Series newsletter 2009-03-12

SPECTATOR FRIENDLY ADENCO 400 The Adenco 400, the opening round of the Absa Off Road Championship on Friday and Saturday 20/21 March, will be a highly spectator friendly event. Based once again in Darling, the West Coast village that is home...

SPECTATOR FRIENDLY ADENCO 400

The Adenco 400, the opening round of the Absa Off Road Championship on Friday and Saturday 20/21 March, will be a highly spectator friendly event.

Based once again in Darling, the West Coast village that is home to artists, actors, retired financiers and other interesting people, will kick off with a 66 kilometre prologue on Friday to determine start positions for the race proper. The race on Saturday will be run over two loops of 160 kilometres with race headquarters and he designated service park at the Darling Country Cub.

The prologue will take competitors from Darling through Groote Post, Commercial Dale and Oranjefontein before heading into the bush at Mamre. The route passes through Burghers Post and Cloof Wine Estate and finishes at Waylands.

"There are six spectator points with easy access from the R307 and three more off the R315," said clerk of the course Robert Marle. "With competitors completing two loops of the 160 kilometre route there will be plenty of action with cars twice passing through spectator points."

The furthest spectator point from Darling, and the most interesting, is the Cloof Wine Estate. The spectator point will offer an array of fast foods and beverages.

And for those who want a small break from the frenetic pace of off road racing the wine tasting room offers reasonably priced light meals. There is no charge for wine tasting and the Cloof tasting room will be open from 10h00 to 17h00 on Friday and from 10h00 to 14h00 on Saturday.

The other highly recommended spectator point on Saturday is at Kraalbos Dam off the R315. The historic Kraalbosdam farm dates back to before 1832 and is in the process of being restored to its former glory.

The historic "waenhuis" has been transformed into the Kraalbosdam venue and serves a variety of light meals with a full bar facility. There is also plenty of parking.

The prologue will start at the Darling Country Club at 14h00 on Friday. Spectator guides will be available and enthusiasts will be able to view the vehicles and speak to crew members before the start.

The race proper will start at the same venue at 08h30 on Saturday with the first competitors expected at the service park at 11h00. The leading cars are expected at the finish at around 14h00.

-credit: saorc

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