The Caledon 400 on September 27 and 28, round six of the Bankfin Off-Road Championship, will be another of those spectator friendly events to which off-road enthusiasts have become accustomed over the last season or two. The event is also the...
The Caledon 400 on September 27 and 28, round six of the Bankfin Off-Road Championship, will be another of those spectator friendly events to which off-road enthusiasts have become accustomed over the last season or two.
The event is also the only event on the calendar that combines cars, motorcycles and quads and this gives the bash through the Eastern Free State added attraction. With big names like Alfie Cox, Darryl Curtis, Riaan van Niekerk and Clayton Enslin among the bike brigade, there will be plenty of everything for the off-road enthusiast.
The route for this year's Caledon 400 will be run close to the main road between Bloemfontein and Wepener, and this provides for easy access to good spectator points. The organisers point out that there are at least nine good vantage points close to the main tar road, and this simplifies getting close to the action.
The designated service point (DSP) will be at the Dewetsdorp show grounds, and also provides for easy access for those who want to get close to the often frantic action in the pits. With easy access to the vantage points and the DSP, there will be no stress involved for spectators who want to get out and support their heroes.
Enthusiasts will also be well catered for with bar and restaurant facilities and take-away outlets. To get everyone involved with the event in a festive mood there will also be a pre-event party at the Dewetsdorp Golf Club on September 27.
The Caledon 400 route will be made up of a north loop of approximately 230 kilometres, and a south loop of around 220 kilometres. Car entrants will run the south loop first, with the bike and quad categories starting on the north loop.
"Over the years the Caledon 400 has engendered a party spirit and is popular with competitors and spectators," said Motorsport SA Off-Road Car Racing Commission president Piet Swanepoel. "With the car, motorcycle and quad categories out in force it should be another successful event."
With the championship, sponsored by Bankfin, the specialist vehicle finance division of ABSA Bank, entering the final straight, the Caledon 400 is also going to be important for those competitors who are harbouring South African championship hopes. A number of championship issues are building up to go all the way to the wire, and the event could make or break a few championship challenges.