New Special Vehicle class added

A new class has been added to the Special Vehicle category in this year's SA South African Off-Road Car Racing Championship. Class S will cater for cars which previously raced in Class A, but which are now not competitive against the new hi-tech...

A new class has been added to the Special Vehicle category in this year's SA South African Off-Road Car Racing Championship.

Class S will cater for cars which previously raced in Class A, but which are now not competitive against the new hi-tech machinery that makes use of A-arm suspension. The Class S regulations come into immediate effect, and cars will be eligible to compete in the opening event of the season, the Barberspan 500, on March 22 and 23.

"We have found that many of the older style Class A cars are lying around or are only raced on regional events," said MSA Off-Road Car Racing Commission Special Vehicle representative Buks Carolin. "The cars are no longer competitive against the new hi-tech machinery, but by creating Class S we are hoping to entice drivers who own these vehicles to come out of the woodwork.

"People like John Lambert, the Sullwald brothers, Vince Trethewey, Ashley Thorn and Richard Carolin now have a shot at winning a national title. The new category will also swell entries in the Special Vehicle category, and a few of the old timers could shock a couple of the new kids on the block."

In terms of the regulations, drawn up by Carolin, there will be no restrictions on either engine or gearbox, while front suspension will be of the Volkswagen Beetle Type 1 beam with upper and lower trailing arms to a spindle link combination. Shockabsorber shaft diameter is restricted to 23 millimetres.

Rear suspension will be VW Kombi type trailing arm with either coil over or torsion bars.

-saorc/msa-

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