off road racing's strong family connections again coming to the surface.

Race director Adri Roets and his team from Off Road South Africa (ORSA) are busy putting the finishing touches to the route for the event which was run for the first time last year. Some changes are expected with the route again providing for a stern test for man and machinery.

"With the event run for the first time last year it is inevitable there will be some changes," said Roets. "We have taken cognisance of feedback from competitors, and it will be a challenging and interesting route."

Roets added that the route would also be spectator friendly. A number of spectator points, all within easy reach of race headquarters at the Tarlton International Raceway, would provide for exciting viewing.

In the meantime ORSA is dealing with a flood of entries for the race which also incorporates a round of the Northern Regions championship. Although it is the final event of the year, the race has attracted a huge amount of attention.

A number of entries have also been received which once again reflect the family nature of off road racing. Hendrik Kraaij, who normally competes with father Jan in the Keymax BAT, will link up with Andries Voogt.

Voogt's father, Tiddo, teamed up with the elder Kraaij to win the Class B championship last year. Both the elder Kraaij, who is in Australia, and the elder Voogt will miss the final race because of business commitments.

On the regional front Johan Gerber's son Riaan will compete with girlfriend Danielle in the Tupperware Special running in Class A. Gerber and former Blue Bull scrum half Coetzee Labuschagne, who are lifelong friends, compete in Class D in the national series in the Raysonics Nissan Hardbody.

Riaan normally competes with Labuscagne's daughter, Sandra, in regional events. However, end of year exams will see Sandra miss the RFS Magalies 400.

The organiser's are also expecting a regional championship entry from Henri Zermatten's two sons. The Zermatten boys are likely to be out in the Pajero first campaigned by their father and uncle Maurice who won the Class D championship last year in the Ryobi Nissan Hardbody.

There will also be a change of personnel in the Ford Racing camp. Regular driver Buppy Rubuluza will also be busy with exams and former national champion Manfred Schroder will team up with Khuliele Vakaliza in the factory Ford Racing Ranger running in Class E.

Race headquarters and the Designated Service Park (DSP) will both be at Tarlton International Raceway with the prologue to determine race start position to be held on Friday, November 6 from 12:30. The race on November 7 will start at 08:00

-credit: saoffroadracing.co.za

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