New Off Road initiative announced

NEW OFF ROAD INITIATIVE Off road racing has put in place a new initiative to attract entries to national championship events from the ranks of regional championship competitors. The Motorsport South Africa Off Road Car Racing Commission has ...

NEW OFF ROAD INITIATIVE

Off road racing has put in place a new initiative to attract entries to national championship events from the ranks of regional championship competitors.

The Motorsport South Africa Off Road Car Racing Commission has given the go ahead for a National Clubmans Challenge to run in conjunction with Absa Off Road Championship events throughout the country. The Clubmans Challenge will be open only to regional event license holders, who will pay 50 percent of the national event entry fee, and will be made up of four events spread throughout the season.

"We heard through various channels there are a great many regional competitors who would like to compete at national level before committing themselves to the costs involved," said commission president Piet Swanepoel. "The Clubmans Challenge will give these competitors the chance to test the waters without breaking the bank.

"We are expecting a good response to the plan and anticipate there could be a spin-off for the sport at national level."

Swanepoel said there would only be one category, an Open Class, for the challenge and cars would have to comply with relevant MSA Technical regulations. To qualify for the challenge competitors will have to enter a minimum of four events.

"Competitors are free to enter more than four events if they so wish, but for National Clubmans Challenge purposes only the first four events competed in will be scored," said Swanepoel. "The only other stipulation is that there must be a minimum of six starters for points to be awarded.

"Off road racing is in a healthy state at the moment, but we are a proactive commission and have a gut feel the plan will help swell the ranks of those competitors who compete at national level for a full season."

-msa

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