Off season update 2002-03-08

The MSA Off-Road Car Racing Championship is set to reach new heights in 2002. The championship went on something of a roller coaster ride in 2001, and ended the year on the crest of a wave. Now early developments and long term planning are set...

The MSA Off-Road Car Racing Championship is set to reach new heights in 2002.

The championship went on something of a roller coaster ride in 2001, and ended the year on the crest of a wave. Now early developments and long term planning are set to see the series break new ground.

"We had a great 2001, but that is now in the past," said MSA Off-Road Car Racing Commission president Piet Swanepoel. "We have to ensure that the momentum is maintained, and that the championship continues to grow.

"We have addressed certain issues, and are looking forward to reaching new heights."

In major pre-season developments a new class for two wheel drive vehicles has been introduced in the Production Vehicle category, and power restrictions have been introduced in the Production Vehicle category. The introduction of restrictors now brings the South African series into line with FIA Cross-Country Rally regulations.

The scoring system has also been revamped, and the championship will this year have a dedicated website aimed at keeping competitors and enthusiasts up to date with news and views. The website address is www.motornews.co.za and will be up and running from 1 April 2002.

"Bringing events closer to the public is part of our strategy this season," said Swanepoel. "We are also currently negotiating an attractive TV coverage package, and marketing the championship is high on the list of priorities."

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