STANNIC FLEET MANAGEMENT RALLY ROUTE FINALISED

The route for the Stannic Fleet Management Rally on August 14 and 15 has been finalised.

The event, round six of the Stannic National Rally Championship, will break new ground and includes one or two firsts in South African and world rallying. These include the first ever indoor special stage on a national rally, and a "Dash for Cash" special stage at the Expo Centre at Nasrec.

In keeping with the philosophy of bringing rallying to the people, the Stannic Fleet Management Rally is concentrated within major metropolitan areas in the Johannesburg, Sandton, Midrand, Pretoria and East Rand areas. The route provides for safe and spectacular spectating, and is expected to draw huge crowds.

Documentation and scrutineering will be at AA Kyalami with the Stannic Fleet Management Rally opening with a spectator orientated stage at Innesfree Park, in the heart of Sandton at 12h30. This will be a 2,10 kilometre tar stage and will provide for plenty of lunch time entertainment with refreshments available.

It is back to AA Kyalami for special stage two with competitors completing three laps of the Grand Prix circuit in a clockwise direction. From AA Kyalami crews head for the Gerotek test facility on the outskirts of Pretoria West for two special stages.

The first of these is a 12,65 "mountain" stage run on a cement surface. The second Gerotek stage is a tight 4,60 tar affair with the test facility providing for good spectator points and ample parking.

The penultimate special stage will be a repeat of the earlier AA Kyalami special stage at 17:04.

The final special stage of the day will be the Auto Africa indoor stage in Hall 5 at the Expo Centre, Nasrec, which is 11km south of the Johannesburg city centre, with the first car expected to be flagged away at 18h37. Competitors will complete two laps of a specially constructed course in the giant Hall 5 , with the innovation providing for plenty of action.

The first day is made up of just over 50 kilometres of special stage distance, with all of this on tar and cement surfaces. The overnight parc ferme is at AA Kyalami with the Stannic Fleet Management Rally scheduled to restart at the Midrand complex at 07h00.

The first of day's 13 special stages will be a 6,38 stage that incorporates dirt roads with the AA Kyalami and Leeuwkop Prison grounds. The rally then moves towards the East Rand with a series of five special stages in the Sentrarand area around Bapsfontein.

The longest of these special stages is 17,30 kilometres long with the lead cars expected at the start of special stage eight just after 08h00. The four Sentrarand special stages offer good spectating from central spectator points with refreshments available.

Special stage 14, at Droogefontein, is scheduled to start shortly after mid-day and is the only special stage on which no spectating will be permitted. The next three special stages in the Nigel/Springs area, however, provide for excellent spectator viewing and are easily accessible via freeway and district roads.

The first cars at special stages 15 to 17 will depart between approximately 12h30 and 13h45 and offer a variety of fast and tight sections. Competitors will then head back to the Expo Centre at Nasrec for the final two special stages on the Stannic Fleet Management Rally.

Special stage 18 will be the Expo Centre Super Special with two cars running against each other on a 1km course.

The final special stage of the rally will be the Stannic "Dash for Cash" with competitors completing two laps of a 500 metre course that incorporates Hall 5 and Expo Centre access roads. There is a R1 000,00 cash prize for the fastest crews in each class.

The Expo Centre Super Special and the Stannic "Dash for Cash" will provide an exciting finale to an event, organised by the East Rand Branch of the Sports Car Club, which is full of innovation. Ample parking and refreshment facilities at the Expo Centre, Nasrec will provide motorsport enthusiasts with trouble free and spectacular entertainment.

Total special stage distance on day two is approximately 150 kilometres and, with the exception of the Expo Centre special stages, the bulk of the second day's route is run on dirt providing competitors with contrasting surfaces over the two days.